Choose a Tenacious Truck Accident Attorney in South Carolina
Determined representation for injured plaintiffs throughout South Carolina
The destructive force of large commercial trucks is enormous, so when one collides with an automobile, especially at highway speed, the car and the passengers don’t have much of a chance. Catastrophic injuries and wrongful death are too often the result: each year in South Carolina, tractor-trailers are involved in about 900 injury collisions and about 60 fatal crashes. If you or a loved one has been severely injured in a commercial truck crash, the Law Offices of David L. Hood can provide the determined representation you need to recover the full compensation you deserve. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience with motor vehicle accident cases, we thoroughly investigate your crash, determine the cause and fight to hold at-fault parties accountable.
Factors affecting commercial truck safety and leading to severe accidents
Because of the inherent danger of operating heavy equipment on public roadways, the commercial trucking industry is subject to many federal safety regulations. Rules 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
Unfortunately, the FMCSA does not have enough inspectors on the job to enforce its rules effectively, so violations regularly occur. In fact, trucking companies often incentivize rule violations, causing numerous safety issues due to:
- Untrained and unqualified drivers operating equipment
- Fatigued drivers operating for longer hours behind the wheel
- Aggressive drivers operating at excessive 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 investigation to discover the cause and hold the appropriate parties accountable.
Experienced representation for catastrophic injuries from truck accidents
The destructive power of an out-of-control commercial truck often inflicts catastrophic injuries on innocent victims. These injuries, which include crushed body parts, loss of limb, traumatic brain injury and paralysis, are life-changing and often require a lifetime of additional medical care. All injuries deserve full compensation, but catastrophic injuries present an urgent case for future medical costs, future lost earnings and a variety of “pain and suffering” damages.
As your personal injury attorney, we are determined to maximize your damage recovery, whatever the circumstances. But, because the potential payout in a catastrophic injury case is so high, trucking companies and their insurers bring enormous 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.
Contact an experienced truck accident attorney in Murrells Inlet
The Law Offices of David L. Hood provides determined legal representation for victims of commercial truck accidents, including those who’ve suffered catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 843-491-6025 or contact our Murrells Inlet office online. If your injuries prevent you from coming to our office, we can come to you.