People use the expression, “I felt like I got hit by a truck,” but they may not know just how devastating a truck accident can be. The chances of death and severe injury are far higher in truck accident cases. These serious accidents deserve serious and aggressive representation.
That’s what we provide at Miller, Dawson, Sigal & Ward. Our truck accident lawyers in Goose Creek can help you with a claim against all the parties responsible for your injuries. If they won’t listen to reason after our investigation, we’re not afraid to go to trial to defend our clients’ interests.
Possible Damages in Truck Accidents
The damages for truck accidents are the same as in other motor vehicle accidents. However, there is a greater chance your damages are worth more because of the intensity of these crashes. Some of the truck accident damages you could be eligible for include:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Medication bills
- Future medical care
- Car repair or replacement
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death, if a death was involved
- Lost wages
- Disability payments
We will explore all avenues of compensation to make sure you’re getting the full amount of compensation you deserve, not what the insurance company thinks you do. Truck insurers know they have a lot to lose in these cases, which is why you need legal representation.
With our Goose Creek truck accident attorneys working on your claim, we’ll ensure you avoid common mistakes people make when they’ve been injured in truck accidents.
Why Are Truck Accident Cases Worth More?
We’ve already mentioned the increased intensity of truck crashes, but there are two other reasons truck accident cases are worth more. There may be multiple parties you can sue, and the minimum insurance requirements are much higher for truck drivers and their employers.
If a trucker is driving on the clock, there’s a chance their employer may be liable for the accident as well as the trucker. Other possible parties include mechanics, truck manufacturers, the company who last loaded the truck, even governments for not labeling that a road isn’t suited for a particular truck weight.
South Carolina requires $300,000 in liability insurance for even the smallest commercial vehicles transporting non-hazardous goods. These minimums can easily exceed $1 million or even $5 million for hazardous material transport. Thus, there’s much more room for negotiation in truck accident cases.
Wrongful Death in Truck Accident Cases
If you have experienced the loss of a loved one in a truck accident, please accept our sincerest condolences. Wrongful death damages are a strong possibility after a truck accident and you may be eligible to make a claim if we can prove liability.
In a fatal case, the damages you can claim differ slightly. You can claim damages for things like:
- Funeral expenses
- Lost potential income from the deceased
- Any financial losses related to the death
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
There are special requirements for filing a wrongful death case in South Carolina, mostly surrounding who is eligible to bring a wrongful death suit. For more information about this, please contact our offices.
Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers
If you’ve been in a truck accident and you want to make sure you get a fair settlement, don’t face the insurers alone. Instead, contact MDSW Legal for a free consultation with one of our Goose Creek truck accident lawyers. You owe us nothing unless you win your case.
The sooner you call us, the more time we’ll have to build a strong case before it’s too late to file. Reach out to us as soon as you’ve had a medical examination for your injuries.