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Whalen Montalvo

Mauldin Truck Accident Attorney

Large tractor-trailers are formidable forces along South Carolina highways. The size and weight alone far outmatch an SUV, compact car, or motorcycle.

An out-of-control truck cannot stop in an instant. Other road users are typically left with no way to avoid a traumatic crash. The moment of impact is the moment your life changes forever. A Mauldin truck accident attorney may be able to help you pursue compensation for your damages. You must act quickly to protect your best interests against unfair or confusing insurance company practices.

Truck Accidents and Negligence

Unnecessary risks and tight schedules are contributing factors.

A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. This eye-opening number is alarming and devastating when it comes to a Mauldin accident.

South Carolina drivers and visitors have a right to travel safely along the state’s major highways. Commercial truck drivers who sit behind the wheel of large trucks have a responsibility to maintain control — regardless of whether their trailer is loaded.

Long routes, tight schedules, and time away from family can cause truck drivers to take unsafe risks, such as:

  • Ignoring mandatory rest breaks and federal rest regulations
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which impairs judgment and reaction times
  • Speeding or other forms of aggressive driving, making a truck challenging to stop quickly
  • Loss of focus due to in-cab or outside-of-cab distractions.

Commercial truck drivers risk their careers by engaging in the actions above. However, some truck accidents occur due to mechanical failures, such as poor brakes or worn tires. The failure to properly maintain a tractor-trailer for safe travel is often a form of negligence. It is unacceptable if a trucking company cuts corners on safety to protect profits. This injustice to you and your family demands accountability — something a Mauldin truck accident lawyer can help you pursue.

Why Choose Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law

We know South Carolina law and are unafraid of a possible trial.

When choosing the right attorney for your Mauldin truck accident case, experience matters. Learn more about attorneys James Whalen and Eric Montalvo below:

Attorney James Whalen

A Greenville native, James Whalen gained experience in various legal settings. The Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., motivated him to become a trial lawyer. This invaluable experience helps James as he takes truck accident companies before a judge and jury.

His experience working on a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) grant occurred during his time with the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. The NHTSA work proves valuable in his work with Mauldin truck accidents.

Attorney Eric Montalvo

Eric Montalvo’s experience includes time as a military prosecutor. His 20-year United States Marine Corps career and acceptance into the Marine Corps Law Program launched Eric’s legal career.

Eric has prosecuted DUI cases. As a South Carolina civil attorney, he applies his skills and experience to truck accidents and their devastating effects on other road users.

James and Eric make serving victims of negligence a top priority. Their care and compassion follow their dedication and commitment to each client. Your truck accident was traumatic enough. Choosing an attorney from Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law to help with your case can remove at least one burden from your shoulders.

We Help Mauldin Truck Accident Victims

A member of our team manages every legal detail.

The trucking industry is a billion-dollar business. As such, it is an imposing task to take on alone, much less without a firm knowledge of South Carolina civil law.

In addition to their insurers, the truck industry has attorneys available to represent them in civil cases. At Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law, we have the skills and experience to take on a trucking company, its insurers, and other attorneys.

Your attorney will manage communication, investigate the accident, and prepare the appropriate legal documents. Perhaps most importantly, your attorney will ensure your lawsuit is filed within the required statute of limitations.

Our goal is to secure compensation and justice for your:

  • Medical bills
  • Ongoing medical costs
  • Lost income due to injuries
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering.

The truck company’s insurer may offer you a settlement check to make your personal injury claim quickly disappear. Accepting the offer affects your ability to pursue further legal action. A Mauldin truck accident lawyer understands the importance of calculating a victim’s future medical needs. While the check may seem significant now, it is most likely insufficient for a lifetime of care.

Get the help you need from a Mauldin truck accident attorney. Scheduling a free consultation with Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law today can place your mind at ease. You can learn how to best move forward with a civil case by reaching out today.

If you suffered severe injuries in a Mauldin truck accident caused by negligence, contact Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law. We fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.

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Mauldin Truck Accident FAQs

If you have legal questions, you are not alone.

Questions about the civil process are common among Mauldin truck accident victims. Here a Mauldin truck accident attorney answers frequently asked questions — questions that you, too, may have concerning your next step.

Q: What do I do if the responsible party’s insurer blames me for the accident?

A: It is best not to speak with the insurer for the responsible party. One misstatement may affect your chance for compensation.  Instead, contact a Mauldin truck accident attorney to communicate with the insurance company.

Q: My loved one suffered fatal, catastrophic injuries in a truck accident. Can I sue?

A:  South Carolina law allows the deceased’s estate executor to file a wrongful death case. If no executor is named, the court will appoint an executor.

Q: Does a civil truck accident case always go to trial?

A: No. It is more common for truck accident cases to settle out of court. However, your attorney will prepare for a possible trial, applying their courtroom skills and experience.

Q: How much compensation is possible in a truck accident case?

A: Compensation is never guaranteed. However, it is worth fighting for. Any compensation negotiated through a settlement or awarded by a jury depends upon the details of each case.

No one knows how a truck accident will change their life until it happens to them. While the civil process is mostly the same throughout each case, the outcomes differ. A free consultation with a Mauldin truck accident attorney is a proactive way to get answers to your questions.

Your Mauldin Truck Accident Attorney

Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law are on your side.

The complexity of truck accident cases is more than victims can or should deal with as they recover. Insurers for the trucking industry are often aggressive and protected by lawyers. As a victim of truck driver negligence, you, too, should have the protection of a Mauldin truck accident attorney.

Client testimonials describe how Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law helped them by providing caring and highly skilled representation. It is our honor to help you by reviewing your evidence and determining if you have a case. Time is of the essence, so call now: (864) 770-7710.

James M. Whalen

I grew up right here in Greenville, South Carolina. Following highschool, I attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where I was an NCAA Scholar-Athlete for the Rhodes Lynx soccer program.

I completed my law degree at University of South Carolina School of Law, where I was on the mock trial team and an editor for the Journal of Law and Education. Following graduation, I served as a judicial law clerk for Senior Judge Robert H. Hodges, Jr. on the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. My experience in D.C. trial courts solidified my desire to become a trial lawyer.
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