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Truck Accidents

Anderson Truck Accident Lawyers

Truck accidents, given the sheer size and weight of these vehicles, can lead to severe injuries that profoundly impact the lives of those involved. While the spectrum of injuries can range widely, common examples include fractures, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other forms of physical trauma. These injuries not only bring about significant medical challenges but also place emotional and financial burdens on the victims and their families. 

When someone else is at fault for your injuries and your burdens, you deserve compensation. Whether you get that compensation, may well depend on the quality of your Anderson truck accident lawyer. 

The law firm of Smith & Griffith, LLP has over 25 years of dedicated service to injured plaintiffs and their families. We have the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to navigate what can be a complex landscape in truck accident litigation. We understand the intricacies of federal and state regulations governing the trucking industry, and we leverage that understanding to protect your rights. Our goal is to get you the compensation you deserve and help you rebuild your life. 

Call (864) 477-7395 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.

Truck Accident Litigation Can Be Different

In the realm of personal injury law, certain foundational principles apply universally, such as the necessity to establish negligence. However, litigation involving truck accidents often takes a unique path from standard auto accident cases. There is a complex layer of law and regulatory compliance that attorneys must know how to navigate.

 Consider the following nuances in truck accident lawsuits:

  • The responsibility for an accident may not rest on the truck driver’s shoulders. For instance, if a trucking firm employed an individual lacking the requisite qualifications and entrusted them with an 18-wheeler, the firm itself may become the focal point of legal action.
  • This complexity extends to the practices of trucking companies, who typically vet their new recruits with their insurance providers to ensure due diligence. What if it was the insurer who green-lit an inadequately qualified driver? This scenario shifts the legal spotlight onto the insurer.
  • Determining the exact cause of the accident further complicates matters. Should cargo dislodge from the truck, the liability may fall upon the party responsible for securing the load.
  • Regulatory compliance regarding driving hours also plays a critical role. Accidents occurring beyond permitted driving limits necessitate an investigation into who bears the blame. Did the driver push themselves too far voluntarily? Or did the scheduler give the driver a timetable that could only be met by violating regulations? Your attorney needs to find out. 
  • Equipment or mechanical failures introduce another layer of complexity, potentially implicating maintenance service providers in the litigation.
  • Furthermore, the involvement of a third party, whose reckless driving could be the primary cause of the accident, adds another dimension. Given the limited maneuverability of large trucks compared to smaller vehicles, the actions of another driver entirely could be the reason for the accident. 

Identifying the correct defendant is crucial for a successful lawsuit. It is insufficient for a court to merely empathize with the plaintiff—the court must be convinced that the defendant is directly responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries. Misidentifying the liable party could jeopardize the entire effort at getting fair compensation—or any compensation at all.

Properly establishing liability is multifaceted. It hinges on the meticulous gathering and analysis of evidence. This process, known as discovery,  is where both plaintiffs and defendants can request documentation and other records pertinent to the case. Understanding what to look for is absolutely vital. Clients who come to Smith & Griffith, LLP can be confident that our experienced Anderson truck accident lawyers know what they’re doing. 

The Role of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act

Truck accidents often involve vehicles engaged in interstate commerce, thereby bringing federal regulations into play – notably the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA). This act outlines a comprehensive set of rules governing the trucking industry, including stringent requirements on driver working hours, vehicle maintenance, and cargo loading standards. 

Our attorneys are well-versed in the FMCSA. By closely examining the details required by these regulations, we can at least enhance the plaintiff’s chances of securing a favorable outcome.

The process of proving liability encompasses a comprehensive approach that includes analyzing the accident’s circumstances, reviewing police reports and medical records, and possibly leveraging expert testimonies. Each piece of evidence serves to construct a narrative where we seek to substantiate the claim of negligence or misconduct by the defendant. 

Experience, Professionalism, and Compassion

Smith & Griffith, LLP believes in a personalized approach to the law. Every client’s journey is unique. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to truly getting to know you and what matters most in your life and for your recovery. Our commitment goes beyond simply securing a settlement that “gets you by.” We aim to understand the full extent of your injuries and the impact they have on your life. We believe this is an important part of facilitating your recovery.

Our team’s roots run deep in upstate South Carolina, reflecting our strong bond with the community we serve. 

At Smith & Griffith, LLP, you’re not just a case number, you’re part of our community, and we’re here to stand by you every step of the way. Call (864) 477-7395 today.

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