Commercial shipping via 18-wheel semi-trucks is a multi-billion dollar business – especially in the Charleston, SC, area where the State Port Authority fuels much of our economy. Unfortunately, the high pressure placed on truck drivers and shipping companies will often result in companies cutting corners related to driver and load safety. Accidents with semi-trailer trucks, even seemingly minor injuries, can result in serious injuries.
FACT: Over 15 million commercial trucks are driving on the road in any given year, and in that time, over 100,000 people are injured in truck accidents.
Reasons for car and heavy-truck accidents in Charleston include:
- Speeding: Truckers are constantly pushing themselves and their vehicles to meet deadlines – this can lead to recklessness and injury. Speeding is never safe – even in cars, but this is especially trust for vehicles weighing 46,000 lbs. per axial. Speeding makes it very difficult to stop a moving vehicle.
- Heavy Payloads: Not only are commercial semi-trucks heavy, they may be pulling unusually heavy loads that make it even more difficult to stop the vehicle. When a truck with a heavy payload hits a car, the damage can be catastrophic.
- Lack of Maintenance: Overlooked or improperly completed routine preventive maintenance is a major factor in heavy truck accidents. Such maintenance is also very expensive. As a result, many trucking companies put off or simply refuse to perform he work. In these situations, even the safest professional driver faces an increased risk of being involved in or causing an accident. All it takes for one terrible accident to occur is for one of the many semi-truck systems to fail.
- Lack of Sleep: Truckers are human and become tired. Driver fatigue is a resulting of being overworked or sleep-deprived. When this happens, mistakes occur. Many experienced truckers are paid by the mile, and as such, drivers often want to push their bodies to the limit to earn a better paycheck. By pushing their bodies too far, professional truck drivers can end up nodding off or falling asleep behind the wheel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has official rules governing how much a professional driver can work before resting. Moreover, drivers must keep a log. Our trained and well-experienced Charleston attorneys will investigate your claim to determine if these records are accurate or if the responsible party is in violation of federal regulations governing truckers.
- Highway Hypnosis: This condition, also known as “white line fever,” is a condition that occurs when operators drive long distances without taking a break to rest. It can occur to even the most careful truck driver because they spend so much time on the road. It only takes a second for a driver to fail to see a break light or other visual detail that would otherwise alert a fully conscience driver and avoid a collision.
- Blind Spots and Noise: One of the first thing truck drivers learn is how to avoid blind spots on commercial, semi-trucks. Unfortunately, the slightest maladjustment in a semi’s mirror system can result on truck driver not realizing that he or she does not have a full view of the area around them. The loud engine of a semi-truck can drown out the horns of smaller cars operated by concerned motorists. When this occurs, it is very easy for a truck driver to cause an accident.
- Carelessness or Recklessness: Last, but not least, some truckers have a negligent attitude and think that every other motorist should yield to them because of their massive size. This is simply not possible in every situation — and the results can be deadly.
If You Have Been Injured, Contact Us Immediately
At the Bostic Law Firm, our years of personal injury experience can help you if your accident with a semi-truck. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, it is important to contact an attorney as quickly as possible; by calling us immediately after your accident, you allow us to begin the process of gathering evidence while it is still fresh and interviewing witnesses while they clearly remember the accident.
Our SC injury attorneys will carefully investigate the events leading to your accident in an effort to obtain evidence of negligence on the part of the driver or the trucking company. Any evidence demonstrating such negligence will be used to attempt to negotiate a settlement or pursue a favorable judgment in court.
The head start you give us by contacting us quickly can dramatically improve your chances of collecting compensation for your losses. Contact our office via email or call 1-888-571-2525 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your truck accident injury concerns with one of our experienced lawyers.