Charleston Truck Accident Lawyers

Truck Accident Lawyers Representing Charleston & nearby areas of South Carolina

Being involved in any type of automobile accident can be a horrible experience for all involved. But a crash caused by an 80,000 pound semi-truck is horrific and leads to serious damages and injury. The usual causes of accidents involving 18-wheelers or semi-trucks vary, but often they involve the truck driver being negligent and reckless. Also, crashes involving big trucks are often more complicated than a crash between two cars. Because these cases are more complicated and complex, it is imperative that if you are involved in one of these types of crashes, then you have to hire an experienced South Carolina tractor-trailer accident lawyer to help you and to get you the compensation you need.

How a Truck Injury Law Firm Can Help You

The truck accident lawyers at the Steinberg Law Firm have handled many of these complicated cases. We will start protecting your rights and start working the case immediately. Large trucking companies and insurance companies have armies of lawyers on their side; you should have an experienced team working for your benefit so that you can receive the fair compensation you deserve.

After a crash with a semi-truck there are many things that have to be done as quickly as possible in order to preserve evidence so that the cause of the crash can be recreated and determined. With a serious big rig crash where one or more people have been seriously injured or killed, the trucking company will immediately send a team of investigators to the crash site in order to either gather evidence that will hurt you or even attempt to destroy or conceal evidence. Therefore, it is important that your team is on your side as quickly as possible. These are only some of things the lawyers and staff will accomplish when you hire the Steinberg Law Firm:

  • Take detailed photographs and measurements at the scene of the crash, noting the lengths of any skid marks and locations of the vehicles.

  • Collect and maintain any evidence at the scene of the accident that might be relevant and make sure to ensure the “chain of custody” of the evidence so that it can be used in court without claims of evidence tampering. Some types of physical evidence could be pieces of the various vehicles involved as well as dash camera footage.

  • Track down all witnesses and get their recorded statements as soon as possible so that the information provided is the most accurate and no one forgets important facts and impressions of the truck crash.

  • Acquire the police accident investigation report and any documentation, photos or measurements taken by the police while investigating the crash.

  • Obtain records from the trucking company about the driver of the semi including their driving log notes which are required to be kept by Federal law. The driving log shows how much the driver had been on the road that day. Sometimes fatigue plays a part in these truck crashes.

  • Obtain the truck’s “black box” and pull the data off it to preserve it. Just like with airplanes, 18-wheelers have a black box that records all data about the truck in real time, including speed, direction and breaking action just before the accident happens. This is a wealth of information for accident reconstruction experts.

  • If necessary, hire our own crash reconstruction expert to look at all the evidence and give an expert opinion on what caused the collision and how the crash went down.

What Should You Do at The Scene of a Semi-Truck Crash

There are many things that people at the scene of a semi-truck crash can do that will help their case or the cases of friends and family that were also in the vehicle. The first thing is to make sure you are not putting yourself into harm’s way further — for example, if your vehicle is on fire then get out of it immediately. Next, assuming you are able, call 911 as soon as possible so that help can arrive for anyone that is injured, including yourself. The quicker an ambulance arrives the better chances the injured will have to survive. Also, the quicker police arrive the better they can direct traffic to help prevent subsequent accidents. The other reasons that you want the police there is to be able to investigate the crash by interviewing witnesses and taking pictures. Once an accident report is generated, that document can be used later by the attorneys to determine who was at fault if a lawsuit is necessary. Here are some other things to do at the scene of a tractor-trailer accident:

  • Note if the truck driver is acting intoxicated. Check for the following: slurred speech and stumbling/falling over. Note is the truck driver is attempting to destroy evidence of being intoxicated by throwing away bottles or cans of alcohol from the truck cab.

  • Attempt to get the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone involved including anyone who could potentially be a witness.

  • If you have a smartphones take pictures so that you can record what the scene of the crash was like right after the crash. Take photos of the entire area so that, if necessary, your future personal injury lawyer will be able to get a good sense of the roadway and how the crash happened.

