Charleston is one of the busiest ports on the East Coast; and consequently, there is no shortage of 18 wheeled trucks sharing the highways and secondary roadways with smaller cars, trucks and motorcycles. When tractor trailers collide with smaller vehicles, the results are often catastrophic, involving serious injuries and death. The McKnight Law Firm is ready to assist you and family members when you are wrongfully struck by commercial vehicles.
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.
Federal regulations require trucking companies to carry a minimum of one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) liability insurance on these large commercial vehicles. In addition, there are federal regulations that cover record-keeping requirements related to drivers, vehicle maintenance, hours of driving, log books, and crash data recorder (CDR) information following a collision.
It is important to call the McKnight Law Firm right away after a commercial tractor trailer collision so that we can begin our investigation and request that the trucking company preserve all data, pending the investigation and anticipated litigation. In serious cases, we will employ experts on trucking to evaluate all data recovered, and accident reconstruction experts, when appropriate. When appropriate, our experts download and interpret CDR data, which gives accurate information as to speed, turns, etc.. right before and at the time of impact.
The McKnight Law Firm is experienced in handling commercial truck collisions involving serious injuries or death, from the time of the wreck, through litigation, and trial if necessary, to ensure that you and your family are protected.