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If you have been in a truck-related accident in South Carolina and would like to file a lawsuit against a person or company, then you should contact a South Carolina truck accident lawyer. If you have been injured, or sustained damages, in such an accident, a South Carolina truck accident attorney can help you to get the compensation to which you are entitled.

Across the country, someone is killed or injured in a truck accident every 16 minutes. According to statistics, there were nearly 600 truck related fatalities on the roads of South Carolina between 1996 and 2000. These figures still remain high, and the size and weight of these trucks makes them far more likely to cause serious injury and damage to those involved in the accident. Individuals are awarded millions of dollars each year because of injuries and damages sustained in truck related accidents, and with the help of a South Carolina truck accident lawyer, you could also receive compensation for your injuries.

Aside from their massive size, there are a few other dangers associated with large trucks co-existing on roadways. No-Zones, squeeze play, stopping distance and "off-track" are things that can cause significant danger on the road. No-Zones are blind spots that are located around the front, back and sides of the truck. When a car is within the No-Zone, the truck driver is typically unable to see it. A "squeeze play" is a name used to describe a truck driver\'s need to swing right or left in order to maneuver a turn. When a turn is in progress, the trucker driver is unable to see cars directly behind or besides them. A car driving between a truck and a curb are liable to be caught in a "squeeze" that could result in a serious accident. Stopping distance is important because big trucks need a greater stopping distance than regular sized vehicles. If there is not enough space between a car and truck, the car may be in danger of being involved in a rear-ending accident. "Off-track" occurs when a truck makes a turn at high speeds and jumps into the next lane unexpectedly. This can result in the truck not having enough room between the car and itself to maneuver a proper abrupt stop, if necessary.

You should also seek assistance from a South Carolina truck accident attorney if you have lost a loved one as the result of a truck-related accident that was not their fault. State regulations can vary with regards to which family members are eligible to make a claim, but a South Carolina truck accident attorney can check all of those details for you.

Whether you are claiming for personal injuries to yourself, or for the wrongful death of a loved one, you must also ensure that your claim is made as early as possible, as statutes of limitation in South Carolina may otherwise restrict you from making a claim. Again, a South Carolina truck accident lawyer will be familiar with these and other statutes in operation in South Carolina, and can ensure that all eligibility requirements are met in order to help your claim run smoothly.

With so many possible people and entities that can be sued in a truck accident case, it is to your advantage to consult with an experienced lawyer, who will be able to determine who the best party to sue would be, and how to get you the maximum damages.

A thorough investigation of the truck accident must be performed immediately and accurately to establish the fault of another party. An examination of the scene, the vehicles involved and taking statements from witnesses of the accident will be key. Nothing from the scene of the accident should be altered. Because trucking companies will send their own investigators to assess the scene, it is vitally important to hire a lawyer who will get the ball rolling on the investigation to establish liability and damage.

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