If you sustained injuries in a truck accident, you may have the chance to seek compensation for your losses through a lawsuit. In this situation, it’s natural to wonder if you can sue a company after a truck accident.
In some cases, yes, you have the chance to file a legal claim against the company that owned and operated the truck. However, your situation must meet specific eligibility requirements to qualify for this kind of lawsuit.
A South Carolina truck accident lawyer from Miller, Dawson, Sigal & Ward can review your situation and explain your legal options. Find out more from the Thumbs Up Guys by calling or completing our online contact form.
When Can You Sue a Trucking Company?
You may file a lawsuit against a trucking company if it holds responsibility for your collision. Generally, personal injury lawyers must establish fault to resolve a lawsuit successfully. Therefore, they must show that:
- The trucking company owed you a duty of care
- The company failed to uphold that duty
- The company’s actions directly led to your accident
- The accident directly led to your injuries and financial losses
All of the above elements must exist around your accident before you qualify to receive compensation. Our team can investigate your situation and provide more information about your legal options. We’ll also discuss ways truck accidents differ from car accidents.
How Do Trucking Companies Cause Accidents?
Many people initially blame truck drivers for their accidents. After all, the trucker is behind the wheel at the time of the collision. However, trucking companies often hold responsibility for the underlying causes of the wreck.
You may file a lawsuit against the trucking company if the wreck occurred during work hours. Additionally, we may pursue a lawsuit against the trucking company if the company:
- Failed to perform proper maintenance, resulting in a dangerous breakdown
- Improperly loaded the truck, causing it to overturn
- Hired improperly trained or inexperienced drivers
- Pushed drivers to drive in unsafe or hazardous situations
The above list provides examples of situations where trucking companies may cause accidents. We can discuss other possibilities if you contact us after your wreck.
How Do We Build a Claim to Sue a Trucking Company?
Our legal team can assess the circumstances surrounding your claim to determine who caused the wreck. We’ll look at the trucking company’s actions and, in some cases, may suggest suing the firm.
Our investigation may involve:
- Speaking with eyewitnesses
- Going over the accident report
- Requesting access to the trucker’s driving record
- Going over other accidents involving the trucking company
- Visiting the scene of your accident
- Getting access to data from the event data recorder
- Working with trucking accident experts
We’ll use the information collected during investigations to proceed with your case.
What Compensation Do You Get if You Sue the Trucking Company?
If you file a lawsuit against a trucking company after an accident, you may have a chance to secure funds to cover your:
- Current and future healthcare costs
- Lost wages, bonuses, and raises
- Diminished earning potential
- Property repair costs
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
We’ll review all the economic and non-economic damages available after an accident when you contact us for assistance.
How Much Compensation Do You Get if You Sue a Trucking Company?
The funds available after a truck accident in South Carolina can vary based on the extent of your losses and other factors. We’ll track all the costs of your accident, collecting documentation to establish your claim.
Can You Sue Anyone Else After a Truck Accident?
Your lawyer can help you file a legal claim against the party at fault for causing your collision. Sometimes, we’ll build a claim against the trucker or another driver in the aftermath of a wreck, depending on their dangerous actions.
In some circumstances, lawyers may focus on filing a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the truck. Generally, lawyers pursue these claims if a defective truck part resulted in the accident.
You can discuss all your options after a wreck by contacting our team today.
How Long Do You Have to Sue a Truck Company?
You need to file your truck accident claim before the statute of limitations expires in South Carolina. Generally, you have only a few years to proceed with a claim against any party after a collision.
We’ll track all deadlines for your claim when you hire us to bring you compensation.
Prepare to Sue a Truck Company After an Accident
Can you sue a company after a truck accident in South Carolina? Depending on the root causes of the accident, you may have a chance to file a legal claim against the trucking company. The Thumbs Up Guys from Miller, Dawson, Sigal & Ward can help you learn more.
Discuss all the options you have to seek compensation by calling or completing our online contact form.