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Rear-end collisions happen when one driver crashes into the back of a vehicle they are following. These accidents are among the most common collisions in South Carolina, and they can cause serious harm to everyone involved. The injuries can become catastrophic when a large commercial truck is involved in a rear-end collision.
If you have suffered injuries in a rear-end truck collision in Greenville, South Carolina, you need an experienced truck accident attorney to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. The rear-end truck accident lawyers at The Melonakos Law Firm provide compassionate counsel for injured people in Greenville and surrounding areas of South Carolina. When you work with us, you can expect personal attention, frequent communication, and the results that matter.
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In addition to being among the most frequent accidents on South Carolina roads, rear-end collisions are also among the most preventable. Truckers who follow other traffic too closely are among the most common reasons rear-end crashes occur. If the car in front needs to stop because of a sudden road hazard or change in traffic flow, the truck following them will be unable to stop safely if the trucker hasn’t left sufficient space to react.
Additional factors that can contribute to rear-end collisions include:
Two South Carolina statutes often play a role in cases involving rear-end collisions. They are:
(A) The operator of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.
(B) The operator of any truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle when traveling upon a roadway outside of a business or residence district and which is following another truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle shall, whenever conditions permit, leave sufficient space so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy such space without danger, except that this shall not prevent a truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle from overtaking and passing any vehicle or combination of vehicles.
(C) Motor vehicles being operated upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district in a caravan or motorcade whether or not towing other vehicles shall be so operated as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or combination of vehicles so as to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. This provision shall not apply to funeral processions.
(D) This section does not apply to the operator of any nonleading commercial motor vehicle subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and traveling in a series of commercial vehicles using cooperative adaptive cruise control or any other automated driving technology.
Notwithstanding other provisions of any local ordinance, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or any person propelling a human-powered vehicle shall give an audible signal when necessary, and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused, incapacitated or intoxicated person.
While all rear-end accidents have the potential to cause injuries, crashes involving large commercial trucks can be particularly catastrophic. A fully loaded tractor-trailer weighs about 20 times as much as the average passenger vehicle. When a truck crashes into the back of a car, the occupants of the smaller vehicle often experience extreme forces.
Passenger vehicle occupants can suffer severe injuries due to the sudden jolting movements that result from the impact. The delicate structures of the neck and back are particularly prone to injury in rear-end truck collisions. Traumatic crush injuries can result when a truck rear-ends a car at higher speeds. Fuel tanks can burst and ignite, leading to severe burn injuries in particularly violent collisions.
Furthermore, the force of the truck can cause the car to crash into other vehicles, creating a devastating multi-car pileup.
A few examples of some of the most common injuries in rear-end truck collisions include:
Several parties could bear legal responsibility for losses resulting from a rear-end truck collision, including:
Our Greenville rear-end truck accident lawyers are ready to thoroughly investigate the facts and circumstances of the accident to determine all potentially liable parties and all potential sources of insurance coverage.
Depending on your circumstances, you might be eligible to claim compensation for losses such as:
Calculating the value of these losses can be complicated, but our experienced attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the maximum compensation available to you.
You should not have to deal with the complexities of filing an accident claim on your own while recovering from your injuries. Let our lawyers take care of everything for you while you focus on healing.
In addition to investigating your accident and calculating your losses, the attorneys at The Melonakos Law Firm are ready to:
If you have suffered injuries in a rear-end accident with a truck in Greenville, South Carolina, you need help from the experienced truck accident attorneys at The Melonakos Law Firm. Our lawyers are dedicated to giving each client the individualized attention they deserve. We are ready to use our inside knowledge about how the insurance industry works to build a strong case for you.
Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you.