When Truck Accidents Lead to Deaths, Our Lawyers Seek Justice for Victims and Families
Dedicated South Carolina truck accident attorneys help you through your darkest hours
There are a lot of trucks traveling the roadways in South Carolina because it is the confluence of a number of major high-speed Interstate and State highways. This means your chances of being involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer are higher than elsewhere. When you lose a loved one in a truck accident your family may face great financial uncertainly, struggling to keep a roof over their heads, pay household bills and car loans, or provide other necessities of life. Besides loss of future income, a surviving spouse and children can suffer serious emotional distress from loss of companionship and loss of the marital relationship.
Money can never fully compensate anyone for such a loss. However, the law provides for families to collect monetary damages when a motor vehicle fatality is the result of a truck company’s or its driver’s negligence. Trust the South Carolina truck accident attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC to be at your side with moral and legal support at the time you need it most.
What are the leading causes of fatal truck accidents in South Carolina?
In 2010 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that there were 810 highway fatalities in South Carolina, of which 283 (35%) involved a truck of some kind, and in which 7 (2.5%) involved a heavy truck – one greater than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW).
The leading causes of driver error include:
- Aggressive driving
- Reckless driving
- Driving while drunk
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving while impaired by illegal drugs or legal medications
- Distracted driving, such as texting while moving
- Driving without proper lighting
- Driving with worn brakes
- Driving with worn tires
- Failure to drive appropriately for weather and road conditions
How are fatal truck accident litigated?
We know that the truck driver’s employer and its insurance company will try to shift the blame from the driver to others; therefore it’s necessary that all tangible evidence be preserved. The experienced legal team of South Carolina truck accident lawyers at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, begin by conducting an immediate, independent investigation into the cause of the accident as a wrongful death, and demand that the trucking company preserve all evidence of the accident, including the truck itself, its maintenance history, and the driver’s log books and employment record. You deserve answers, and we make every effort to obtain them for you. We may be able to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement, but if a satisfactory settlement can’t be reached our experienced litigators may need to prove damages in a court of law at trial.
What compensation is available after fatal truck accidents?
There are two forms of financial compensation for loss after a fatal trucking accident: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include the following:
- Payment or reimbursement of the deceased’s medical bills (if any)
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages, income and benefits from the deceased’s employment
Non-economic damages may also be awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit, although South Carolina law limits the total amount that families may collect. Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death
- Pain and suffering of relatives of the deceased
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of the marital relationship
Every case differs depending on the specific facts and details of the accident. For more information about financial compensation, please view our past settlements and verdicts.
Put your trust in the South Carolina law firm that puts people first
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC’s team of hard-working, no-nonsense South Carolina truck accident lawyers has extensive experience advocating for families who have suffered the loss of a loved one because of negligence by a trucking company or its driver. We are dedicated, driven and committed to delivering results. 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 by 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.