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Charleston Trucking Accident Attorneys

0019Trucking accidents often result in severe injury or death as a result of the speeds and weights of the vehicles involved.  Such injuries can result in significant medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and uncertainty as to how to proceed.  To reduce this risk as much as possible, state and federal laws exist to help regulate the way trucking companies and their drivers operate in and out of the state. At Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, we understand the complexities of truck accident cases and can help you understand whether you have a case.

Reckless Driving of Commercial Vehicles

Whether a truck driver is driving while texting, driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or even sleep deprivation, truck drivers can cause terrible accidents when they fail to follow the rules.  Though truck drivers undergo training as part of the licensing process as to how to safely operate a commercial vehicle, these rules, policies, and regulations are disregarded at times, with serious consequences for others.

Mechanical Defect/Malfunction

Commercial vehicles must be regularly and thoroughly maintained. Failure to maintain commercial trucks can result in terrible injuries to operators and passengers in other vehicles.  Whether its tire blowouts, loss of steering and hydraulics, overloading, or brake or engine failure, such mechanical failures can result in severe injury or death.  Maintenance logs and records are required for most commercial vehicles and many are not properly or adequately maintained.  Even when properly maintained, under severe stress and heavy loads, equipment failure can occur as a result of design failures.

Employer Negligence/Liability

Commercial trucking companies may be liable for failure to properly hire, vet, and train their employees.  Often times, companies hire the most affordable, but not the most qualified, truckers.  Under the doctrine of Respondeat Superior, trucking companies are typically liable for the negligence of their drivers. In addition, trucking companies may also be liable for failure to properly train their employees.

No-Zone Accidents

Truck drivers are well trained in monitoring their vehicle’s four blind spots, known as “no-zones.”  Serious accidents often result in these areas when drivers do not take adequate precaution to check blind spots before changing lanes or turning.   While such accidents are preventable with proper training, unfortunately, they are extremely common.

Consult with a Trucking Accident Lawyer in Charleston

Our experienced legal team understands the importance of a thorough investigation and development of a legal strategy to help you pursue compensation for your injury, lost wages, emotional harm, and disability following a truck accident.  At Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, we can determine exactly who may be held responsible and help you pursue compensation for your injuries and damages.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you should speak with one of our attorneys today at (843) 720-0810.

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