South Carolina’s economy depends on the movement of goods. Many of those goods are dependent on the use of semi-trucks for purposes of transportation. As trucks and 18-wheelers populate South Carolina’s roads, it is important to recognize the risk of accidents involving trucks.
Across the United States, trucking is regulated by the federal government. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) publishes and helps enforce the national laws governing trucking. In addition to the FMCSA, states are allowed to create additional requirements governing the intrastate transportation of goods. In South Carolina, the legislature works with the Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Public Safety to help regulate and enforce its various trucking laws. As a result, truck drivers and trucking companies are required to follow strict state and federal guidelines. Failure to abide by those rules can result in federal and/or state penalties.
The increased presence of trucks on South Carolina’s highways has resulted in an increase of traffic fatalities. In fact, recent statistics compiled by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety point to an increase in truck-related traffic fatalities.
Drivers should be aware of the ways in which trucks can cause accidents. Some of the common types of accidents involving trucks include:
Many truck accident would not happen if drivers used the necessary standard of care when operating their truck. When crashes do occur, it is often the result of the truck driver’s negligence. Truck accidents are commonly caused by the following:
If you are involved in a trucking-related accident, you should be sure to do the following things:
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