Trucking Accidents

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Charleston, South Carolina Attorneys Experienced in Trucking Accidents

Actions against Negligent Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies

There are a large number of commercial vehicles on the road. Our state’s major highways are common routes for the trucking industry. In addition to the interstate highway system (I-26, I-95, I-20, I-85, I-77), the larger state highways connecting our major cities (US 15, US 17, US 52, US 78, US 401, US 501, etc.), are thoroughfares for common carriers.

How is a trucking accident different from an automobile accident?

Accidents involving tractor-trailer trucks (often called “big rigs” or “18-wheelers”) are more complex than the typical personal injury action. The large size and weight of these trucks leads to a higher possibility of severe personal injury or death. Reconstructing an accident involving a commercial vehicle is also much more difficult than a typical fender-bender. In addition, the trucking industry is heavily regulated in the United States. There is an entire series of federal requirements – the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations – that truckers and trucking companies must follow.

How are truck drivers and trucking companies regulated?

Truck drivers and the companies they work for must keep significant amounts of records covering the following:

  • Condition and repair of the trucks
  • Size of trucks and weight loads carried
  • Hazardous materials and containers
  • Safety features of the trucks
  • Time spent on the road
  • Physical qualifications of drivers
  • Routes driven by drivers
  • Drug testing of drivers

For these types of cases, you need a law firm of skilled attorneys who are familiar with these regulations and with the trucking industry. Williams & Walsh can investigate the accident, check compliance with government requirements, and work in your overall best interests.