Accidents involving commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, are much more deadly than accidents involving passenger vehicles. The size and weight of a big rig make it more likely drivers or passengers in cars, vans, SUVs, or small trucks will be critically injured or killed. In fact, commercial trucks – such as tractor-trailers, dump trucks, flatbeds and cargo vans – can weigh 20 times as much as a typical car. These types of wrecks are much more complex than the average car wreck and require an experienced tractor trailer accident attorney.
Four Dangers in Truck Accidents
There are several dangers that are unique to truck accidents. Each of these factors can have an impact on an injury claim following a commercial truck wreck.
- Improperly Loaded Freight
- Inadequate Inspections
- Lack of Maintenance
- Driver Exhaustion
A number of factors often make truck wrecks more complex than typical car wrecks.
- Commercial trucks, the truckers who drive them, the cargo, and the companies that put them on South Carolina roads are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA has produced volumes of complex regulations, which usually come into play after a truck wreck.
- The trucking firm involved in a truck wreck is likely to be a large corporation and the company will move quickly to protect itself against legal claims.
- Truck wrecks may involve multiple individuals and companies who could be responsible for causing the wrecks. This includes the trucking company, the truck driver, the person who loaded the truck, the company responsible for maintaining the truck, the person who inspected the cargo, and the owner of the cargo.
Seek Legal Advice Before Accepting a Settlement
The tractor trailer accident attorneys at David Blackwell Law have the knowledge and resources needed to fully explore your South Carolina truck accident and determine if the insurance company is offering you a fair settlement. If the truck driver or trucking company was negligent in loading freight, inspecting or maintaining the truck, or providing adequate rest for the driver, you may be entitled to higher compensation. Many accident victims end up accepting a low settlement because they feel pressure to pay large medical bills. Our experienced legal team can help deal with both the insurance company and the medical bills.
To schedule an appointment for a review of your truck accident injury, contact us at 803-285-0225 or request more information below.