Frequently Asked Questions about Truck Accidents
Maybe you or someone you know has been involved in a truck-related automobile accident. Do you have questions about your legal rights and options? See if your question is answered below.
How Is a Truck Accident Different from a Car Accident?
The biggest difference between truck and car accidents and the way they are legally handled is that in a car accident, you would likely be dealing only with one party and his or her insurance company. In a trucking-related accident, you may be taking legal action against multiple different parties such as manufacturers, distributors, drivers, their companies, etc. But there are other salient differences as well; truck accidents often involve more extensive and severe injuries due to the size of the trucks and the force involved in accidents. Some victims sustain traumatic brain injuries or spinal injuries in such accidents. Further, trucking involves unique laws designed to protect victims. Keep in mind that an attorney with experience with car accident cases may not have experience with trucking cases.
Are There Any Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
Yes. Distracted driving is one of the most prevalent causes of trucking-related accidents. If the driver of a truck was distracted at the time of the accident, this can provide a claim for injured victims of the crash.
What Kind of Compensation is Available in a Truck Accident Lawsuit?
Many kinds of financial compensation, or damages, are available in truck accident lawsuit cases. You may be able to recover financial compensation for pain and suffering and medical expenses, but also for lost wages, loss of consortium, mental anguish, and other types of harm. If you have special expenses from your trucking accident, contact an attorney to see whether they are covered.
How Long Do I Have to Decide If I Want to File a Lawsuit?
South Carolina law gives you three years from the date you were injured to file a lawsuit. However, filing is certainly not something you would want to delay. Evidence supporting your claim like truck logs, camera footage, and eyewitnesses may disappear over time. You can consult with a truck accident attorney even if you are not sure that you want to file yet and even if you just want to discuss your options.
Can I File a Truck Accident Lawsuit on Behalf of Someone Else?
Generally, you cannot assert someone else’s rights for them. However, you may bring a truck accident lawsuit on behalf of a deceased family member. This is usually called a wrongful death action. There is also a three year time limit to file this type of lawsuit in truck accident cases. Various types of compensation may be available to you, including medical and funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and loss of consortium.
My Question Isn’t Answered Here. What Now?
Truck-related accident claims can be complex cases. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, consider consulting an attorney experienced in trucking accident cases. You may have rights to compensation and options to pursue. Contact a Columbia truck accident attorney today at The Stanley Law Group. Call 803-799-4700 and set up a consultation.