Choose a Tough Truck Accident Attorney in South Carolina
Determined counsel for injured folks throughout South Carolina
The force of large trucks is enormous. If one crashes into a car or smaller truck at highway speed, the people in the smaller vehicle don’t stand much of a chance. Because life changing injuries and deaths are too often the result. Each year in South Carolina, tractor-trailers are involved in over 900 injury collisions and about 60 fatal crashes. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a commercial truck crash, the Law Offices of David L. Hood is here to help you. Drawing on our over 30 years of experience with motor vehicle accident cases, we thoroughly investigate your truck crash, determine the cause and fight to hold at-fault parties accountable.
Factors affecting truck safety and leading to severe accidents
Because of the danger of operating heavy equipment on public roadways, the trucking industry is subject to many federal safety rules. Four put forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) cover numerous aspects of trucking company operations, such as:
- Driver training and supervision
- Limits on drivers’ hours behind the wheel
- Weight limits
- Scheduled maintenance
However, the FMCSA does not have enough inspectors on the job to enforce all its rules, so problems occur. In fact, trucking companies often induce rule breaking, causing many safety issues due to:
- Untrained and unqualified drivers operating equipment
- Tired drivers driving for longer hours behind the wheel
- Aggressive drivers operating at high speeds
- Equipment that has failed inspection being put back into service before repairs are made
- Cargo being poorly loaded or overloaded
However, the mere fact that a truck was involved in an accident is not proof that the truck driver or the trucking company was at fault. These accidents require in depth study to discover the cause and hold the right parties to account.
David and Tracey were fantastic. Never gave up. They fought until we won our case. We had another lawyer on our case and wish we had used David instead. They returned our calls and emails promptly and kept us up to date. A pleasure to work with and great results! Don’t make a mistake, go with David and his very professional caring team.sAMIRA GOURAM, 2021/09/6
The thing that I love most about them is that they listened to me thoroughly and didn’t try to interrupt until I was finished. Everything was related to me in layman’s terms and they made sure to ask that if I had any questions about anything. The fact that David came down from Columbia just to speak with me in person spoke VOLUMES TO ME! Peter, Ali and everyone that had a hand in case were always very professional and I always knew what was going on with anything involving my case. They took my case when a prominent firm in my city stated that they couldn’t help me so I feel very BLESSED that I had them fighting for me. A GODSENT!Mark McDomick, 2021/06/09
Skilled counsel for injuries from truck crashes
The power of an out of control 18 wheeler often can cause life changing injuries for innocent victims. These can include crushed body parts, loss of limbs, traumatic brain injuries and paralysis. These terrible wounds can require a lifetime of medical care. Tragic injuries present an urgent case for future medical costs, lost earnings and a variety of “pain and suffering” damages.
As your lawyer, we focus on maximizing your damages, whatever the case. But, because the potential payout in a serious injury case is so high, trucking companies and their insurers bring a lot of resources to bear in an effort to limit the plaintiff’s recovery. Your attorney must be equal to the task, possessing the knowledge, skill and experience to deal with a powerful defendant. When you retain our services, that’s exactly the type of representation you get.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The Feds regulate commercial trucks in South Carolina. You’ll want to know the kind of driver training the trucker had. How many hours he’d been behind the wheel? How much weight was he hauling? Was he up on his scheduled maintenance?
In South Carolina, you’ll want to know if the driver was properly trained and qualified. Had he been driving for too long? Was he speeding? Was the truck misloaded or overweight? And were the maintenance logs up to date?
You need to report it to your employer and make sure the report gets to the insurance company. Get your medical treatment, your 2/3’s weekly check when you’re out of work and a settlement at the end.
Contact an experienced truck accident attorney in South Carolina
The Law Offices of David L. Hood provides focused legal counsel for victims of truck accidents, including those who’ve suffered life changing injuries or wrongful death. To schedule a free consult, contact us via phone, email, text or chat. If your injuries prevent you from coming to our office, we can come to you.