The team of truck accident attorneys and legal staff at the Lovely Law Firm represent negligence victims in Charleston, North Charleston, and Goose Creek to help them recover compensation for their injuries and losses. We understand the devastation victims and families often experience following trucking accidents and dedicate ourselves to helping our clients to be made whole again.
We have been fighting for the victims of commercial vehicle collisions for more than 12 years and understand how to maximize the compensation our clients receive. Truck accidents are more complex and are not simply another car wreck claim. Our goal is always focused on our clients and their recoveries, and we strive to recover full compensation for all of the economic and non-economic injuries they have suffered as a result of their accidents. Because of our willingness to work hard and aggressively advocate for our clients, we have been able to recover substantial amounts of compensation for many clients and have established ourselves as champions for people who have been injured because of the negligent actions of others.
Our record has resulted in recognition from our clients and our peers. Justin M. Lovely has received a perfect rating of 10/10 on Avvo in the area of client satisfaction and is regularly invited to speak at legal conferences and on radio programs. The National Trial Lawyers has recognized Amy Lawrence by naming her to the Top 40 under 40 and Top 100 Trial Lawyers lists. When you come to our firm, you will be treated with respect and compassion. We strongly believe in protecting the rights of negligence victims to hold the people who caused their injuries accountable for their actions.
What can you expect from The Lovely Law Firm?
How we handle each of our clients’ cases sets us apart from other firms in Charleston, Goose Creek, and North Charleston. When we receive a new case, we start preparing it immediately through a thorough investigation and evidence-gathering. While we are able to successfully resolve most of our clients’ cases outside of court, our careful preparation helps us to present much stronger claims of liability to insurance companies. This allows us to show defense lawyers, trucking carriers, and insurance companies that it is in their best interests to offer fair settlements to our clients instead of risking losses against us at trials. Our approach allows us to maximize the damages we can recover for negligence victims.
Proving liability in a trucking collision is rarely a straightforward process. Many accidents involve several liable parties and contributing causes that must be teased out. Trucking companies are also required to carry liability insurance with sky-high policy limits because of the substantial losses that can be caused by trucking accidents. Because of the monetary amounts involved, insurance companies and trucking carriers aggressively fight against claims. We know how the trucking companies and insurance companies approach these types of accidents and the types of evidence we must gather to prove our clients’ claims.
To help us build the strongest possible cases, we routinely retain a variety of different types of experts and investigators. This helps us to gain a deep understanding of all of the factors involved in an accident and to present unassailable claims to the insurance companies. We also understand the importance of keeping our clients updated and are available to answer questions at any time. To help us ensure that we are maintaining strong levels of communication, we use a case management system that helps to track our client communications by email, text message, and telephone.
Our goal is to recover as much damages for our clients as possible. Some examples of recoverable compensation in many injury claims include the following:
- Past and future medical bills for treatment of your injuries
- Past and future wage losses caused by your injuries
- Past and future physical therapy and rehabilitation costs to help you recover
- Property damage
- In wrongful death claims, funeral and burial costs
- In wrongful death cases, the income the victim would have earned over his or her life if he or she had lived
- In wrongful death lawsuits, the lost inheritance rights of the victim
- In wrongful death claims, the value of household services provided by the victim to the family
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish/psychological harm
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium or guidance
In rare cases, punitive damages might be awarded when the defendants’ actions were particularly outrageous and wanton or willful. When you retain a lawyer, he or she will ask you questions to learn about what happened and assess your claim. If you retain a lawyer from our firm, we will carefully investigate your claim and calculate its value so that you can understand what it might be worth. Drunk Truck driver claims would include a punitive component.
What types of trucks can be involved in accidents?
Many different types of trucks can be involved in accidents. Some of the different types of commercial vehicles include the following:
- Dump trucks – Trucks that have trailers with open tops that tilt that are commonly used in the construction and coal industries. With the construction boom in Charleston going on right now, dump truck and heavy equipment accidents can occur more frequently as more dump trucks are on the road.
- 18-wheelers – Also known as tractor-trailers and are combinations of truck tractors with one or more trailers to haul freight. The heavy shipping freight truck traffic at our local Charleston ports can be a source of trucking crashes.
- Cement/concrete trucks – Trucks with attached revolving drums to mix the components of concrete or cement
- Garbage trucks – Trucks with special loaders used to pick up, compact, and haul residential and commercial trash
- Tanker trucks – Trucks with large cylinders attached to transport liquids or gas, including hazardous substances
- Tow trucks – Trucks with harnesses and lifts used to pick up and tow impounded or disabled vehicles
- Delivery trucks – Trucks used to deliver goods or move households
- Box trucks – Trucks used to haul goods with box-shaped trailers
- Flatbed trucks – Trucks with flat, open beds used to haul many different types of equipment
- Logging trucks – Used in the logging industry to transport logs. Logging truck crashes are often catastrophic. Look out for logging trucks in the more rural areas of Charleston County.
- Grapplers – Trucks with grapple loaders for picking up and hauling heavy debris
- Heavy haulers – Large trucks used to haul oversized loads with escorts and special permits
- Bucket trucks – Trucks with buckets to lift workers that are commonly used by utility and tree-trimming companies
Regardless of the type of truck involved, a collision can result in serious injuries and deaths. The risks involved with operating commercial trucks on the roads have led to stringent regulations on drivers and trucking companies to prevent collisions.
What types of trucking accidents happen?
Our trucking collision lawyers handle all types of accidents caused by commercial trucks, including the following common accidents:
- Head-on collisions
- Jackknife accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Underride collisions
Common causes of trucking accidents
Most trucking accidents are caused by the negligence of one or more parties. Some of the most common causes of these types of accidents include the following:
- Texting and driving
- Running stop signs or lights
- Poor road maintenance
- Inadequate training
- Insufficient repairs
- Improperly securing loads
- Faulty tires or brakes
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving faster than conditions allow
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Defective parts or trucks
- Careless driving
- Aggressive driving
Where do trucking accidents most commonly occur around Charleston, South Carolina?
While trucking accidents happen more frequently on rural highways, they can happen anywhere. Some of the roads where trucking collisions happen more often in the area include the following:
- U.S. Route 17
- S.C. Hwy. 700
- S.C. Hwy. 171
- Interstate 526
- Interstate 26
Common injuries in trucking collisions
Catastrophic injuries and deaths are common in trucking collisions. Some example of the types of injuries victims suffer in trucking accidents include the following:
- Broken bones
- Head, facial, and, neck injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Internal injuries and organ damage
- Serious lacerations
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Thoracic injuries
Many trucking accident victims are killed or suffer multiple injuries.
Why you should hire one of our experienced attorneys
Trucking collisions are among the most serious types of accidents that occur. Even if you believe that the driver’s liability is clear, trucking carriers and insurance companies aggressively defend against claims. Often the trucking companies have investigators on the scene even before the collision is cleared by first responders. You should never try to represent yourself in a claim involving a commercial vehicle. You need an advocate on your side after a truck crash. By getting help from an experienced attorney at The Lovely Law Firm, you might greatly increase your chances of recovering full compensation to cover all of your losses. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation so that you can learn more about your legal options.
What our Clients Have to Say:
It was a wonderful experience working with Sara and Haleigh. They were terrific throughout the year and a half it took to settle our case. I appreciate their dedication, expertise and professionalism.