Commercial truck accidents can be some of the most dangerous types of crashes due to the sheer size and speed of the vehicles involved. Many of these accidents involve multiple vehicles, extensive property damage, and serious injury to drivers, passengers, and/or pedestrians. Often, 18-wheelers carry hazardous or flammable materials or other possibly dangerous cargo, which broadens the scope of damage and injury even further. Collisions between these large trucks or buses and the other smaller vehicles that occupy the road have a high fatality rate.
What is a Commercial Truck Accident?
Any vehicle designed and used in commerce to transport goods or passengers are considered commercial vehicles. Transport vehicles must carry 16 or more people (including the driver). If you have been injured by any of these vehicles, then your injuries were sustained in a commercial truck accident.
Some examples are:
• Semi Trucks (18-Wheelers)
• Large Freight Carriers
• Box Trucks
• Taxi Cabs
Commercial Truck Accident Claims
It’s not only the truck driver who can be liable in a trucking accident. Trucking and insurance companies as well as commercial businesses and contractors have a stake in ensuring the safe operation of a truck during its daily transit. If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck in the Columbia, Greenville, Rock Hill, Sumter, or surrounding South Carolina areas, you will need a personal injury lawyer to pursue all of the defendants liable in your case.
When filing a claim in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, the first thing to consider is time. There are strict limitations on how long you have to make a claim. Also, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration allows companies to destroy all of their trucking records after 6 months. That means any information relevant to your case could be gone if you wait too long to file a claim.
A personal injury lawyer with experience in 18-wheeler accidents, construction truck accidents, and cargo van accidents will know that they must act quickly to ensure that all the documentation regarding your case is obtained.
Call a South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyer
South Carolina’s roadways are filled with commercial trucks, 18-wheelers, cargo vans, and buses carrying supplies, goods, and people in and out of Columbia and Greenville every day. If you or a loved one have been injured in a commercial truck accident in South Carolina, contact Harris & Graves, P.A. The truck accident lawyers at Harris & Graves will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve.