Our South Carolina Truck Accident Lawyers Handle All Types of Crashes
If you are injured in a truck accident we are on your side
While there are many different types of truck accidents, one thing is certain: in a collision at highway speeds between a 70,000 pound tractor-trailer and a 4,000 thousand pound passenger vehicle or motorcycle the smaller vehicle always loses. We understand, too, that because South Carolina is crisscrossed by several Interstate highways, numerous state and county highways, and a network of local roads – most of which carry heavy truck traffic through major cities like Columbia – there is a fair likelihood of accidents between trucks and passenger vehicles. Our skilled auto accident attorneys are ready to answer the call when you need us.
Types of truck accident cases we handle
The South Carolina truck accident lawyers at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, have years of experience handling a wide range of accidents. Some of the most common types with which we deal include:
- Fatal truck accidents. A family member killed in a trucking accident is often the major contributor of financial support, emotional strength and other intangible contributions to the home. Without that person, the rest of the family faces great financial uncertainly, and may struggle to pay their mortgage, household bills, car loans and other living expenses.
- Jackknife truck accidents. The sheer size and weight of a tractor-trailer requires the driver to exercise caution and allow enough time and room on the road to brake. If a cab pulling a trailer does not have enough room or time to brake, the trailer may continue its forward momentum, even after the cab has slowed or stopped. The result is called a jackknife accident, one in which the trailer spins around into other lanes of traffic and folds in on the truck cab.
- Underride and override collisions. An underride accident occurs when a smaller vehicle hits the back or side of the tractor-trailer and becomes trapped or lodged beneath the truck, or has its top crushed or ripped off. An override collision occurs when the front of a truck cab runs over a smaller vehicle, often resulting in its occupant’s death. The sheer weight and size of the trucks involved in underride or override collisions increases the danger of catastrophic injury and death exponentially.
- Wide turn truck accidents. Tractor-trailers, because of their length, take up a great deal of space on the road and have huge blind spots. When turning, the truck driver may have to swing wide into other lanes of traffic and may not be aware of other vehicles close behind. This can cause a fatal underride or other collision.
- Defective truck brake accidents. When trucking companies overload a truck and have failed to properly maintain its brakes, catastrophic accidents can occur. Brake failure at highway speeds can lead to horrific injury, devastation and death.
- Highway truck accidents. These are among the most destructive truck accidents we deal with at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC. Whether your accident occurred on the Interstate or on a state, county or local road, our no-nonsense, results-driven South Carolina truck accident lawyers can help you fight for justice.
There are also many other causes of truck accidents, and speeding, fatigued and distracted truck drivers are often among them. But even if two accidents seem similar, each one can present unique challenges for someone who is injured.
Put your trust in the South Carolina law firm that puts people first
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, are dedicated, driven and committed to delivering results. Your truck accident case matters to us. If you suffered an injury, or a loved one died because of a truck company or its driver’s negligence, let us help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, today. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced South Carolina truck accident attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device. We proudly serve people throughout the state from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.