Columbia, S.C. Truck Accident Lawyers
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Truck wrecks are more common than you’d think, especially in Columbia, S.C.
Each year, commercial truck accidents result in between 4,000 and 7,000 fatalities nationwide. They are some of the most devastating wrecks on our roadways in Charleston, S.C.
In Columbia, S.C. we all know that the traffic is a nightmare. They don’t call it malfunction junction for nothing. Interstates are clogged with trucks, including tractor-trailers moving cargo through our state. Add in our state’s outdated and poorly maintained road network, and you have a dangerous combination of congested roadways, hazards and speeding drivers. From Interstate 26 to I-20, I-77, and all over South Carolina, our state sees more than its fair share of truck wrecks and other vehicle accidents. When a tractor-trailer collides with a passenger automobile, it’s very likely the accident will result in death or severe injury.
South Carolina is the second-most dangerous state for drivers, according to a recent report. South Carolina had the fourth-highest fatality rate in all of the country.
RPWB attorneys have litigated South Carolina truck wrecks for more than 40 years. We’ve got the experience and resources to make certain our clients’ rights are protected – AND that they are adequately compensated. Our firm is well-known, reputable and tenacious. Our lawyers have significant experience going up against our nation’s largest insurance companies. If you have been injured in a truck wreck or car accident, give us a call for a free, no-obligation case review.
Please contact us immediately.
Address: 1513 Hampton Street, 1st Floor, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 843.727.6500 | Fax: 803.259.4403
Common Causes of Columbia, S.C. Truck Accidents
There are many factors that contribute to a truck accident, as well as a variety of parties that could ultimately share responsibility for it. In this section, we take a look at some of the common contributors to truck wrecks. Please note that every truck accident case is different. That’s why it is important to choose an experienced Charleston, SC truck wreck attorney
Speeding: Speeding trucks, semis and tractor-trailers are one of the most common causes of a truck wreck. Trucks are by the very nature large vehicles that can be difficult to stop, turn or quickly correct to avoid other vehicles or hazards when they are flying down the Interstate.
Negligence: Truck drivers must take the same amount of care as a reasonable person in similar circumstances would. Negligence might have contributed to a truck accident if the driver was:
- Too tired
- Failing to obey traffic laws
Not enough training: Drivers who hold CDL licenses are required to have training before operating large vehicles like trucks and tractor-trailers. However, it is also incumbent upon trucking companies to also provide training and preparation for their drivers.
Mechanical problems: Tractor-trailers and other trucks are required to be inspected on a regular basis. Trucks that are not properly maintained can present safety issues for other motorists on the road
Defective parts or vehicle: Malfunctioning equipment can make it hard or impossible for truck drivers to control their vehicles, leading to crashes.
Improper cargo load: Various rules and regulations exist concerning how a truck should be loaded. If the individuals responsible for loading the vehicle put too much weight on it or did not secure the cargo correctly, maneuverability may be decreased. The driver could have trouble steering the truck or breaking when encountering a hazardous situation.
Parties that could be at-fault for Columbia, S.C. Truck Accidents
Truck wreck cases are complex. Often, several parties can ultimately contribute to a truck accident, leading them to share the legal liability.
The parties that could be at fault for an 18-wheeler collision include:
- The truck driver,
- The trucking company,
- Whomever loaded the cargo
- The vehicle manufacturer
Of course, all of these entities are typically represented by insurance companies. In order to get a fair shake, it is highly recommended that you obtain the services of a well-qualified attorney with local experience working on truck accident cases.
Why choose RPWB for your Columbia, S.C. Truck Accident
RPWB’s truck accident lawyers have worked on complex cases for more than 40 years. Our team is well-equipped to prove that the at-fault truck driver breached the duty of care that they owed to you and to others on the road. Our team will investigate and litigate the causes of the truck accident and the impact that it has had on your life. Give us a call at 1-888-293-6883 or use the contact page on this form to get started.