When the driver of an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer rolls through a red light or a stop sign, the outcome can be devastating – if not deadly – for anyone unfortunate enough to be in the truck’s path.
Despite being responsible for such a potentially dangerous vehicle, many truck drivers still fail to obey traffic signals and signs like they are legally required to.
The causes can include inattention, fatigue, speeding or pressure to make a delivery on time.
Injured by a Truck’s Failure to Stop? Call Our Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyers Today
At Joye Law Firm, we work to hold truck drivers and their employers responsible when they fail to stop at a traffic light, stop sign or crosswalk. If you’ve been seriously injured in a tractor-trailer accident, call Joye Law Firm and get our South Carolina truck accident attoneys fighting for you. You can reach us at 877-936-9707 or fill out an online form for a free case review.
Joye Law Firm has offices in Myrtle Beach, Clinton and Charleston, and our tractor-trailer accident attorneys are ready to handle your case anywhere in South Carolina. We represent clients all over our state, including Florence, Richland County, Orangeburg, Columbia, Horry County (including Conway and North Myrtle Beach), North Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Summerville.
Joye Law Firm’s attorneys have more than 150 cumulative years of litigation experience, and our firm has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ranking, AV. Several of our attorneys have been recognized as Super Lawyers.
Our results for previous clients include a $4.375 million settlement for a man who received facial and head injuries in a tractor-trailer wreck; two $3.86 million settlements for the families of two men killed in a truck accident; a $1.025 million settlement for a man severely injured in a collision with a big rig; and a $975,000 settlement for a man who injured his back in a truck crash.
While every case is different, and past results are in no way intended to guarantee that a similar result can be obtained in another case, past results obtained by a law firm are an indication of the firm’s experience when it comes to serious injury and wrongful death cases. For more details about the results obtained for previous Joye Law Firm clients, please click on the Results tab on our home page.
Many Factors Can Cause a Failure-To-Yield SC Truck Accident
Driving a tractor-trailer requires extra skill and patience compared to driving a passenger car or pickup truck. However, too many truck drivers fail to exercise the necessary caution when behind the wheel.
While running a red light or rolling through a stop sign might seem like a minor traffic infraction, it can have very serious repercussions when an innocent motorist, cyclist or pedestrian is in the path of the tractor-trailer.
In some instances, a truck driver fails to stop at a red light, stop sign or crosswalk due to inattention. Sometimes that inattention is caused by truck driver fatigue – the driver could even have momentarily lapsed into sleep. Or, the truck driver could have been distracted by something in the cab of the truck, such as a cell phone, a computer or a stereo.
Drowsiness caused by the truck driver’s use of legal medications could also be to blame.
In some scenarios, the truck driver might have intentionally failed to yield the right-of-way because he or she was trying to make better time due to pressure from the trucking company or shipper to deliver cargo on time. This is typically considered a form of reckless driving.
Our attorneys at Joye Law Firm can investigate the accident and sort through all of the facts to determine why it happened and who should be held responsible. If the driver had a history of failure-to-yield infractions or if company policy encouraged law breaking to make speedy deliveries, the trucking company could be on the hook for punitive damages.
Contact Our Myrtle Beach Truck Accident Lawyers Today
If a truck driver’s failure to yield was to blame for your serious injuries in a South Carolina truck accident, you can rely on our attorneys to work to get you the money and benefits you deserve. Call Joye Law Firm at 877-941-1019 or fill out our free online case evaluation form.