Truck Accidents in Charleston South Carolina

Truck Accidents

Trucks are usually the largest vehicles on the road.  Their size, weight, and poor sight lines often result in very serious accidents involving devastating personal injury and death.  Truck accident cases can be significantly more difficult than automobile accident cases, and it is recommended that if you or a loved one is hurt or killed in a truck accident, you consult with an attorney who can fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.

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 What causes trucking accidents?

An important part of any lawsuit is determining who is at fault and to determine who is at fault, you must first determine the cause of the accident. Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Texting
  • Drunk drivers
  • Distracted drivers
  • Excessive speed
  • Defective roadways
  • Improperly loaded or overloaded trucks
  • Defective equipment
  • Poorly maintained truck
  • Lack of driver training and experience
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Negligent drivers of other vehicles

Driver fatigue

Fatigue is the most common cause of driver error, contributing to about 40% of all trucking accidents. Fatigue alone can cause an accident, and when combined with other factors, the results are often deadly.

Underride and override accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a statement saying “it is well aware of the scope and severity of the truck underride issue.”

Underride accidents can be horrific, usually resulting in decapitation. An override accident is one in which a truck runs over the vehicle in front of it. It is estimated that as many as half of all fatal truck accidents involve truck underrides.

Who will be held responsible in an automobile accident?

There are often many factors that cause truck accidents.  A can involve multiple responsible parties including:

  • Truck driver
  • Trucking company
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Other negligent drivers
  • Government entities