Drivers who get into a truck accident in South Carolina are eligible to receive compensation based on a variety of factors, including how much of the accident was their fault and how much damage they suffered. If a driver incurred more losses due to the collision, they will be able to request more compensation from the negligent party.
There are a few rules which also help regulate how much compensation a person is allowed to get at the end of the day. First of all, since the damages of a truck accident can be so severe, the Federal government has put forward laws which compel truck owners to have a significantly large amount of insurance so they will be able to cover the costs in the case an accident actually does end up taking place.
There are also tort laws which enable drivers to claim for the wrongful death of a loved one or to claim for personal injuries as well.
Am I only eligible to recover financial damages?
After an event as traumatic as a truck accident a person not only suffers from injuries, and property damage but they often also suffer from a lot of psychological distress, the pain of losing a loved one, and trauma in general. The good news is that a person is actually entitled to receive compensation for both their financial losses and nontangible losses as well.
When it comes to recovering economic losses, it is fairly easy to collect the evidence and prove that a person needs a specific amount of money to pay their accumulated bills. However, intangible losses are not so clear-cut when it comes to deciding the exact quantity a person should request.
When it comes to deciding how much a person will receive for loss of a loved one, for instance, many factors will be taken into consideration, such as how much of a role the deceased played in their life and how much they used to contribute to the family finances.
A truck accident lawyer is the ideal professional to contact in order to determine the rights a person has after an accident and in order to determine how much compensation they are actually eligible to receive based on both their economic and noneconomic damages. In order to get compensated, a person will generally be required to prove that the truck driver or a third party was responsible for the collision. This is not very difficult to do as there any many specific and detailed rulings which truck drivers and their companies respectively have to follow.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set laws which regulate a variety of factors including:
- The maximum number of hours a truck driver can be on the road at a time
- The intensive training required to become a truck driver
- The rulings of how much cargo can be loaded at a time
If a truck driver has violated any of these rulings, they can easily be held accountable for their actions. A legal professional can assist a person with the procedure to ensure it goes by as smoothly and quickly as possible.