HELP FOR SOUTH CAROLINA DRIVERS INJURED BY A DRUNK TRUCK DRIVER
SKILLED TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS AND YOUR FUTURE
Big rigs, 18-wheelers, semis: whatever you call them, you know a commercial truck when you see it on the road. Few jobs require more skill and attentiveness than driving a commercial truck for a living. When the person behind the wheel of that truck has had too much to drink, or is under the influence of drugs, you risk being seriously, permanently injured in a collision.
The South Carolina truck accident attorneys of McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, have represented families throughout the state when a drunken truck driver caused an accident that cost them nearly everything. We know that you have questions, and that the process can be frightening, confusing and even frustrating. That’s what we’re here for. We tackle the legal complexities of truck crash cases, offer you our undivided attention in your time of need, and help to secure a better and brighter future for your family. When you’re hurt, you’re not alone. We can help.
WHAT THE LAW SAYS
South Carolina has a zero-tolerance policy for drug impaired drivers, regardless of what kind of vehicle they drive. To be given a DUI as a passenger driver, you must have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08; for commercial truck drivers, it is a .04 BAC.
THE DANGERS OF DRUNK DRIVING
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “The probability of a fatal crash rises significantly after 0.05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and even more rapidly after 0.08 percent,” which is one of the reasons commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders have a lower allowable threshold for BAC than other vehicle drivers: it is simply too hard to stop short or avoid an accident with a truck that weighs 50,000lbs.
It also takes far fewer drinks to reach a .04BAC than many drivers assume. Two 12oz beers in the course of an hour can bring a 200lb man’s BAC to a.03, according to one BAC calculator. Two pint-sized glasses can bring him up to a .04 BAC. At either point, a truck driver’s fine motor skills are likely to be affected, even under the best of circumstances. If that driver is hungry or tired, the effects are likely to be accelerated.
COLLECTING COMPENSATION FROM COLLISIONS WITH DRUNK TRUCK DRIVERS
If you are injured in an accident with a drunk or drug-impaired commercial truck driver, you do have options for collecting compensation. A South Carolina truck accident attorney from McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, will examine the evidence in your case to determine who is responsible, and then hold the guilty party accountable. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, the truck driver, the driver’s company or the bar who served him or her may all be accountable for your injuries.
Once we have documented the evidence of your injuries and established the strongest case for liability, we will fight to help you obtain compensation for:
- Your medical expenses, including necessary rehabilitation, prescription medication, surgical procedures, specialists visits and assistive technologies, such as prosthetics
- Your lost wages, including the lost income of your caretaker (if applicable) as well as any potential future wages you would have earned if the big rig accident had not happened
- Property damage, including damage to your car
- Funeral expenses on behalf of clients whose loved ones died as a result of the truck crash
- Pain and suffering, including your spouse’s loss of consortium (if applicable)
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, is the South Carolina law firm your friends and neighbors have trusted for years. We treat you like a person, not a case number, and ensure that your goals are understood and your needs are met. We handle your insurance company and work to ensure that you have a rental car to get to work if you still can. You’re in good, strong, reliable hands when you’re with us.
OFFERING HOPE TO SOUTH CAROLINA FAMILIES AFTER A LOVED ONE IS INJURED OR KILLED BY AN INTOXICATED COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVER
Dealing with the aftermath of a commercial truck accident is hard; choosing the right lawyer shouldn’t be. McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC has worked hard to build its reputation for aggressive representation on behalf of the injured all over the state. Please contact us or call 803-327-7800 to set up your free consultation with an experience South Carolina truck accident lawyer. Let us worry about the lawsuit so you can focus on healing.