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    In personal injury cases, liability and negligence determine if you have a valid lawsuit. The person who caused the injury is liable and if we can prove negligence, we can generally increase the amount of money you receive as part of your settlement or jury award.

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Greenville Truck Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a truck accident, you are facing a long road ahead of you both physically and legally. Truck accidents cause serious injuries, and the responsible trucking company must pay you in full when their driver was negligent and caused the accident. The legal process can be complicated, and a lot of money is on the line, so you need to contact an experienced truck accident attorney.

Why You Need to Act After a Truck Accident

Truck accident cases are not like any other motor vehicle crash. Your injuries are likely more serious, and the number of damages may be far higher than in a passenger vehicle crash.

In addition, truck accident cases are far more evidence-intensive than other accidents. There is usually a trucking company involved, meaning that there is a greater amount of coverage.

Given the serious injuries that you have likely suffered in an accident with an 80,000-pound truck and a large amount of money on the line, you need to take strong legal action.

Common Types of Truck Accidents

Here are some of the common types of truck accidents that can cause injuries:

  • Truck rollovers
  • Jackknife crashes
  • T-bone crashes
  • Wide turn accidents
  • Sideswipe accidents
  • Head-on crashes
  • Rear-end crashes

Common Types of Injuries From Truck Accidents

Truck accident injuries are often more serious than those in another type of crash. Fully loaded tractor-trailers can weigh 25 times more than the passenger cars that are involved in the accident. A truck accident unleashes a great force that impacts the passenger car.

Accordingly, passenger car drivers can suffer the following injuries in truck accidents:

  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Organ damage

Common settlement amounts

You have a legal right to recover your full amount of damages in a truck accident case. The insurance company and the trucking company would be wise to try to settle your case because they do not want the unpredictability of a jury. Many juries have hit trucking companies with massive verdicts when they should have and could have settled the case.

There is no exact answer to the question of what the average settlement is for a truck accident. While the median settlement may be lower, the average number could be far higher because a handful of serious cases have led to very large settlements.

Negligence in a Truck Accident Case

To win a truck accident case, you must prove that the truck driver was negligent. There is a legal test for negligence, which involves the truck driver upholding their duty of care by acting unreasonably under the circumstances. Examples of negligence on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company include:

  • Operating a vehicle outside the service hours limitation or when the truck driver is tired to make up time
  • The failure to properly secure the cargo causes cargo to come loose and a truck rollover
  • An inexperienced truck driver misjudging a turn or lane charge and hitting a car in their blind spot
  • The trucking company’s failure to properly maintain the vehicle caused a tire blowout

Laws That Affect Truck Accident Cases

Besides the common law negligence principles that would determine legal responsibility, here are some laws and regulations that may apply to truck accident cases:

  • There is an agency law principle that makes an employer responsible for the acts of their employee. In this case, it means that you could file a claim or lawsuit against the trucking company that employs the driver. This legal action would give you access to a larger insurance policy.
  • Every personal injury case has a statute of limitations that puts time constraints on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. In South Carolina, the statute of limitations in a truck accident case is three years from the date that you were injured.
  • The trucking industry is a heavily regulated one. Trucking companies must follow an extensive set of regulations that govern practically every aspect of their business. If you can prove that the truck driver or the trucking company broke one of these rules and it led to the accident, it could be proof of negligence.

Policy Limits

Trucking companies have large insurance policies to protect themselves and their business from large legal liability. In other words, there is more insurance coverage at play in a trucking accident than there is in a car accident. Even with the higher coverage limits, trucking companies may still be put out of business by a “nuclear verdict.” No matter what the policy limit is, the insurance company is usually trying to pay you less than you deserve.

How to Bolster Your Case

Every truck accident case depends on the evidence. You would need proof of what happened to show that the driver was negligent. In addition, your case would also benefit from proof that the trucking company broke a federal regulation because it would strengthen the conclusion of negligence.

Given that truck accident damages are so serious, your case is stronger when you know how much it is worth going into your claim. The insurance company will try to save money at your expense, so you should know the value of your claim to say no to a low settlement offer.

Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer

The insurance company and their policyholder will do anything that they can to escape paying you what you deserve. When their driver is at fault, they know they owe you a lot of money and are trying to save money at your expense. Your attorney will:

  • Help prove that the defendant was liable for the crash by gathering evidence to show what happened.
  • Secure enough financial compensation by standing up to the trucking company when they try to underpay you.

Call a Greenville Truck Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a truck accident, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The first step is to contact an experienced truck accident lawyer to schedule a free consultation. Then, we will learn more about your case and explain your legal options. Contact the lawyers at Armada Law today to begin the legal process.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Let’s face it — you have questions.

Will my truck accident case go to court?

Most truck accident lawsuits will settle before they end up at trial. Even if you have to file a lawsuit, the chances are that your case will not go all the way to the end.

How long will my truck accident case take?

You can expect your case to take longer than the average personal injury case because of the number of damages that are at issue. The insurance company may not write a large cheque immediately without making you negotiate or take their own time.

What happens if a loved one was killed in a truck accident?

The family can file a wrongful death claim against the trucking company to recover their own damages from losing their loved one.

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