Many semi-trucks share the highway with smaller vehicles in South Carolina. As the occupant of a much smaller passenger vehicle, you stand to suffer catastrophic injuries in an auto accident involving a tractor-trailer. As such, truckers and truck operators have a responsibility to drive carefully and obey all regulations related to their industry. When they shirk these responsibilities and cause an accident as a result, those injured may be eligible to pursue compensation.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one because of a truck crash, please call our Columbia truck accident lawyers for a complimentary case evaluation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help you seek justice.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Columbia
Claims handled by our attorneys involve negligence. Negligence is the carelessness that led to your injuries or the death of your loved one. For example, the following causes of truck accidents may be tied back to negligence:
- Violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations
- Violation of hours of service regulations
- Truck driver fatigue
- Truck driver intoxication
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Unbalanced truck cargo
- Overloaded truck cargo
- Negligent hiring practices
- Inadequate driver training
As local attorneys experienced in these matters, we put our technology, resources, and skills to work to determine who is at-fault for the truck crash that injured you. We also want to learn how the injury has impacted your life. What have the consequences been, financial, physical, and otherwise? By understanding the impact the accident has had on you and your family, we will be ready to show arbitrators, mediators, judges, or juries how you have been affected and why you deserve maximum compensation.
Potential At-Fault Parties
Each case is different, but negligence in a truck accident is often linked to one of the following parties:
- Truck drivers
- Truck owners and operators
- Truck manufacturers
- Manufacturer of truck parts
- Mechanics and companies responsible for truck maintenance
- Engineers or designers of defective roads
The Columbia lawyers at Whetstone Perkins & Fulda will investigate your truck wreck claim to determine fault. Trucking companies have powerful insurers protecting them. As an injured accident victim, you can benefit from having an equally experienced and skilled law team on your side. We have been practicing in South Carolina for many years and resolve motor vehicle accident cases routinely. See our client reviews for examples of recent cases. Rely on us for straightforward answers and to obtain the best possible results.
How Should I Choose a Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer?
With several interstate highways traversing through the state, tractor-trailer and semi-truck accidents are not uncommon. Interstates 20, 26, and 77 circle Columbia, making accidents between local commuters and cross-country trucking operations not all that unusual.
At Whetstone Perkins & Fulda, our skilled attorneys have direct experience working with trucking accident cases that are affected by state, federal, and municipal laws in Columbia. Our lawyers understand and can anticipate how your trucking accident case may be influenced by regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the agency whose mission includes prevention of injuries and fatalities related to commercial vehicles. We know how to urge the rapid dispatch of scene preservation specialists, which can result in the capturing of important evidence in your case.
After suffering the kind of catastrophic injury that a trucking accident is capable of causing, you deserve maximum compensation for the devastating consequences you are facing, such as:
- Loss of wages from being unable to work
- Current and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitative care expenses
- Extreme pain and suffering
Our experienced lawyers utilize the latest in media and digital technology to demonstrate key aspects of your case to potential mediators, judges and juries.
What to Do After an 18-Wheeler Accident
After you have received medical care for your injuries, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible. A Columbia attorney can begin working on your case immediately to determine who caused the tractor-trailer accident and to begin building a strategy to pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
We work with medical experts and accident reconstructionists to understand exactly what took place during the crash and what factors led up to the crash. You deserve to get the medical care you need so you can begin recovering from your injuries. Let us fight for you while you focus on healing. We have extensive resources and offer individualized, client-focused attention to you and your family.
Call Now for a Complimentary Case Evaluation with a Columbia Truck Accident Attorney
Ready to find out if you have a truck accident case? For a complimentary consultation, please call Whetstone Perkins & Fulda today. Our Columbia truck accident lawyers proudly represent people from across the state.