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South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyer 

South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyer Luke Paulick Brings More Than a Decade of Experience to Helping Victims and Their Families 

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If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a truck accident, you need to know that you are making the right decisions for you and your family. But, this is easier said than done. Truck accident cases can be extremely complex, and simply figuring out where to start can be extremely challenging. We’re here to help. Through our office in Port Royal, we handle serious and fatal truck accident cases in Beaufort County, Jasper County, Colleton County, and Hampton County—including accidents on I-95.

What to Do After a Truck Accident in South Carolina 

When you or a member of your family has been involved in a serious truck accident, there are some important steps you should try to take as soon as possible. But, the most important thing to do is to stay calm. Help is available; and, when you contact us for a free consultation with South Carolina truck accident attorney Luke Paulick, he will walk you through everything you need to know. 

Whether it has been hours, days, weeks, or months since the accident, you should try to take the following steps as soon as you can: 

  • Prioritize Your Medical Needs – When you are coping with the aftermath of a serious or fatal truck accident, taking care of your medical needs should be your first priority. Not only is this important for protecting your health, but it is also important for protecting your legal rights. 
  • Keep as Much Information as Possible – You should do your best to keep as much information as possible. Keep any photos or videos you have from the crash site, start a file for your accident-related records, and write down everything you can remember about the crash.
  • Schedule a Free Consultation – Coping with the aftermath of a serious or fatal truck accident is not something that you should try to do on your own. To get the advice and help you need, you should talk to a truck accident lawyer who can guide you forward. 

While you can (and should) talk to a lawyer no matter how long it has been since the accident, we strongly encourage you to contact us promptly. The sooner you get in touch, the sooner we can get to work preserving the evidence that is available, and the sooner we can help you get on the road to recovery. 

The Anatomy of a Truck Accident Case in South Carolina 

Several aspects of truck accident cases make them unique from cases involving collisions between passenger vehicles. As a result, if you have a truck accident case, it will be especially important to ensure that you have a clear understanding of both what happened and what you can expect as your case moves forward. While Luke will guide you through the process step-by-step, here is a brief introduction to what you’ll need to know: 

Common Types of Truck Accidents 

Truck accidents can take many different forms, and they can result from many different causes. Understanding the specific nature and cause of your (or your loved one’s) accident will be a key first step in the recovery process. We help victims and families protect their legal rights after all types of serious and fatal truck accidents, including: 

  • Intersection accidents involving truck drivers who run red lights or stop signs
  • Jackknife and rollover accidents involving tractor-trailers 
  • Sideswipe accidents involving truck drivers who don’t check their blind spots
  • Rear-end collisions involving truck drivers who are tailgating 
  • T-bone accidents involving distracted, drowsy, or intoxicated truck drivers

Evidence of Fault in Truck Accident Cases 

Regardless of the circumstances involved, protecting your legal rights after a truck accident requires evidence from the scene of the collision. It may also require evidence from a variety of other sources. Some examples of the types of evidence we may use to prove your (or your family’s) legal rights include: 

  • Evidence of the damage to each vehicle involved in the accident
  • Forensic evidence from the accident scene (i.e., skid marks or damaged guardrails)
  • The truck driver’s driving log, phone records, or receipts
  • The trucking company’s maintenance or employment records 
  • Video footage of the accident (i.e., from traffic cameras on I-95)

Liability in Trucking Accidents in South Carolina 

While car accident cases typically involve filing a claim under the at-fault driver’s insurance policy, truck accident cases can involve a variety of different claims. For example, depending on the circumstances involved in your (or your loved one’s) truck accident, we may need to file a claim against: 

  • Owner-operator
  • Retailer (i.e., Walmart, Amazon, or Harris Teeter)
  • Trucking company
  • Shipping company
  • Another company that owned or operated the truck involved in the crash

Financial Compensation You May Be Entitled to Recover 

Regardless of the claim (or claims) we need to file on your behalf, we will work closely with you to ensure that we are seeking full compensation for all of your family’s financial and non-financial losses resulting from the crash. While no amount of money can truly compensate for life-altering injuries or the loss of a loved one, asserting your right to financial compensation is an important part of the recovery process. Under South Carolina law, truck accident victims and their families can seek financial compensation for their past, present and future: 

  • Accident-related medical expenses 
  • Other accident-related out-of-pocket costs 
  • Loss of income, benefits, and inheritance 
  • Pain, suffering, and emotional trauma 
  • Loss of companionship, consortium, and enjoyment of life

FAQs: Recovering Your Losses after a Serious or Fatal Truck Accident in South Carolina 

What are the most common causes of truck accidents?

Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include distracted driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving, and falling asleep behind the wheel. When we investigate your (or your loved one’s) truck accident, we will work quickly to gather the evidence we need to determine why the accident happened. 

Who can be held liable in a truck accident?

Several companies can potentially be held liable for commercial truck accidents in South Carolina. Based on the evidence we collect during our investigation, we will determine what company (or companies) can be held liable for your (or your loved one’s) accident.

Does the accident report matter after a truck wreck?

Yes, the accident report can play an important role after a truck wreck in South Carolina. If you don’t have a copy of the accident report, we can obtain one on your behalf. 

Do I need a truck accident attorney?

While you aren’t legally required to hire a truck accident attorney, doing so is strongly recommended. It also costs nothing out of pocket, and it is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. 

How long do I have to file a truck accident claim?

In South Carolina, you have up to three years to file a truck accident claim in most cases. With that said, it is important that you speak with a lawyer about your claim as soon as possible. 

Call or Click for a Free Consultation with South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyer Luke Paulick 

If you need to know more about protecting your legal rights after a serious or fatal truck accident in South Carolina, we encourage you to contact us promptly. Call 843-379-3285 or tell us how we can reach you online to speak with South Carolina truck accident attorney Luke Paulick as soon as possible.