Logging Truck Accident Attorneys

South Carolina Logging Truck Accident Attorneys

Injured by a logging truck? The experienced South Carolina logging truck accident lawyers at Steinberg Law Firm can help.

Logging plays an important role in the US economy. Felled trees are a sustainable source of paper, building materials, and many other resources. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that over 8,000 logging truck drivers worked in the US in 2022. The majority of these drivers work for private companies in the logging industry or work for themselves as owner-operators. Many drivers are underpaid and overworked, rushing to deliver their loads quickly. While these drivers try to make deliveries safely, negligence or carelessness can result in severe injuries. 

If you’ve been injured in a logging truck accident, don’t wait: Talk to the experienced South Carolina logging truck crash lawyers at Steinberg Law Firm today. 

Types of Catastrophic Logging Truck Accidents

Logging trucks contain hundreds of parts in their engines, brakes, tires, and trailer systems. These parts are often under stress and experience significant wear and tear. 

Accidents may result from equipment breakdowns, driver error, or other causes. Common types of logging truck accidents include:

  • Falling logs and debris. Logs that aren’t loaded correctly may become loose, falling into roadways and causing a crash. 
  • Jackknifing. A truck that swerves or slips on ice may jackknife, a condition in which the truck’s trailer swings parallel to the tractor instead of following behind. Jackknifing trucks are difficult or impossible to control and can cause major wrecks on South Carolina roads. 
  • Rollovers. Speeding, braking improperly, or hauling logs that weren’t loaded correctly can all result in a truck rolling over, causing death or serious injuries. 
  • Tire blowouts and other equipment failures. A tire blowout may cause a driver to lose control of the truck, resulting in crash injuries. Other equipment failures, like brake failures, can have similar catastrophic consequences. 

Drivers, cargo loaders, and others involved in logging transportation must check on their vehicles and meet other safety requirements. When they fail in these responsibilities, others on the road may pay the price. 

Who is Responsible for a Logging Truck Crash? 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has several rules it uses to regulate the work of logging trucks. For example, logging trucks must have appropriate stakes, tie-downs, and other equipment to prevent timber from rolling off a truck’s trailer. This equipment must withstand even the forces of sudden braking or swerving if the truck driver takes these steps to avoid a collision. 

Similarly, federal regulations hold logging truck drivers to high standards. These drivers must maintain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) with the appropriate endorsements for their work. Drivers are also expected to inspect their trucks and cargo regularly, adhere to Hours of Service requirements, and submit to regular Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals.

When a logging truck crashes, one or more of the following parties may be at fault:

  • The driver. Drivers must practice safe driving, meet federal and state safety requirements, and inspect their vehicles for potential dangers. When they don’t, serious injuries or death may result. 
  • The trucking company. Trucking companies have a duty to maintain their vehicles in good working order, monitor drivers, and follow state and federal laws. Failure in any of these duties can lead to a crash.
  • The logging company. Many truck drivers do not load their own trailers. Instead, a logging company is often responsible for loading logs onto a trailer. A catastrophic crash can occur if the company doesn’t load or secure the logs correctly. 
  • The truck’s maintenance crew. Maintenance and repair teams must take care to do their jobs correctly. An improperly performed repair or improperly installed part can spell disaster if it fails on the road, and the driver may not know about the issue until it is too late to stop a crash. 

Who is at fault in a particular crash? Answering this question often requires research and analysis. A skilled logging truck crash lawyer can help you determine exactly who caused your injuries and fight for the compensation you deserve.  

Talk to an Experienced South Carolina Logging Truck Accident Lawyer Today

It is possible for logging trucks to share the road safely with other vehicles. To ensure safety, everyone involved in the loading, driving, and maintenance of the logging truck must meet their duty to ensure the truck can travel safely with its cargo. Serious injuries can result when any of these parties fail in their responsibilities.

If you or someone you love has been severely injured in a logging truck crash, don’t wait. Talk to the experienced South Carolina logging truck accident attorneys at Steinberg Law Firm today. We’ll help you understand your legal rights, take the necessary steps to protect your family, and hold negligent parties accountable. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation with one of our dedicated injury lawyers.

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