Truck drivers get tired and fatigue, because of overloaded schedules, and in some cases drug abuse, and recent statistics show that more than 144,000 trucks were involved in accidents in the span of one year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s statistics in 2005; 4,932 trucks were involved in fatal traffic accidents. More recent stuidies show that in more than 80 percent of tractor trailer traffic accidents, the non-commercial driver is not at fault, and most of the deaths or injuries in such accidents happen to the non-commercial driver.
Although truck accidents are far less prevalent than car accidents,the percentage of fatalities from trucking accidents far exceeds the fatality percentage for auto accidents.
Located in Charleston, the truck accident injury lawyers at the Clekis Law Firm have more than twenty years experience assisting clients get the maximum compensation for injuries or the loss of a loved one in a truck accident.
Causes of South Carolina Truck Accidents
In South Carolina, truck accidents have been caused in a number of ways, including the following:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Truck driver error
- Impaired truck driver judgment (drugs or alcohol)
- Improper load (load shifting)
- Failure to inspect or maintain the truck cab
- Failure to inspect or maintain the truck trailer
- Truck agency negligence (e.g., failing to run background checks on truck drivers)
- Truck parts defects (including tires – tread separation, brakes, headlights taillights, trailer hitches, and other truck parts)
- SUV and truck rollover
- Defective roadways and highways
If you have been seriously injured or if a loved one suffered a fatality, you want experienced representation from a truck accident lawyer who understands the special rules and regulations governing trucks and truck drivers, as well as an attorney who can identify the proper parties that may have contributed to your accident.
We’re Paid Only If You Collect
Our Policy: If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident, we would like to help you. You can see us for free. In fact, we’re paid our fee and we recover expenses only if we collect money for you on your claim. Fees will be calculated before deducting the expenses advanced on behalf of the client.