When a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a commercial truck, the crash almost immediately becomes more complicated than a traditional automobile accident. Commercial truck crashes can have any one of a variety of possible causes, and certain cases can also involve multiple parties being liable to victims for their injuries.
If you suffer serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a commercial truck crash in South Carolina, you should avoid speaking to any insurance company or signing any documents until you have legal counsel. Contact the Nye Law Group as soon as possible at 855-636-9277.
Truck Accident Liability
While most common car accidents involve two drivers who usually turn to their respective insurance companies to handle their resulting claims, actions become far more complex when the other driver happens to be operating a commercial truck. Commercial trucking companies are required to carry insurance policies that have much higher limits than most standard automobile insurance policies, and insurers thus have more incentive to quickly get representatives on the scenes of accidents to possibly get victims to sign settlements that are usually much less than what they are actually entitled to.
Depending on the specific cause of a commercial truck accident, one or more parties could be liable to victims for their injuries. Some of the parties that could be held legally at fault include:
- Truck driver;
- Trucking company;
- Truck owner;
- Maintenance company;
- Truck part manufacturer; or
- Shipper or loader of cargo.
Steps to Take Immediately After a Truck Accident
Victims involved in commercial truck crashes should try to take several important steps following the accident. When possible, try to take as many pictures of the crash scene as you can or have a friend or family member do this for you. Also try to get the names and contact information of any and all witnesses.
You should obviously make sure a police report is filed for the accident, but you should also make sure that you receive medical attention. It can be very important to injury claims later on to have a medical record indicating that there was no delay in you seeking care.
Many people do not think to take these steps, which is why it is always best for victims to seek legal representation as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help investigate the cause of your crash and preserve all evidence necessary to prove your case.
Find a Truck Accident Attorney in South Carolina
Did you sustain severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a commercial truck crash in South Carolina? You will want to immediately contact the Nye Law Group.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to help you get the compensation you need and deserve for all of your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. You can take advantage of a free consultation that will let our firm provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call 855-636-9277 or contact us online today.