Summerville Fatal Truck Accident Lawyer

Wrongful Death Attorneys for South Carolina Semi Crashes

Truck accidents are among the deadliest of any vehicle accident type, and it is not hard to imagine why. Commercial trucks of all kinds are big, heavy, unwieldy, and capable of causing devastation on the road.  

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one was killed in an accident with a large commercial truck, you need to know that your case is in capable hands. Steinberg Law Firm has a strong, nearly 100-year history of representing injured South Carolinians in Summerville and beyond. Our truck accident lawyers are ready to help you and your family recover from an accident and will work hard to protect your rights.

What Makes Truck Accidents So Dangerous?

A commercial truck weighs much more than a standard passenger vehicle. Their shape, size, and weight distribution of trucks combine to create potentially dangerous conditions. Big trucks take longer to come to a complete stop and are harder to maneuver.

Accidents involving large trucks will frequently cause serious injuries and fatalities. Approximately 82 percent of fatalities in these accidents are those in smaller cars, on bicycles, or on foot. 

Truck Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were a total of 4,951 people killed in large-truck crashes in 2018, across the United States, an increase of 46 percent since 2009. Seventy-one percent of fatalities in large truck crashes were occupants of other vehicles. Eighteen percent of fatalities in accidents involving large trucks were truck drivers and truck occupants. Non-occupants, primarily pedestrians, and bicyclists, accounted for eleven percent of fatalities in large truck crashes. In 2018, 112,000 trucks were involved in nonfatal accidents.

Truck accidents regularly occur on South Carolina’s busy roadways. Data shows that they account for 6.5 percent of all fatal accidents in the state. In 2018, 67 of the vehicles involved in the 1,030 fatal accidents in South Carolina were heavy trucks.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents 

While truck drivers are trained professionals, even one small error can cause an accident. The most common causes of truck accidents include:
• Negligence
• Driver fatigue
• Impaired driving
• Reckless driving
• Speeding
• Equipment failure
• Poorly trained operators
• Road conditions
• Improperly loaded or unbalanced cargo

Commercial truck drivers and their employers are required to follow state and federal safety laws. Among other things, these laws dictate the number of hours drivers can drive, rest time, maintenance protocols, record-keeping, weight limits, and required equipment. After a truck accident, a truck accident attorney will search for evidence showing that the drivers or the company that employs them did not follow the safety standards and laws.

The nature of commerce today requires companies to get things to consumers as quickly as possible. This puts drivers under intense pressure to do more in less time. This might lead to driving while tired, overlooking mandated rest times, using drugs to stay awake, and other dangerous conditions.

How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help

Truck accidents are often complicated because the responsibility for the accident can be shared among multiple parties. The liability for your accident could be shared by the truck driver, another driver, the truck manufacturer, the loading company, and more.

Knowing what led to the accident is crucial. Do not hesitate to immediately contact an experienced truck accident attorney at the Steinberg Law Firm for help. Our team will investigate the accident to prove who was at fault and hold them accountable. 

To establish a cause for the accident and liability, your attorney will need to perform an investigation. To do this, they might:

• Collect and preserve critical evidence;
• Go over the police report;
• Visit the scene of the accident;
• Photograph elements of the scene like skid marks and points of impact;
• Speak with witnesses;
• Gather maintenance records and driver logs from the trucking company to ensure all federal and state laws were being followed;
• Get the trucks black box, which can contain valuable information about the accident;
• Hire experts when needed to reconstruct the accident or offer insight into injuries and more.

Potential Damages in a Truck Accident

When you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a truck accident, there is no way to go back in time and prevent the accident from ever happening or a magical cure for all the damage caused. To make up for this, responsible parties must compensate accident victims for their injuries and other damages. Although it is not a replacement for the lives forever changed by a truck accident, a financial award can help you and your family get the care and comfort you need.

Economic and non-economic damages could be available. In some cases, punitive damages meant to punish the driver or trucking company for particularly egregious behavior could also be awarded. Economic damages that can be recovered are easier to calculate. Economic damages include the following:

• Property damage to your car and belongings;
• Medical bills and expenses;
• Lost wages due to an inability to work while healing from your injuries;
• Future lost wages due to a long-term disability affecting your future earning capacity;
• Lost benefits.

Non-economic damages that you would recover are more difficult to discern because they have no exact dollar value. They are no less important and should be compensated fully and fairly. Non-economic damages include the following:

• Pain and suffering from your injuries;
• Emotional distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mental anguish;
• Loss of consortium.

Contact a Summerville Truck Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident with a commercial truck, the Steinberg Law Firm can help. Our experienced and sensitive attorneys can assist your family during this difficult time and get you closer to healing from the trauma caused by the accident.

Contact our Summerville office at (843) 720-2800 to schedule a free case review with one of our truck accident attorneys.

RESULTS

WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:
$2,750,000 in a product defect case, scissor lift malfunction.