  • Be cooperative and honest with the investigating police officer when they ask you to provide a statement of what happened. Do not exaggerate anything but also do not leave any facts out, even if you think they might not matter.

Potential Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents

Every motor vehicle crash usually has one or more causes. The most likely cause of motor vehicle crashes is driver negligence. truck accidents are not different. However, due to the specific nature of tractor trailers and how big they are and what regulations control drivers’ actions, the causes of truck crashes can be many. Here are some of the main causes of semi-truck crashes:

  • Negligence. Such as being distracted while driving or driving too closely behind another vehicle and not being able to stop in time, or reckless driving such as sudden lane changes, etc.

  • Speeding. A truck driver traveling at a high rate of speed will be unable to stop the truck in time. Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are difficult to stop. If the truck driver is faced with a sudden emergency and cannot stop in time due to speeding, then the driver would be negligent.

  • Falsified log books. Federal law requires semi-truck drivers to only drive a certain number of hours in a 24 hour period. Once they hit that maximum amount of hours, they have to pull over and rest for at least 10 hours. This law is in place to protect the truck driver as well as other vehicles on the roads and highways of America. Often, however, a semi-truck driver falsifies the log book that keeps track of the hours, thus creating a dangerous situation and violating the law.

  • Poorly trained drivers. Every state has requirements for people to get their specialized license to driver trucks. Frequently, the trucking companies themselves hire and train drivers. Sometimes, corners are cut in the training and there are ill trained drivers on the road who cannot handle the big rigs properly.

  • Mechanical failures. Due to wear and tear on the big rigs, there are bound to be mechanical failures such as break failures or tire blowouts. Trucks are supposed to be inspected on a regular basis, but sometimes these inspections fail to catch problems.

  • Overloaded or improperly loaded trailers. Sometimes semi-truck crashes are caused not by the negligence of the driver but by the negligence of the people loading it. If too much weight is loaded onto the semi, this could be dangerous and cause a crash. Also, if the cargo is loaded into the rig in an unsafe manner without properly being strapped down, the cargo could shift during transit, causing the vehicle to become unstable.

  • Driving under the influence. A surprising number of truck accidents are caused by drivers being intoxicated by alcohol or being under the influence of other drugs.

Common Semi-Truck Accident Injuries

Due to the size of these trucks, the injuries that are caused by a truck crash can be, on average, much more severe than in car accidents. Moreover, semi-truck accidents cause multi-vehicle collisions, affecting more people than just a car fender bender. Here are some of the common semi-truck crash injuries:

  • Brain injuries: Brain injuries are common in crashes. Although newer vehicles are equipped with more and better airbags, there is still a chance of brain injury in a truck crash.

  • Spinal cord injuries: Injuries to the spine are common in many types of accidents with all types and sizes of vehicles. However, due to the size of tractor-trailers, accidents involving 18-wheelers are more violent, causing more spinal cord injuries.

  • Loss of limbs (amputations): When a smaller vehicle is struck by a speeding semi-truck often the smaller vehicle flips in the air. When this happens, the driver and passengers in the smaller vehicle are thrown out of the car, and in the process have arms and legs severed.

  • Burns and death by fire: In most crashes, cars do not catch on fire. But due to the impact of a crash caused by an 18-wheeler, this can ignite the gas tank or fuel lines, causing vehicles to blow up.

  • Fatal truck crashes: Again, due to the size of these machines and the speed at which they travel down the highway, there is a higher percentage of fatalities when semi-trucks are involved.

In recent years, truck crashes accounted for 67 of the 1,030 vehicles involved in fatal South Carolina traffic crashes, accounting for 6.5 percent of fatal accidents in the state. These semi-truck crashes took the lives of 49 occupants of other vehicles, 10 truckers and 6 pedestrians.

Charleston Truck Accident Lawyers

If you are seriously injured due to the negligence of a semi-truck driver, then you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. These types of crashes can cause devastating injuries that can rip a family apart. You should contact an attorney that has experience handling large truck accident cases so that, if necessary, a civil lawsuit can be filed against the driver and the trucking company.

