When you’re driving on the highway, you’re probably going to pass a few large commercial trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers, or tractor trailers. In 2016, about there were about 1,871,700 truck driving jobs. These vehicles are needed so companies can transport their goods across the country.
Truck drivers often have to travel far, and some might not use safe driving habits. When a trucker gets in an accident, it can affect many people and cause severe injuries and damages. But many people are deterred from seeking legal action because they don’t believe they’ll be able to get compensation.
While truck accidents can be terrifying, you have people on your side. The Columbia, SC truck accident lawyers from the Solomon Law Group don’t think you should be held accountable for someone else’s mistake. We want to help you get through this difficult time.
What Are Some Common Truck Accident Myths?
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation about truck accidents that give people the wrong idea of how truck wrecks happen and what they can do about it. Some common myths in South Carolina include:
- Only Speeding Causes Truck Accidents. Many other factors that cause car accidents also happen to trucks. Driver fatigue, distracted driving, texting, and not looking when changing lanes or merging all cause truck accidents.
- Truck Accidents Don’t Involve More than Two Vehicles. Trucks can cause crashes with multiple vehicles if there’s a lot of traffic.
- It’s Impossible to Get Damages for a Truck Accident. An experienced truck accident lawyer can help you get compensation for the accident.
- You Don’t Need a Truck Accident Lawyer. The insurance companies are looking out for their own interests, not yours. A truck accident lawyer will represent your best interests.
- Truck Drivers Always Get Enough Rest Before Driving. While there are rules for how much sleep truck drivers should get and how frequently they should take breaks, they might not always listen to these rules. When you’re on the road, you can’t tell if the truck driver just started fresh with a full night’s sleep, or if they’re on hour four of a drive today but they also drove 8 hours the day before.
- You Can Wait a Few Days to Seek Medical Attention. After a crash, you need to get a medical assessment as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter if you feel fine, because the shock of a crash can mask injury symptoms. Waiting can make your injuries worse, and could keep you from getting full compensation for the crash because you waited to get treatment.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in South Carolina, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Call us today at 803-219-8870 and we’ll discuss your case and your options.