Summerville Fatal Truck Accident Lawyer

Wrongful Death Attorneys for South Carolina Semi Crashes

Truck accidents are among the deadliest of any vehicle accident type, and it is not hard to imagine why. Commercial trucks of all kinds are big, heavy, unwieldy, and capable of causing devastation on the road.  

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one was killed in an accident with a large commercial truck, you need to know that your case is in capable hands. Steinberg Law Firm has a strong, nearly 100-year history of representing injured South Carolinians in Summerville and beyond. Our truck accident lawyers are ready to help you and your family recover from an accident and will work hard to protect your rights.

What Makes Truck Accidents So Dangerous?

A commercial truck weighs much more than a standard passenger vehicle. Their shape, size, and weight distribution of trucks combine to create potentially dangerous conditions. Big trucks take longer to come to a complete stop and are harder to maneuver.

Accidents involving large trucks will frequently cause serious injuries and fatalities. Approximately 82 percent of fatalities in these accidents are those in smaller cars, on bicycles, or on foot. 

Truck Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were a total of 4,951 people killed in large-truck crashes in 2018, across the United States, an increase of 46 percent since 2009. Seventy-one percent of fatalities in large truck crashes were occupants of other vehicles. Eighteen percent of fatalities in accidents involving large trucks were truck drivers and truck occupants. Non-occupants, primarily pedestrians, and bicyclists, accounted for eleven percent of fatalities in large truck crashes. In 2018, 112,000 trucks were involved in nonfatal accidents.

Truck accidents regularly occur on South Carolina’s busy roadways. Data shows that they account for 6.5 percent of all fatal accidents in the state. In 2018, 67 of the vehicles involved in the 1,030 fatal accidents in South Carolina were heavy trucks.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents 

While truck drivers are trained professionals, even one small error can cause an accident. The most common causes of truck accidents include:
• Negligence
• Driver fatigue
• Impaired driving
• Reckless driving
• Speeding
• Equipment failure
• Poorly trained operators
• Road conditions
• Improperly loaded or unbalanced cargo

Commercial truck drivers and their employers are required to follow state and federal safety laws. Among other things, these laws dictate the number of hours drivers can drive, rest time, maintenance protocols, record-keeping, weight limits, and required equipment. After a truck accident, a truck accident attorney will search for evidence showing that the drivers or the company that employs them did not follow the safety standards and laws.

The nature of commerce today requires companies to get things to consumers as quickly as possible. This puts drivers under intense pressure to do more in less time. This might lead to driving while tired, overlooking mandated rest times, using drugs to stay awake, and other dangerous conditions.

How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help

Truck accidents are often complicated because the responsibility for the accident can be shared among multiple parties. The liability for your accident could be shared by the truck driver, another driver, the truck manufacturer, the loading company, and more.

Knowing what led to the accident is crucial. Do not hesitate to immediately contact an experienced truck accident attorney at the Steinberg Law Firm for help. Our team will investigate the accident to prove who was at fault and hold them accountable. 

To establish a cause for the accident and liability, your attorney will need to perform an investigation. To do this, they might:

• Collect and preserve critical evidence;
• Go over the police report;
• Visit the scene of the accident;
• Photograph elements of the scene like skid marks and points of impact;
• Speak with witnesses;
• Gather maintenance records and driver logs from the trucking company to ensure all federal and state laws were being followed;
• Get the trucks black box, which can contain valuable information about the accident;
• Hire experts when needed to reconstruct the accident or offer insight into injuries and more.

Potential Damages in a Truck Accident

When you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a truck accident, there is no way to go back in time and prevent the accident from ever happening or a magical cure for all the damage caused. To make up for this, responsible parties must compensate accident victims for their injuries and other damages. Although it is not a replacement for the lives forever changed by a truck accident, a financial award can help you and your family get the care and comfort you need.

Economic and non-economic damages could be available. In some cases, punitive damages meant to punish the driver or trucking company for particularly egregious behavior could also be awarded. Economic damages that can be recovered are easier to calculate. Economic damages include the following:

• Property damage to your car and belongings;
• Medical bills and expenses;
• Lost wages due to an inability to work while healing from your injuries;
• Future lost wages due to a long-term disability affecting your future earning capacity;
• Lost benefits.

Non-economic damages that you would recover are more difficult to discern because they have no exact dollar value. They are no less important and should be compensated fully and fairly. Non-economic damages include the following:

• Pain and suffering from your injuries;
• Emotional distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mental anguish;
• Loss of consortium.

Contact a Summerville Truck Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an accident with a commercial truck, the Steinberg Law Firm can help. Our experienced and sensitive attorneys can assist your family during this difficult time and get you closer to healing from the trauma caused by the accident.

Contact our Summerville office at (843) 720-2800 to schedule a free case review with one of our truck accident attorneys.

RESULTS

WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:
$2,750,000 in a product defect case, scissor lift malfunction.

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