Truck Accidents


Our South Carolina injury attorneys are ready to assist you in fighting your case.  At any given moment, thousands of semi-tractor trailers crowd United States interstates and highways.  Because of this, the average person comes into contact with a semi-tractor trailer at countless times throughout the day.  Such a large amount of interaction can, and does, result in injury and death to innocent drivers and bystanders.  According to a 2006 safety analysis performed by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA), large trucks (i.e.. over 10,000 pounds) were involved in 385,000 traffic accidents, resulting in 4,995 fatalities (12% of all traffic fatalities within the United States) and 106,000 injuries.  Of those 4,995 fatalities, 75% were occupants of vehicles other than the large truck.  In most cases, the driver of the semi-tractor trailer is not injured in the accident.

Semi-tractor trailers can be intimidating, threatening, and even frightening to the average driver.  More times than not this is due to semi-truck drivers who are either violating the law or being negligent in their operation, both of which result in injuries and death to innocent drivers and bystanders.  According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study published by the United States Department of Transportation in 2007, the following ten factors were associated with large truck crashes and their drivers:

  • Brake problems
  • Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue

Other important associated factors include:

  • Improper maintenance of tractor trailer (tires, brakes, etc.)
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Lack of proper training
  • Reckless driving (including speeding)
  • Improper loading of tractor trailer

Based on the elevated risk surrounding the operation of large trucks generally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was established on January 1, 2000 to improve the safety of commercial motor vehicles and truck drivers through the enactment of regulations and statutory provisions that truck drivers are required by law to follow.  Failure to comply with these regulations and statutory provisions can result in injury or death, and is a violation of federal law.

Interstate 95 provides a direct line of travel from Miami to the uppermost part of Maine, passing through Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Daytona, Savannah, and Florence.  Accidents involving large trucks are extremely hazardous and we can help you get through this process as it can be a very challenging process to handle.  Our truck accident attorneys in Myrtle Beach handle accidents in all parts of South Carolina.  We are experienced at litigating truck accident cases and determining if the truck driver has followed all state and federal regulations related to interstate transportation.  If you need the assistance of a South Carolina injury attorney, do not hesitate to call our office.  We can be reached toll free at 1-800-94-TRIAL or contact us online for a free consultation.

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