Despite the best efforts to increase road safety, truck crashes are still a serious problem. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 2019 saw a 31% increase in truck crash deaths since 2009. Of those killed in truck accidents, most were occupants of other vehicles.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a truck accident due to negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. MDSW’s truck accident lawyers in North Charleston have experience representing injured clients and negotiating with insurance. We are ready to protect your rights and fight for the settlement you need.
Financial Recovery You May Seek After a Truck Accident
After being involved in a collision, you may have lost your vehicle and sustained injuries. Luckily the law allows you to pursue compensation for expenses and losses related to your accident. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you stand to recover the cost of:
- Ambulance transportation
- Emergency care
- Hospital bills
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
If the truck driver who caused your injuries was impaired or distracted at the time of the accident, you may also be awarded punitive damages. These damages are meant to punish and discourage extremely reckless behavior.
How Much Is My Truck Accident Case Worth?
Every personal injury case is different. Before you consult with our legal team, we cannot assign a value to your case. How much your truck accident case is worth will depend on details specific to your situation.
To give you an idea of the figures you may be able to recover, here are some of our past case results:
- $4,000,000 for a tractor-trailer accident
- $2,000,000 for a tractor-trailer collision
- $825,000 for a car crash
A truck accident may be worth more than a car accident because larger vehicles have the potential to cause more damage. If you suffered multiple injuries or lost a loved one to fatal injuries, a truck accident attorney in North Charleston can consult with you to determine an appropriate settlement amount for your case.
What if I Was in a Commercial Truck Accident?
If you were in a commercial truck accident, you may be able to recover a larger settlement than a personal vehicle accident. Commercial truck accidents typically involve large, 18-wheel trucks built to move cargo. However, they can involve a range of vehicles, including:
- Semi-trailer trucks
- Freight vehicles
While a truck accident involving a commercial vehicle may allow for a larger settlement, it’s also guaranteed that the truck company will have legal representation. Teaming up with your own legal team will put you on even footing. Our truck accident attorneys will ensure your best interests are protected.
Should I Hire a Trucking Accident Lawyer for My Case?
There are multiple reasons why you should consider working with a lawyer. A North Charleston truck accident attorney from our law firm can:
- Review your case for free
- Address concerns and offer legal advice
- Gather evidence, such as police reports and eyewitness statements
- Collect medical expert testimony to prove the severity of your injuries
- Calculate your losses resulting from the accident
- Identify the liable parties
- Handle all communications with insurance
- Negotiate a suitable settlement
Insurance companies advertise as the safety net you can rely on in times of emergency. However, they are for-profit businesses. If they refuse to pay the settlement amount you deserve, we can represent you in court.
Liability in a Truck Accident Case
Determining liability in a truck accident case is a vital first step. You can’t attempt to recover compensation until you know who is responsible for your accident. There are many parties that could potentially hold a level of liability in a truck accident case, including:
- The driver of the truck
- The trucking company
- A third party company that loaded the truck
- The truck manufacturer
- A maintenance company that worked on the truck
- Another driver on the road whose actions led to your collision with the truck
Often, these parties will attempt to point the finger at each other to shift blame away from themselves. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you sort through the noise and assess who is primarily responsible for your accident.
Comparative Negligence in South Carolina Truck Accident Cases
South Carolina uses a fault system called comparative negligence for assigning blame after an accident. With comparative negligence, multiple parties can hold a level of fault for a single accident. You will find that the amount of money you are eligible to recover is reduced if you are partially at fault for the accident.
The percentage of liability assigned to you will directly correlate with the amount of compensation you are eligible to receive. If you are deemed to have been 20% responsible for your truck accident, you will only be able to recover up to 80% of the full value of your damages.
If you are over 50% at fault for your accident, you will not be able to seek compensation from another party for your injuries. Instead, you may find that someone else is attempting to recover compensation from you.
Can I Afford a Truck Accident Lawyer?
We understand legal fees may prevent truck accident victims from seeking legal aid. On that note, we have good news for you. Our law firm works on a contingency-fee-basis.
There are no up-front costs, no hourly rates, and no out-of-pocket expenses. Our clients can benefit from our help without worrying about the cost. Our North Charleston truck accident lawyers only get paid if and when we win your case.
Speak With a Truck Accident Lawyer for Free
When you’re ready to speak with a North Charleston truck accident lawyer, reach out to Miller, Dawson, Sigal & Ward Injury Attorneys. Call us or contact us online. You can trust the Thumbs Up Guys at our North Charleston law office to provide you with excellent legal advice. We offer free consultations for you to learn more about your legal options.