Tractor-trailer truck accidents increase
According to recently reported numbers from the National Highway Transportation Safety Division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2012, 25,000 people were killed or injured in large truck accidents. This number has increased year over year.
Charleston, South Carolina is a particularly hazardous area in which to drive due to it being a port city. Tractor trailer rigs transporting hazardous materials, logs, aluminum, steel and other materials manufactured in this region are hauled to and from the Wando Terminal and Charleston Port.
Large trucks can be dangerous
Trucks weighing more than 60,000 pounds simply do not mix well with smaller vehicles and pedestrians. As Charleston has grown from a small port city to an international, cosmopolitan destination, traffic congestion has increased dramatically; and consequently, there have been some tragic deaths and catastrophic injuries due to negligent operation of tractor trailer rigs and other large commercial trucks.
The McKnight Law Firm stands ready to serve individuals and families who have suffered serious injuries or death as the result of truck driving negligence. Truck accidents are more complex in nature due to the rules and regulations pertaining to commercial carriers.
The McKnight Law Firm will immediately investigate the truck accident and make an insurance coverage evaluation. We will assign a Certified Accident Reconstruction expert to review and evaluate most serious truck accident cases where data analysis takes place. We send a “spoliation” letter to all applicable parties, in order to protect the “black box” data, which aids in the truck accident reconstruction. We also seek to preserve all other data associated with the driver, his or her driving logs, and all applicable home office electronic data. An investigation into the driver’s history and records on file with regulatory authorities also takes place at the outset of the McKnight Law Firm’s involvement, if necessary.
Trucking accidents, cases managed the right way
We will do our very best to see the injured person is getting all of the necessary medical services during the pendency of the case, even if the injured person has no health insurance. We want you and your family to focus only on recovery, while we handle all of the insurance, administrative and legal matters. Following an out-of-control, unexpected, catastrophic event, the entire family, co-workers, friends and others are unsettled and concerned. Having a litigation and trial firm with a reputation for excellence and tenacity in litigation and trial, serves the case, but also gives everyone peace of mind that things are being handled the right way by a group of high quality legal professionals who care about you and your family.
Contact us to discuss the specifics of your situation and an evaluation.