Why Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer?
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses (past and future), lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you may be able to bring a claim against the other parties involved. An experienced truck accident lawyer can handle your claim while you focus on what really matters—your own recovery and health.
Litigating a trucking accident case can be extremely complex for a number of reasons: there are insurance issues, and there may be multiple parties involved. For this reason, there are many ways an experienced lawyer can help you following a trucking accident.
Unlike car accidents, in a truck accident there are often multiple parties that have contributed to the injured victim’s damages and injuries. Specifically, the truck driver, their employer, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, contractor, or government entity can all be sued in court for negligence.
Following a trucking accident, one is likely to be in shock even if they are not experiencing any immediate pain or injury. It can be difficult to ascertain the identities and contact information of all witnesses and potentially liable parties when in such a state. An experienced lawyer will know how to identify witnesses and locate responsible parties.
Crafting an Effective Legal Strategy
Many truck accident lawyers will quickly try to settle a case without considering all the available options, which can often be detrimental to their client’s best interests. Although in some cases, a settlement may be the best option to pursue, at Chappell, Smith & Arden we will assess all options and likely place your case into litigation.
In an ordinary car accident case, an injured party only needs to negotiate with one other party—the insurance company of the at-fault driver. However, with trucking accidents, it can be much more complicated to bring everyone together at the table and negotiate. Our experienced legal team has a good sense of how a court would decide your case based on their assessment of the evidence. Our experience and knowledge can often be used as leverage in settling your claim.
Understanding Trucking Rules and Regulations
The trucking industry is governed by very specific federal regulations, promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These regulations govern all aspects of the trucking industry, including weight limits for freight, the number of continuous hours a driver can spend on the road without rest, maintenance procedures, and more. States often have their own overlapping regulations, and the interplay between the state and federal laws can be complicated. If a truck driver or their employer violated any of these regulations, it could be useful evidence in establishing liability in your case.
South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyers at Chappell, Smith & Arden Provide Skilled Representation to Victims of Trucking Accidents
Being involved in a truck accident is extremely stressful. Not only do you need to focus on your own recovery and recuperation, but you also need to consider filing a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out on your claim. There are a number of complicated matters to sort out, such as which parties are responsible, and how to gather the evidence you will need to maximize your recovery.
To speak with an experienced Columbia truck accident lawyer at Chappell, Smith & Arden today, call us at 803-929-3600 or contact us online to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. With six office locations throughout South Carolina, we provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County, as well as the towns of Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Rock Hill, Aiken, Sumter, Newberry, Florence, and Spartanburg, and throughout South Carolina.