What should I do if I'm injured in a truck accident in South Carolina?
You should immediately seek medical attention. Because trucks and tractor trailers are extremely heavy vehicles, often they can cause severe medical injuries. Immediately seek treatment for yourself before doing anything else. After you have received medical treatment, it may be important to identify witnesses to the crash or to alert law enforcement to potential witnesses so that they can be interviewed and their contact information can be provided. Avoid speaking to insurance adjusters or anyone representing the trucking company's interest until you consult with a trusted lawyer about your case first.
How is a truck or tractor-trailer accident case in South Carolina different from a car accident case?
Truck accidents typically can cause more catastrophic injuries than a normal car accident case, so the damages, medical treatment and risk of loss of life or permanent injury can be more common. This is why it is important to seek medical treatment immediately and contact a trusted lawyer for your trucking accident case. There are also numerous federal regulations that govern how truckers operate as opposed to a normal car accident.
How long do I have before I file a lawsuit after a trucking accident?
Normally in South Carolina, a person injured in an accident with a commercial truck has 3 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. However, you really need to contact a trusted lawyer quickly so that you can preserve the truck logs and other important accident records before they become difficult to secure. The rule of thumb is the sooner you contact a trusted lawyer to get to work on your behalf, the better it will be for your case.
Can I file a lawsuit on behalf of a deceased family member that died in a truck accident?
Yes, a loved one, such as parent, spouse or child of someone killed in a truck accident has 3 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit to recover financially for the medical expenses, burial expenses and loss of support and companionship and any suffering incurred by the victim in what is known as a wrongful death case.