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If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a garbage truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Truck collisions are shocking because of the size and impact of the vehicle that struck you. On top of that, you likely have significant injuries that require treatment and mounting medical bills that you may not know how you’ll pay.

You don’t have to handle your injuries or an insurance claim on your own. The Columbia truck accident attorneys of Goings Law Firm, LLC are skilled at helping their clients obtain compensation after garbage truck collisions. At Goings Law Firm, LLC, we make a commitment of hard work and excellence to every client whose case we take on. Having served the Columbia area for many years, our team of personal injury attorneys has the experience to help build your garbage truck accident case.

If you’ve been involved in one of these collisions, you deserve to pursue the compensation you need to cover your costs and losses. Don’t let inexperience with local regulations or a lack of financial means keep you from seeking justice. Call Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation and to discuss your garbage truck accident case with one of our attorneys.

Why You Need a Lawyer

 Garbage truck accidents can be more dangerous than you may think.  Because of their bulky nature, frequent stops, and many moving parts, they pose a threat to nearby vehicles and pedestrians. If you’ve been a victim of a collision with a garbage truck, you’re likely dealing with the devastating repercussions of such a collision, including your injuries, property damage, medical costs, and dealings with insurance companies.

Any of our highly skilled and experienced personal injury attorneys at Goings Law Firm, LLC is more than equipped to help you build your garbage truck accident case. Having operated in the Columbia area for a decade, the lawyers of Goings Law Firm, LLC are well acquainted with the state and local legislation surrounding such accidents.

Our firm is well-established and highly respected in the Columbia area. We have access to a wide network of connections, tried-and-true legal strategies, and a wealth of expert witnesses we can call on to help build your garbage truck accident case.

Our commitment to excellence extends to every one of our clients. Goings Law Firm, LLC handles all communication for each claim or case on behalf of our clients. To help you avoid accidental self-incrimination and to keep your information confidential, our attorneys handle all communication with insurance companies, other parties from the scene of the collision, and anyone else involved as we work on your case.

With Goings Law Firm, LLC, you can rest assured that your garbage truck accident case is in the most qualified hands. Having won numerous personal injury cases and reached millions of dollars in settlements, our attorneys are the best in the area to help you seek compensation in your own garbage truck accident case.

Why Choose Goings Law Firm, LLC?

Our firm has been receiving acclaim for our excellence since our foundation. We received a 10.0 (Superb) rating by Avvo Lawyer Ratings and have been recognized by the South Carolina Association for Justice and the International Society of Barristers. We’ve also been named one of the Best Law Firms of 2020 by the U.S. News and one of the Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Columbia in 2020.

We’ve reached millions of dollars in settlements and have won many trials for victims of truck accidents. Robert F. Goings, our leading personal injury attorney, has been practicing law since 2006 and has been named an “Emerging Legal Leader” by the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Magazine. His dedication to justice and excellence has led to tremendous success for both himself and Goings Law Firm, LLC at large.

Another one of our attorneys, Jessica L. O’Neil Gooding, has been recognized for her hard work and diligence in the realm of personal injury law. Having been inducted into both of the University of South Carolina School of Law’s honor societies, Gooding’s excellence in handling personal injury cases has followed her to Goings Law Firm, LLC, where she’s been practicing since 2016. Her dedication to each client is evident in the high-quality legal care she provides in their vehicle collision cases.

The same hard work that has led to Goings Law Firm, LLC’s national acclaim flavors every case we decide to take on. We are committed to bringing every client high-quality legal care as they pursue compensation.

Part of this commitment is the fact that we operate on a contingency basis. This means that our clients owe us nothing until we have reached a favorable outcome for them. Our fee is subtracted from the overall settlement or award. We believe everyone is entitled to the best legal counsel possible and that the size of your wallet should not have anything to do with having the best attorneys.

Garbage Truck Accident Injuries

In 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported 4,415 deaths and 107,000 injuries as a result of collisions with large trucks.

Frequent injuries that result from accidents involving garbage trucks include:

  • Spinal cord damage
  • Head trauma
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neck trauma
  • Paralysis
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations and contusions
  • Internal organ damage
  • Concussion
  • Whiplash

At Goings Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys will fight for justice in your garbage truck accident case, seeking compensation for your injuries and other losses.

Compensation for Garbage Truck Accidents

The value of your claim will depend upon multiple factors and will be determined based upon your economic and non-economic losses. For economic damages, we will evaluate the cost of your property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and any additional expenses that result from the collision. Non-economic damages are more general “pain and suffering” costs, such as loss of mobility, emotional trauma, or permanent physical limitations you suffer after the accident. Our attorneys are skilled at assessing an appropriate value for your claim that will cover your expenses and help to compensate you for the other losses you endured after the crash.

Liability is another important factor in your claim for compensation. The state of South Carolina uses modified comparative negligence to determine liability. What this means is that the party liable for the victim’s injuries is responsible for their compensation. However, if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident, your compensation could be reduced by the same percentage you were at fault.

For example, if you had $100,000 in damages, but were found to be 20% at fault for the accident, the maximum amount of damages you could recover would be $80,000. Additionally, in South Carolina, if you were found to be more than 50% at fault for the accident, you would be unable to obtain compensation at all.

Another key factor in any truck accident claim is the statute of limitations surrounding such a collision. In the state of South Carolina, the statute of limitations is three years, meaning victims of truck accidents have three years to file a lawsuit based on the accident they were involved in. You should hire an attorney from Goings Law Firm, LLC right away. Three years seems like a long time, but there will be lengthy investigations and settlement negotiations. If you miss the three-year deadline and file your lawsuit late, your case will likely be dismissed. If that happens, you will lose your right to pursue compensation through the court system altogether.


