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Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyers

Representing Victims of Semi-Truck and Tractor-Trailer Accidents Across the Carolinas

Trucking companies ultimately have one goal in mind, which is to make a profit. Unfortunately, this means that they don't always care about doing the right thing and may cut corners. They may ignore vital safety procedures, reduce maintenance schedules, or fail to train their drivers appropriately. Some companies may even encourage their drivers to break federal trucking regulations and drive longer hours than the law allows.  Many companies do the right thing and emphasize safety for themselves and their drivers, but many trucking companies cut corners make the roads more dangerous for everyone. With thousands of drivers relying on highways to get to work daily, it takes just one careless tractor-trailer driver for your life to change in an instant.

If a trucking company's negligence led to your accident, they should be held accountable for the damages they have caused. Tractor-trailer accident cases fall into a complex and unique legal area compared to the average car collision. Proving fault, especially when a trucking company and their legal team is involved, can be difficult. That's why we recommend speaking with one of our truck accident lawyers who has the resources and experience to fight for the full compensation you may be entitled under the law.

Who is Responsible for My Truck Accident?

If you've been injured in a semi-truck accident, multiple parties may share responsibility for the crash. Several factors can come into play, including inadequate vehicle maintenance, faulty parts, and poor cargo loading. When it comes to establishing liability in a tractor-trailer accident claim, the responsible parties may include:

  • The driver
  • The trucking company
  • The owner of the truck or trailer
  • The vehicle parts manufacturer
  • The shipping company or cargo loader
  • The shipping broker

The process of dealing with the insurance companies and their attorneys can make it difficult for victims to get the money they need without help. If you were hurt in a collision with a tractor-trailer, it's a good idea to consult with an experienced accident attorney.

Types of Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawsuits

Those who are injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer may be able to file a lawsuit for damages caused by the crash. The decision to sue is something that an experienced tractor-trailer accident lawyer can help you with. The most common types of tractor-trailer accident lawsuits include:

Negligence: Filing a claim to recover compensation for injuries after a tractor-trailer accident will often be based on the tractor-trailer driver's negligence. Some common signs of negligence include:

  • Lack of truck driving experience
  • Driving an overloaded truck
  • Operating an oversized tractor-trailer on narrow roads
  • Failure to see other cars due to a large blind spot
  • Disregarding traffic laws
  • Driving for too long wihtout sleep or breaks
  • Failure to keep the tractor-trailer in a safe, working condition
  • Lack of supervision or training

Product Liability: If a defect in the tractor-trailer or one of its parts contributed to the crash, you might be able to file a claim against the product manufacturer(s). Victims must prove the defect originated in the manufacturing process to be successful. This can be done by expert analysis, testing, and testimony.

Wrongful Death: Tractor-trailer accidents can be so severe that they prove fatal. In some cases, the surviving family may file a claim on behalf of their loved one to recover compensation for their loss.

What Compensation Can I Receive After A Tractor-Trailer Accident?

The harm that a victim suffers after a serious tractor-trailer accident can last a lifetime. A person may face significant and lasting expenses for medical care, rehabilitation, and ongoing care or assistance. Additionally, many victims who are hurt in tractor-trailer accidents can no longer perform their old job or work in any other capacity. The compensation you seek in a truck accident personal injury claim will depend on the severity and type of injuries you have suffered. Similar to other personal injury lawsuits, the types of compensation available to tractor-trailer accident victims fall into two, possibly three, categories: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.

Economic damages help cover the specific monetary costs resulting from a tractor-trailer accident, including:

  • Current medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity

Non-economic damages compensate the victim or family for non-financial, intangible losses, which include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Permanent injury
  • Future pain and suffering

In addition to the damages listed above, victims may be able to seek punitive damages if the tractor-trailer driver's actions that caused the accident were malicious, reckless, willful, or fraudulent. Punitive damages punish the offender and prevent similar behavior in the future.

Why Shouldn't I Accept a Settlement Offered by The Insurance Company?

Insurance companies' primary loyalty is to their investors and policyholders. Therefore, their goal is to either not pay a claim at all or to pay out as little as possible. When a tractor-trailer is involved, this fact holds especially true.

Although insurance companies may offer to pay you some compensation, they do not always provide you sufficient compensation to make you whole. It's essential to keep this fact in mind and realize that the offer an insurance company makes may be far less than the compensation you may be entitled to.  Unfortunately, litigation is often necessary on serious cases to get treated fairly.

Why Do I Need a Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney?

It can be overwhelming to navigate through all of the legal and financial issues you may be facing following a tractor-trailer accident. However, having an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side can make a huge difference in your case. Truck accidents often involve several unique factors that only an experienced tractor-trailer wreck attorney will be familiar with. The laws governing tractor-trailers and semi-trucks are complex and unique in North and South Carolina truck accident litigation. You need a truck accident attorney who has experience dealing with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). The attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson understand these laws and know what legal rights you have if you've been injured.

Don't Wait To Be Compensated. Call for a Free Case Evaluation Today.

Grimes Teich Anderson has over four decades of experience protecting and fighting for good people of the Carolinas, including truck wreck victims. Our tractor-trailer accident lawyers have negotiated truck accident settlements with insurance companies and know how to get you the full compensation you deserve.*

Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our lawyers by calling 800-533-6845 or by completing our free case evaluation form online.

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Greenville, SC 29601
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*Each case is different, so not all information on this website, as well as some which may not be provided, will apply to every case. Because the facts and relevant laws are different from case to case, Grimes Teich Anderson does not guarantee that the outcome, results, or experiences with one lawyer or one case will be similar to another.

Except for Employment Law Cases, Attorney's fees are a percentage of the entire recovery and will be deducted before other expenses. In addition to the fee in these cases, Client will be responsible for litigation expenses, which will either be deducted from the recovery or paid by the client. Some Employment Law Cases may be handled on a contingency fee basis and others handled on an hourly basis, where the client is billed for the hours spent on the case. Based on our experience, we will advise you of the most appropriate fee arrangement in Employment Law cases.

Material on this website is for information purposes and is not legal advice.

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