The economic damages that can be recovered are fairly easy to calculate. Economic damages include the following:

  • Property damage to your car and any items you may have had in the vehicle;

  • Unpaid medical bills and expenses related to your treatment and recovery;

  • 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.

Non-economic damages that you would be able to recover are more difficult to discern because your lawyer is not just adding up numbers. Non-economic damages include the following:

  • Pain and suffering from your injuries;

  • Emotional distress, post traumatic stress disorder and mental suffering;

  • Humiliation and damage to your reputation.

Unlike semi-truck crashes that involve negligence of the driver, if the driver was intoxicated these types of accidents offer an ability to seek money from the drunk truck driver and the trucking company that are called punitive damages. Punitive damages can be awarded to the injured plaintiff not to compensate the plaintiff for any injuries, but to punish the drunk driver and the trucking company for their outrageous and reckless behavior.

This is why contacting an experienced semi-truck crash lawyer is very important in order to protect your rights. If you have been injured by in a collision with a large truck, please do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Steinberg Law firm at (843) 780-2800. We can answer your questions and help you recover the damages to compensate you for your injuries. The initial consultation is free.

 

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.

Charleston Truck Accident Lawyers

Truck Accident Lawyers Representing Charleston & nearby areas of South Carolina

Being involved in any type of automobile accident can be a horrible experience for all involved. But a crash caused by an 80,000 pound semi-truck is horrific and leads to serious damages and injury. The usual causes of accidents involving 18-wheelers or semi-trucks vary, but often they involve the truck driver being negligent and reckless. Also, crashes involving big trucks are often more complicated than a crash between two cars. Because these cases are more complicated and complex, it is imperative that if you are involved in one of these types of crashes, then you have to hire an experienced South Carolina tractor-trailer accident lawyer to help you and to get you the compensation you need.

How a Truck Injury Law Firm Can Help You

The truck accident lawyers at the Steinberg Law Firm have handled many of these complicated cases. We will start protecting your rights and start working the case immediately. Large trucking companies and insurance companies have armies of lawyers on their side; you should have an experienced team working for your benefit so that you can receive the fair compensation you deserve.

After a crash with a semi-truck there are many things that have to be done as quickly as possible in order to preserve evidence so that the cause of the crash can be recreated and determined. With a serious big rig crash where one or more people have been seriously injured or killed, the trucking company will immediately send a team of investigators to the crash site in order to either gather evidence that will hurt you or even attempt to destroy or conceal evidence. Therefore, it is important that your team is on your side as quickly as possible. These are only some of things the lawyers and staff will accomplish when you hire the Steinberg Law Firm:

  • Take detailed photographs and measurements at the scene of the crash, noting the lengths of any skid marks and locations of the vehicles.

  • Collect and maintain any evidence at the scene of the accident that might be relevant and make sure to ensure the “chain of custody” of the evidence so that it can be used in court without claims of evidence tampering. Some types of physical evidence could be pieces of the various vehicles involved as well as dash camera footage.

  • Track down all witnesses and get their recorded statements as soon as possible so that the information provided is the most accurate and no one forgets important facts and impressions of the truck crash.

  • Acquire the police accident investigation report and any documentation, photos or measurements taken by the police while investigating the crash.

  • Obtain records from the trucking company about the driver of the semi including their driving log notes which are required to be kept by Federal law. The driving log shows how much the driver had been on the road that day. Sometimes fatigue plays a part in these truck crashes.

  • Obtain the truck’s “black box” and pull the data off it to preserve it. Just like with airplanes, 18-wheelers have a black box that records all data about the truck in real time, including speed, direction and breaking action just before the accident happens. This is a wealth of information for accident reconstruction experts.

  • If necessary, hire our own crash reconstruction expert to look at all the evidence and give an expert opinion on what caused the collision and how the crash went down.

