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Being hit by a commercial truck can result in catastrophic injuries that cause significant losses and expenses. Unfortunately, the law does not give truck accident victims much time to file claims for benefits. In many cases, the injured party or parties in a truck accident will continue to suffer from the effects of their injuries and the financial impact they cause long after the time to file a truck accident lawsuit has passed.

It can be overwhelming when you consider the actions that must be taken in order to preserve and present a claim for damages following a truck accident. Fortunately, Joye Law Firm can help confused and anxious injury victims and their families understand the claims process and seek fair compensation for their injuries.

Liability in Truck Accident Cases

One factor that differentiates car accident claims from commercial truck accident claims is that in the case of truck accidents there may be a number of potential defendants who may be responsible for the victim’s injuries. This may include the truck driver, the driver’s employer, the company that loaded the trailer, the manufacturer of the truck or trailer (or of a component part), or the individual or company responsible for maintaining the truck in good working order.

State and Federal Laws Set the Standard for Truck Driver Conduct

Another factor that distinguishes commercial trucking accidents from other motor vehicle accidents is the applicability of specific federal and state regulations of the commercial driver’s licensing and conduct. These regulations, for instance, require the driver to pass certain regular physical examinations and maintain certificates that he or she has passed such exams and to maintain accurate logbooks detailing the amount of time the driver has spent on the road driving and how many breaks the driver has taken between shifts.

Violations of these regulations can assist an injured driver or passenger in proving negligence, but obtaining the proof necessary to show that violations have occurred requires quick action in order to preserve the relevant records.

What Damages May I Recover After a Truck Accident?

Any economic or noneconomic losses you suffered that are attributable to a semi-truck accident may be compensated through a truck accident lawsuit. Economic damages include those financial costs and expenses you suffered, such as the cost of medical bills, lost wages due to missed work, and the cost of prescription medications and ongoing treatment.

Noneconomic damages include emotional and psychological injuries you experienced, such as pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and mental pain and anguish. It is important that a South Carolina truck accident attorney carefully review your case to assess the damages you may be entitled to before you accept any settlement.

How Joye Law Firm Can Assist You With a Truck Accident Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has been hit by a truck in Columbia, Charleston, Clinton, Myrtle Beach or elsewhere in South Carolina, contact Joye Law Firm for assistance. We can thoroughly investigate your case and advise you on your legal rights and the ways in which your case may be resolved. We are prepared to stand with you to help you obtain the maximum amount of compensation available for your injuries.

Contact Joye Law Firm today by telephone or through our firm’s website and find out how we can help you during this difficult time.

About the Author

Mark Joye is the Head of the Litigation Department at the Joye Law Firm. A Board-Certified Trial Advocate with nearly 30 years of litigation experience, he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In a recent trial, Joye headed a trial team that secured $17 million for a family killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

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