Victims of truck accidents are more likely to suffer devastating, life-threatening injuries due to the disparity in size between trucks and passenger cars. Severe trauma, including head and brain injuries, burns, spinal cord damage, broken bones, and other medical conditions are just the beginning. Besides pain and suffering, costs of treatment add up and a victim may be unable to work, causing financial hardship during these already-difficult times.
At Walker Morgan, our attorneys fight for the rights of truck accident victims, ensuring they obtain the highest compensation available under South Carolina law. Whether we’re representing you in settlement discussions or in court, we’re committed to serving your needs.
Assisting Victims Hurt in Truck Accidents
Time is of the essence after a South Carolina truck accident, as state law restricts the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for your injuries. The statute of limitations is three years, starting from the date of the incident. Our experienced attorneys can serve you best if you’re able to take certain actions after the crash, including:
- Seeking Proper Medical Treatment: You should seek or request appropriate medical treatment right away after a collision. In some cases, you’ll require emergency care, ambulance transportation, surgery, or other urgent treatment. Even if you can walk away after a minor accident, you should visit a doctor. Some injuries, such as brain damage, spinal cord injuries, and whiplash, may not show symptoms for a few hours or days. Still, these injuries can be just as severe.
- Preserving Evidence: It’s important to gather as much information as possible after a truck crash, because this evidence may degrade or become unavailable down the road. If you’re able, take pictures of your vehicle, the truck, the physical details of the scene, and all surroundings. Our legal team also includes a quick response investigation team, which we’ll send to the scene right away. We’re able to collect information from a truck’s event data recorder, which gathers details in the same way as an airplane’s black box.
Defense Tactics Can Impact Your Claim
It’s critical to take these actions quickly and retain skilled counsel after a truck accident because attorneys acting for the defendant will immediately begin developing a defense strategy. Delays work against you, and may affect your amount of compensation. Defense lawyers may even try to put some of the blame on you, citing South Carolina laws on contributory negligence. If you’re more than 50 percent responsible for the accident, you’re barred from any financial recovery.
Discuss Your Case with a Skilled Lexington Truck Accident Attorney
You do have rights as a victim of a truck accident, so it’s a mistake to go it alone in pursuing your right to compensation. Trucking companies and their insurers have teams of lawyers dedicated to protecting their own interests – not yours. The truck accident lawyers at Walker Morgan put your needs first, and draw from extensive experience and knowledge to obtain the compensation you deserve. To set up a free consultation with an attorney, please visit our website or call our Lexington, SC office at 803-636-8790.