Truck Accident Attorney in South Carolina
On roads, highways, and interstates around Charleston and throughout South Carolina, you can expect to encounter an abundance of both large and mid-size commercial trucks during your travels. While we depend on these drivers to provide us with a variety of goods and services, motorists are at a distinct disadvantage when trucking accidents occur. If you’ve been injured, contact an experienced South Carolina truck accident attorney today.
South Carolina has seen a rash of truck accidents over the past several months, the latest of which occurred on I-26. A February 2017 ABC 4 news report stated an accident involving an Isuzu box truck left one motorist dead and a trail of debris stretching from the interstate to the adjoining frontage road. While authorities were uncertain of the cause of this particular accident, highway safety experts claim that in many cases, distracted driving is to blame.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Accidents
The latest available statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicate that nearly 4,000 people are killed each year as the result of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) accidents. In the majority of cases, fatalities involved motorists rather than truck drivers.
Trucks are as much as 20 to 30 times heavier than passenger vehicles, leaving motorists vulnerable when crashes and collision occur. In fatal truck crashes, 69 percent of fatalities involve occupants of cars and passenger vehicles, while CMV drivers make up 16 percent. The remaining 15 percent involve others, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Other pertinent facts about CMV truck accidents include:
- Less than one fifth of fatal CMV accidents involve the truck driver alone. In 84 percent of cases, one or more motor vehicles are involved.
- Whereas car accidents are more likely to occur during weekends, truck accidents occur more commonly during the week.
- Truck accidents can occur anywhere, but they are twice as likely to happen on major roads and arteries than they are interstates or freeways.
Factors that contribute to trucking accidents include demanding schedules, lack of proper vehicle maintenance, and improper loads, as well as reckless behaviors on the part of the truck driver.
Common Types Of Distractions CMV Drivers Face
Studies conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicate that nearly two third of all trucking accidents are the result of distracted driving on the part of the truck driver. While CMV drivers face the same types of distractions as other motorists, such as cellphones, texting, or changing car stereo and GPS settings, there are things that take their attention away from the task of driving that are unique to their profession. Some of the common distractions truck drivers face include:
- Shifting cargo and other noises from inside or outside the truck
- Communications with dispatchers
- Reading printed maps and shipping instructions
- Eating or drinking behind the wheel rather than stopping for breaks in order to stay on track with schedules
Contact An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
If you or someone you care about has been involved in an accident with a commercial motor vehicle, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina truck accident attorneys can advise you on how to hold negligent truck drivers and trucking companies responsible for the injuries you suffer to help you get the compensation you deserve.