Trucks can be extremely beneficial to society and dangerous to you at the same time. The large vehicles that are the lifeblood of the American economy can also cause you serious injury when the driver or the trucking company has been careless.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in Mount Pleasant, SC, the attorneys at Hite & Stone are on your side and will bring the full power of the law to bear on your behalf. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation.
Causes of Truck Accidents in Mount Pleasant
Truck drivers can cause an accident through carelessness. All it takes is for a driver to make an error for one split second to cause a major truck accident. Drivers make many decisions behind the wheel, and one wrong choice can severely harm you or a loved one.
These days, trucking companies are turning to more inexperienced drivers because they do not want to pay the wages that more seasoned drivers would earn. Young truck drivers are far more likely to make a mistake.
Here are some common frequent causes of truck accidents across South Carolina:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Drunk driving
- Poor maintenance
- Defective truck parts
Compensation in a Truck Accident Lawsuit
As soon as you are able to prove that someone else was to blame for your truck accident, they take on the legal obligation to pay for all the harm that you have suffered. Truck accident cases are about much more than the money that comes out of your pocket. It is up to you to get the money you deserve by fighting for it.
Here are the potential categories of damages that you could receive in a truck accident lawsuit:
- Economic damages pay you for the actual financial costs of your injury, from the medical expenses to the money that you could not earn from your job
- Non-economic damages compensate you for the physical and emotional effects of your injury, including pain and suffering, and emotional distress
While punitive damages are rarely awarded in a simple personal injury case, they are possible in a truck accident lawsuit. Since the trucking company is the defendant in the case, their practices may also be on trial.
If you can prove extreme negligence or recklessness on the part of the trucking company, the jury may award you punitive damages. In some cases, punitive damages alone may add up to millions of dollars.
The Stages of a Truck Accident Lawsuit
Your truck accident lawsuit begins as soon as you contact one of our attorneys and hire us for your case. Our Mount Pleasant injury attorneys will immediately go to work to begin investigating and helping you build your case. Below are the steps that you may need to go through before you can receive financial compensation:
- You and your attorney will decide whether to file an insurance claim or a lawsuit against the responsible driver.
- Your lawyer reviews your case to estimate your damage and compile the strongest evidence possible to prove your case.
- Your lawyer files the claim on your behalf or a lawsuit in a local court.
- The insurance company (who insures and defends the trucking company) may make you a settlement offer, which will begin negotiations between you and the trucking company.
- If there is no settlement agreement, the jury will hear your case and decide on liability and damages.
You can expect the legal process to take a considerable amount of time. The insurance company is not going to write a large check immediately. Instead, they will make you and your lawyer work hard for it. Your attorney will spearhead your legal efforts, allowing you to focus on your accident recovery.
Why Hire Hite Law Firm for Your Truck Accident Case?
When you are seeking compensation after a truck accident, you need a fighter in your corner.
The insurance company and the trucking company are going to do everything to put up barriers in your way. You must have someone who can cut through the red tape to get you all the money that you deserve.
Hite Law Firm firmly believes that truck accident victims need to aggressively pursue compensation, and we will do it on your behalf.
Contact a Mount Pleasant Truck Accident Lawyer Now
To get the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer, you just need to make a call or reach out online. You can schedule a free consultation with the attorneys at Hite Law Firm by dialing 864-664-2252 or completing our online form. You pay nothing for the initial consultation, and you owe us nothing unless we can help you win your case.