Large trucks are difficult to maneuver, and when loaded with freight, they may take 20 to 40 percent longer to stop than a small vehicle. As a result, when trucks are involved in a crash with smaller vehicles, the consequences can be disastrous. Crash victims may wind up with catastrophic injuries such as head, back, neck, brain and spinal cord damage, paralysis, amputations, and broken bones, and injuries can lead to death. Survivors may be left facing mounting medical and rehabilitation costs at a time they cannot work, and life may never be the same.
If you or a family member was hurt or someone has died in a truck accident that was due to another party’s negligence or fault, you may be entitle to get compensation for your losses through insurance or a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. However, South Carolina laws regarding truck accidents are complicated, and trucking companies and their insurance companies have high-powered attorneys who will try to deny claims, or get you to accept as little as possible, so it’s difficult to get fair compensation without legal assistance.
The Greenville truck accident lawyer at Whalen Montalvo know the tactics insurance companies use and how to fight to get you a just settlement. We can take the burden off you by handling all investigations and negotiations involved with proving liability and recovering compensation, and we are fully prepared to take your case to court if necessary.
We provide a free consultation to discuss your case and determine the best way to handle it. There are no costs to you unless and until we win a settlement, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Call us today at (864) 770-7710 to get started.
Truck accident cases are complicated, as there are both state and federal regulations involved, so you should find an attorney you not only trust and feel comfortable with but who has the experience and resources needed to deal with large trucking companies and their insurers. Here are some reasons why we believe that Whalen Montalvo is your best choice:
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Our Whalen Montalvo truck accident attorney knows that time is of the essence when dealing with complicated truck accidents. When you have our legal team on your side, we will start working on your case immediately. We will:
At Whalen Montalvo, we know the importance of collecting evidence quickly, before trucking companies are able to destroy it. Our clients are important to us, and we fight aggressively for the compensation they deserve.
To win your case, our truck accident lawyers in Greenville must prove that another party or parties, (the defendants in the case) were negligent and at fault for causing the accident that injured you. Proving negligence legally means showing the existence of the following elements:
Truck accident cases are further complicated because often there are multiple parties who may have contributed to the accident. In addition to the driver of the truck, examples of other parties who may have liability are:
All these parties may have insurance and assets that can go toward a settlement, and they should all be named in a lawsuit.
Commercial vehicle drivers are required to maintain comprehensive records of the maintenance of their truck, their stops, routes, cargo weights, company hiring and training records and work hours. Our attorneys would utilize these records as evidence to determine what type of negligence contributed to the accident.
After a truck accident that was not your fault, our Greenville truck accident attorney will fight for an award called damages that covers your losses. In South Carolina, you may receive compensatory damages that consist of both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are to cover monetary expenses that have an actual dollar value, such as:
Noneconomic damages are for damages that don’t have a specific monetary value, but negatively impact your life. Examples include:
Punitive damages. In some rare cases, punitive damages may also be awarded where an accident victim can prove that the defendant’s actions were willful, wanton, or reckless. These are intended to punish a defendant and to deter such behaviors in the future.
There are a wide range of amounts of damages — from the thousands to millions of dollars — that you may be awarded in a successful truck accident lawsuit. Amounts may depend on the circumstances of the case and factors that include:
After a serious truck accident, you are bound to have questions and concerns. While these are best addressed at your initial consultation, to get you started, here are answers to some questions our attorneys are often asked:
No. While trucking companies are required to carry substantial insurance, insurance companies want to pay as little as possible. They may make a lowball offer to settle your claim quickly for less than it is worth, or try to get you to admit that you were at fault for the accident. Tell the insurance company to contact your attorney and let Whalen Montalvo handle negotiations to prevent costly mistakes.
Yes. South Carolina has a statute of limitations on truck accidents that with some exceptions, is generally three years from the date of the accident. If you file your claim after three years, the court will most likely dismiss your case.
Even if you contributed to the accident, you may still be able to get a settlement, since South Carolina has a modified comparative fault rule. This means so long as they’re not more than 50% at fault, plaintiffs can recover damages, but damages are reduced by the percentage they are found to be at fault.
South Carolina does not impose limits, or caps, on the amount of economic or non-economic damages that you can recover in truck accident cases, except for cases naming government defendants.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the commercial trucking industry and has requirements such as limits on the amount of time a truck driver can work at one time and licensing requirements, and the South Carolina Department of Transportation has its own set of trucking regulations that provide additional requirements
When you have Whalen Montalvo on your side, you will have all your questions answered. Call us today to get started while evidence is fresh and witnesses can be found.
If you or a loved one was involved in a trucking accident, call the skilled and experienced personal injury truck accident lawyers at Whalen Montalvo. Our legal team can help you recover evidence that is relevant to your claim, build a case, prove liability, and fight for the settlement you deserve.
We know what you are going through and will handle all legal hurdles and requirements so you can concentrate on your recovery. Call us today for your free, no-obligation consultation.
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