What Should You Do at The Scene of a Semi-Truck Crash

There are many things that people at the scene of a semi-truck crash can do that will help their case or the cases of friends and family that were also in the vehicle. The first thing is to make sure you are not putting yourself into harm’s way further — for example, if your vehicle is on fire then get out of it immediately. Next, assuming you are able, call 911 as soon as possible so that help can arrive for anyone that is injured, including yourself. The quicker an ambulance arrives the better chances the injured will have to survive. Also, the quicker police arrive the better they can direct traffic to help prevent subsequent accidents. The other reasons that you want the police there is to be able to investigate the crash by interviewing witnesses and taking pictures. Once an accident report is generated, that document can be used later by the attorneys to determine who was at fault if a lawsuit is necessary. Here are some other things to do at the scene of a tractor-trailer accident:

  • Note if the truck driver is acting intoxicated. Check for the following: slurred speech and stumbling/falling over. Note is the truck driver is attempting to destroy evidence of being intoxicated by throwing away bottles or cans of alcohol from the truck cab.

  • Attempt to get the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone involved including anyone who could potentially be a witness.

  • If you have a smartphones take pictures so that you can record what the scene of the crash was like right after the crash. Take photos of the entire area so that, if necessary, your future personal injury lawyer will be able to get a good sense of the roadway and how the crash happened.

  • Be cooperative and honest with the investigating police officer when they ask you to provide a statement of what happened. Do not exaggerate anything but also do not leave any facts out, even if you think they might not matter.

Potential Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents

Every motor vehicle crash usually has one or more causes. The most likely cause of motor vehicle crashes is driver negligence. truck accidents are not different. However, due to the specific nature of tractor trailers and how big they are and what regulations control drivers’ actions, the causes of truck crashes can be many. Here are some of the main causes of semi-truck crashes:

  • Negligence. Such as being distracted while driving or driving too closely behind another vehicle and not being able to stop in time, or reckless driving such as sudden lane changes, etc.

  • Speeding. A truck driver traveling at a high rate of speed will be unable to stop the truck in time. Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are difficult to stop. If the truck driver is faced with a sudden emergency and cannot stop in time due to speeding, then the driver would be negligent.

  • Falsified log books. Federal law requires semi-truck drivers to only drive a certain number of hours in a 24 hour period. Once they hit that maximum amount of hours, they have to pull over and rest for at least 10 hours. This law is in place to protect the truck driver as well as other vehicles on the roads and highways of America. Often, however, a semi-truck driver falsifies the log book that keeps track of the hours, thus creating a dangerous situation and violating the law.

  • Poorly trained drivers. Every state has requirements for people to get their specialized license to driver trucks. Frequently, the trucking companies themselves hire and train drivers. Sometimes, corners are cut in the training and there are ill trained drivers on the road who cannot handle the big rigs properly.

  • Mechanical failures. Due to wear and tear on the big rigs, there are bound to be mechanical failures such as break failures or tire blowouts. Trucks are supposed to be inspected on a regular basis, but sometimes these inspections fail to catch problems.

  • Overloaded or improperly loaded trailers. Sometimes semi-truck crashes are caused not by the negligence of the driver but by the negligence of the people loading it. If too much weight is loaded onto the semi, this could be dangerous and cause a crash. Also, if the cargo is loaded into the rig in an unsafe manner without properly being strapped down, the cargo could shift during transit, causing the vehicle to become unstable.

  • Driving under the influence. A surprising number of truck accidents are caused by drivers being intoxicated by alcohol or being under the influence of other drugs.

Common Semi-Truck Accident Injuries

Due to the size of these trucks, the injuries that are caused by a truck crash can be, on average, much more severe than in car accidents. Moreover, semi-truck accidents cause multi-vehicle collisions, affecting more people than just a car fender bender. Here are some of the common semi-truck crash injuries:

  • Brain injuries: Brain injuries are common in crashes. Although newer vehicles are equipped with more and better airbags, there is still a chance of brain injury in a truck crash.

  • Spinal cord injuries: Injuries to the spine are common in many types of accidents with all types and sizes of vehicles. However, due to the size of tractor-trailers, accidents involving 18-wheelers are more violent, causing more spinal cord injuries.

  • Loss of limbs (amputations): When a smaller vehicle is struck by a speeding semi-truck often the smaller vehicle flips in the air. When this happens, the driver and passengers in the smaller vehicle are thrown out of the car, and in the process have arms and legs severed.

  • Burns and death by fire: In most crashes, cars do not catch on fire. But due to the impact of a crash caused by an 18-wheeler, this can ignite the gas tank or fuel lines, causing vehicles to blow up.

  • Fatal truck crashes: Again, due to the size of these machines and the speed at which they travel down the highway, there is a higher percentage of fatalities when semi-trucks are involved.

In recent years, truck crashes accounted for 67 of the 1,030 vehicles involved in fatal South Carolina traffic crashes, accounting for 6.5 percent of fatal accidents in the state. These semi-truck crashes took the lives of 49 occupants of other vehicles, 10 truckers and 6 pedestrians.

Charleston Truck Accident Lawyers

If you are seriously injured due to the negligence of a semi-truck driver, then you have the right to be compensated for your injuries. These types of crashes can cause devastating injuries that can rip a family apart. You should contact an attorney that has experience handling large truck accident cases so that, if necessary, a civil lawsuit can be filed against the driver and the trucking company.

The economic damages that can be recovered are fairly easy to calculate. Economic damages include the following:

  • Property damage to your car and any items you may have had in the vehicle;

  • Unpaid medical bills and expenses related to your treatment and recovery;

  • 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.

Non-economic damages that you would be able to recover are more difficult to discern because your lawyer is not just adding up numbers. Non-economic damages include the following:

  • Pain and suffering from your injuries;

  • Emotional distress, post traumatic stress disorder and mental suffering;

  • Humiliation and damage to your reputation.

Unlike semi-truck crashes that involve negligence of the driver, if the driver was intoxicated these types of accidents offer an ability to seek money from the drunk truck driver and the trucking company that are called punitive damages. Punitive damages can be awarded to the injured plaintiff not to compensate the plaintiff for any injuries, but to punish the drunk driver and the trucking company for their outrageous and reckless behavior.

This is why contacting an experienced semi-truck crash lawyer is very important in order to protect your rights. If you have been injured by in a collision with a large truck, please do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Steinberg Law firm at (843) 780-2800. We can answer your questions and help you recover the damages to compensate you for your injuries. The initial consultation is free.

 

PRACTICE AREAS

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.

Our Truck Accident Practice Areas

Truck accidents can happen in a number of different ways, and at the Steinberg Law Firm, we are fully prepared to offer our representation to clients who have suffered injuries resulting from:

  • Truck driver error
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • No-zone accidents
  • Hours of service violations
  • Trucking company negligence
  • Truck malfunctions / defects

Accidents caused by any of the above can have devastating effects on unsuspecting and innocent motorists, and we believe that truck accident victims should not have to bear the financial responsibility for an accident they did nothing to cause.

Our Truck Accident Practice Areas

Truck accidents can happen in a number of different ways, and at the Steinberg Law Firm, we are fully prepared to offer our representation to clients who have suffered injuries resulting from:

  • Truck driver error
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • No-zone accidents
  • Hours of service violations
  • Trucking company negligence
  • Truck malfunctions / defects

Accidents caused by any of the above can have devastating effects on unsuspecting and innocent motorists, and we believe that truck accident victims should not have to bear the financial responsibility for an accident they did nothing to cause.

Talk to a Truck Accident Attorney in Charleston

For a free review of your case, call us at 843-720-2800

If you have been injured or otherwise harmed in a truck accident, we can help. Contact the truck accident attorneys at the Steinberg Law Firm today by calling us at 843-720-2800 to learn more about how we can put our extensive experience defending truck accident victims to work for you

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