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What factors played a role in your truck accident?

The transportation of goods across the country by way of semi trucks is an important part of the American economy. While these vehicles do have a valuable role, they can actually be sources of serious or fatal injury to people in smaller vehicles. Truck accidents often cause detrimental consequences, but South Carolina victims do not have to suffer alone.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, most deaths involving large trucks are those of individuals in smaller vehicles. Smaller cars are more vulnerable and unable to effectively absorb the impact of a large, heavy vehicle, often resulting in catastrophic injuries to people inside the car. Sadly, many truck accidents are preventable.

Common causes of truck accidents

Despite the fact that their vehicles are significantly heavier and more difficult to drive, truck drivers are prone to the same mistakes and dangerous actions that drivers of smaller vehicles often commit, including:

  • Distraction
  • Fatigued driving
  • Reckless behaviors
  • Aggressive driving
  • Inexperience
  • Speeding

The truck driver bears the responsibility of driving safely, and when that individual does something to threaten the well-being of others, he or she could be liable for what happens, from serious injury to wrongful death. There are also factors beyond the control of the trucker that could cause accidents, which may include:

  • Faulty brakes
  • Bad weather
  • Improperly loaded cargo
  • Faulty vehicle parts

Trucks weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles, and the braking distance is a factor in these types of accidents. Trucks can take up to 40 percent longer distances to stop, and braking distance is a major component in many serious or fatal collisions involving a commercial vehicle, tractor-trailer or semi truck.

Who pays?

Determining liability is an important part of building a strong claim after a truck accident. If you were hurt, an attorney can carefully evaluate your case and determine how you can move forward with a civil claim. Including the following elements in your case can help to validate your claim to compensation:

  • Driver's logs to determine if the trucker violated allowed amount of hours
  • Cargo records
  • Traffic camera footage
  • Data from instrument panel
  • Witness accounts
  • Physical evidence from the accident scene
  • Medical records from the victims

It can be a daunting prospect to take on a trucking company and insurance provider to get the compensation you deserve. With the right legal support, you can fight for the recovery you deserve for medical bills, lost wages and other financial losses.

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