Our Knowledge Is Your Advantage
Greenville, South Carolina, Trucking Accident Lawyers
More than 5,000 Americans die each year in crashes involving 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency that tracks and studies trucking accidents.
In South Carolina alone, truck accidents killed 124 people and caused serious injury to nearly 2,200 others in the year 2005.
Why do so many serious semi accidents occur? At the law firm of Kathryn Williams, P.A., we've made it our business to look behind the numbers to understand what happens in these crashes. We use this knowledge to your advantage as we investigate and prepare a settlement claim or civil lawsuit for damages.
Determining the Cause of Truck Accidents
A loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (assuming it's not illegally overweight). A typical passenger vehicle weighs around 4,000 pounds. Recognizing this disparity and danger to the motoring public, the federal Department of Transportation strictly regulates commercial trucks.
- Violations of federal regulations and traffic laws are a factor in many truck accidents. By law, truckers must rest for a specific period after driving 10 hours. In reality, fatigued truckers cause many accidents because they are driving without rest and/or running behind schedule. Our lawyers investigate whether driver logbooks were falsified to hide these violations.
- Accidents are not always the truck driver's fault. In fact, the NHTSA found negligence of the passenger car driver contributes to more than half of all trucking accidents. Still, truck driver negligence is a major cause of thousands of crashes, including:
- Failing to keep a proper lookout
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Drifting off the road or into another lane
- Inattentive driving or distractions in the cab
- Misjudging stopping distance
- Improper lane changes
- Head-on collisions with trucks are deadly but relatively rare. The most common trucking crashes are rear-end collisions. (A fully loaded truck requires 40 percent more stopping distance than the average car.) The other common scenarios are sideswiping/running off the road and trucks turning or crossing at intersections.
- Brake failure is a contributing factor in more than one-fourth of truck accidents. We examine the truck and maintenance records for signs of bad brakes, bald tires, improper lights, loading violations, and other negligent conditions that can point to the trucking company's liability for the crash.
- Improper training and negligent hiring needlessly cause many trucking accidents. Does the trucker know how to prevent a deadly jackknife by driving at the right speed for the conditions? Does he account for different handling when riding bobcat (cab without trailer)? Does he have a criminal record or history of traffic violations? Did his employer do a thorough background check prior to hiring him as a driver?
Based in Greenville, South Carolina, our attorneys have secured verdicts and settlements in a variety of trucking accident cases across the Upstate counties and Piedmont region. Kathryn Williams has represented plaintiffs in personal injury and work injury claims for 24 years. We put our knowledge of Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and the trucking industry behind your claim for damages.
Contact our highly qualified, but caring and compassionate, truck crash lawyers at 1-888-377-1537. Kathryn Williams, P.A., extends a free initial consultation and a dedication to aggressive pursuit of damages for your family's losses.