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Truck Accident Causes

South Carolina Truck Accident Lawsuits

Large commercial trucks are more difficult to handle and require much greater stopping distance than cars and other passenger vehicles. Drivers must be very skilled and alert at all times, and the trucks must be in good operating condition. Driver error is involved in most trucking accidents, but there are often other contributing factors. If you or someone you loved has been injured in a South Carolina truck accident, please call us as soon as possible because the success of your truck accident lawsuit may depend on an immediate investigation.

Common Causes of Greenville Truck Accidents

Truck accidents commonly involve one or more of the following causes:

  • Unrealistic schedules imposed on truck drivers
  • Inexperienced or undertrained truck driver
  • Driver fatigue
  • Speeding or excessive speed for the conditions
  • Intoxication
  • Distracted truck driver
  • Failure to observe height or weight limit signs
  • Unbalanced load
  • Inadequately secured load
  • Overloaded truck
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Poorly maintained truck
  • Defective truck or equipment
  • Defective roadway, including missing or inaccurate height and weight limit signs
  • Recklessness of other drivers

Unrealistic Schedules

The trucking industry is very competitive. Trucking companies will often encourage their drivers to violate trucking regulations, including Hours of Service (HOS) regulations, in order to move more cargo and move it faster. Unrealistic schedules can be the underlying cause for fatigue, excessive speed, improperly loaded trucks, and other truck driver errors which cause accidents.

Truck Malfunction

A truck malfunction can be the result of a defect or poor maintenance. Proper investigation is crucial to determining the cause of the malfunction and who can be held responsible. If the truck or a part was defective the truck manufacturer or seller or the part manufacturer or seller may be held responsible for your injuries.

If the malfunction was the result of inadequate maintenance or failure to repair a truck the trucking company is usually held responsible. If a third party was contracted to maintain and repair the truck, they may be held responsible for your injuries.

To learn more about your legal rights and potential compensation in a South Carolina truck accident lawsuit, please call the Dan Pruitt Injury Law Firm at (864) 280-7660 or contact us online today. We have a proven history of securing substantial compensation for truck accident victims and their families. Do not let the trucking company and its insurance company cheat you out of the money that you need and deserve. Please, call us today before it’s too late.