Charleston Truck Accident Attorney

Compassionate Representation in Columbia & Charleston

Operating standards in the trucking industry are heavily regulated by state and federal laws. These laws delineate how much a fully loaded truck may weigh, who is allowed to operate a truck on the road, the type of training necessary to obtain a trucking license, and how many hours a driver may operate a truck before having to stop and rest. If a truck driver or trucking company violates any of these laws, and causes an accident as a result, the responsible party may be held fully liable for any damages sustained by innocent individuals in the crash.

If you have been harmed in a truck accident that was not your fault, we encourage you to contact our firm as soon as you are able. Our Charleston personal injury lawyer will utilize the many resources of our firm in seeking the compensation that you require to cover the costs of your injuries and any other related damages

Types of Truck Accidents

Rear-end and side collisions
The first type of accident that should be discussed is a rear-end or side collision accident. It can be caused by the malfunction of the air brake. This can occur when a tractor-trailer is driving downhill. Even with a significant amount of pressure placed on the air brake, the truck can still malfunction.

Rollovers
A rollover can take place if a driver loses control of the vehicle. When the truck is making a sharp turn, for example, it can be tipped by an object or uneven ground and rollover. Fatality numbers from a rollover truck accident are very high.

Underride accidents
An underride accident takes place when a small vehicle hits the rear end of a large truck and slides under the truck. Driver negligence and distractions can cause these collisions, which typically result in catastrophic accidents.

Head-on collision
A large truck and a smaller vehicle can collide and cause a crushing impact when they are heading toward each other. Severe neck and back injuries and crushing injuries often result.

There are many different ways a truck can be involved in an accident with another vehicle. These situations can be not only physically dangerous but also financially destructive. No matter what type of truck accident has taken place, we advise you to get this situation taken care of as soon as possible. A Charleston truck accident attorney who has handled many truck accident cases can also help you identify the kind of accident that occurred and what claims should be filed.

Negligence in Truck Accidents

Negligence is the primary factor in a large percentage of truck accidents. Examples of this negligence include:

  • The trucking company's failure to adequately maintain its vehicles
  • The driver's failure to inspect tires, brakes, and lights before driving on the road
  • The trucking company setting unrealistic schedules for its drivers, leading to overly aggressive/reckless driving or driver fatigue
  • Truck driver distraction, such as cell phone or electronic navigation use
  • The driver consuming drugs or alcohol while operating the vehicle

McLeod Law Group, LLC has extensive experience in practicing personal injury law in both Charleston and Columbia, SC. We have represented individuals in personal injury cases of all types, such as those that involve large truck collisions. Call on our skilled Charleston truck accident attorney today to begin your case!

Contact us for assistance in filing a truck accident claim if you have been injured.

McLeod Law Group, LLC has offices in both Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina:

Charleston Office Address: Columbia Office Address:
3 Morris Street, Suite A
Charleston, SC 29403
2909 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205