If you still have some questions regarding your garbage truck accident case, you may find the questions and answers below helpful. These are some of the questions we hear most often from our clients.

What if I’m partially at fault?

The state of South Carolina uses modified comparative negligence to determine liability in truck accident cases. If you were partially to blame for the accident, you might still be able to obtain compensation, but any award you receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault. If you were more than 50% at fault, you will not be able to obtain compensation.

How much compensation can I expect to receive?

Compensation varies from case to case. Our attorneys are well-practiced at evaluating your accident, your injuries and medical treatment, your property damage, and the intangibles like pain and suffering in order to come up with an appropriate value for your claim. Generally speaking, the more severe your injuries, the larger your compensation amount will be.

How much does it cost to hire an attorney with Goings Law Firm, LLC?

At Goings Law Firm, LLC, we’re dedicated to bringing clients high-quality legal care, regardless of their financial means. We operate on a contingency fee basis so that everyone can afford our services. Should we decide to take on your garbage truck accident case, you will not owe us anything until we have reached a favorable settlement or won your case. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.

Call Goings Law Firm, LLC Today

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a garbage truck, don’t allow one more day to pass before seeking the justice you deserve. Call Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 today to schedule a free case evaluation and to take the first step toward pursuing compensation.

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“Robert and his team were very personable and attentive to our needs. They worked diligently for four years to ensure that justice was served and that we would come out more victorious than we could imagine. We were truly blessed when we found the Goings Law Firm. Robert’s individual approach, knowledge, and dedication to our case was remarkable and the outcome was a success. He was the best lawyer in the courtroom, hands down. When the going got tough we got Goings and you can’t go wrong with Robert Goings’s law firm!”

“After an accident that resulted in a personal injury which took me over a year to recover, I tried to negotiate with the insurance company to no avail. The first attorney I met with rejected my case. A friend recommended Robert Goings to me. After my first meeting with him I was completely relieved and felt assured that he could help me. Robert kept me informed, worked diligently and finally got the policy limit for the injury I had sustained. Robert is very professional, easy to talk to and an outstanding attorney who provides a quality service to his clients. The members of his staff are very competent, friendly and helpful as well. I would recommend Robert to anyone and also seek his advice again if I am ever in need of legal counsel.”

“When I was needing a Attorney for my case I was given the name of Robert Goings from Columbia, SC… I knew right off that Robert was the Attorney for the case and didn’t waste anytime and he didn’t waste anytime getting started on the case… Robert assured me he would be researching and investigating everything that he needs to make a case and win in court if and when that time comes… Robert was very thorough in everything he needed to complete and make the case strong and showed integrity of all the hearings I attended for my case. He will not leave any cracks in a case and if something didn’t seem right or felt right he would research it till he got the answer he was looking for… My case did take close to two years before it was settled. Robert and his firm did an outstanding job even when things to me wasn’t sounding like it was going our way. It was Justice and Honor of what he brought that won the case over for a very good settlement. If I had to do this over again with no doubt in mind Robert Goings would be my Attorney.”

“My family and I began a relationship with the Goings Law Firm in 2010. Mr. Goings and his staff are one of the most professional law firms I have ever been associated with. My family was treated with respect and kindness by Mr. Goings and his staff. Their work ethics and attention to details were top notch. They took the time to explain the processes and expectations in terms we could understand. I look forward to working with Mr. Goings again in the future.”

“From our initial conversation Robert listened to our predicament with concern. He was able to put us at ease about our situation and gave us reassurance that everything would work out. Robert went to work for us and was able to resolve the issue most expeditiously meeting all of our expectations. I can’t say enough about Robert & the Goings Law Firm. If I am ever in need of an attorney again, Robert will be the first person I call.”

“My experience as a client for Mr. Goings was exceptional. Mr. Goings was the only attorney to reply to my initial inquiry about a workplace injury. My case may have seemed too small or trivial to other firms, however Mr. Goings was willing to listen from day one. From the very beginning, he treated me as if I was a longtime associate or client. He knew every step of the way and always made himself available whenever questions arose. No question for Mr. Goings was beneath him. Throughout the entire process, I was comfortable that he was at the wheel of my case. He truly does care about his clients and it shows in his dedication and professionalism. It is rare to find any business today, operating at the standard, the Robert Going’s Law Firm sets. The bar he and his staff sets is high. If Mr. Goings practices in an area of law specific to your needs, I wouldn’t bother calling anyone else.”

“One of the best I ever worked with, clear from the start, explained all options with risks involved, honest, prompt, and delivered as promised.”

“Robert is a master when it comes to litigation. He has helped my family and me on several occasions, and he always had our best interest at heart and in practice. He has truly done some amazing legal work for us, and we highly recommend him. He is a personable professional, and his astute knowledge of the law is quite impressive.”

“From the moment Robert received my first phone call until the conclusion of the legal matter, there was nothing but exceptional and first-class representation. I did not hesitate a moment or second-guess my decision with Robert representing me. Robert and his staff are professional, courteous, responsive, and effective. Robert is a genuine advocate for his client and delicately balances carrying a sword and a shield for justice.”

“Robert Goings is an excellent civil attorney. Mr. Goings took my mom’s difficult case and was successful in winning a jury verdict in her favor. I would highly recommend Mr. Goings if you are in need of a fierce legal advocate who is both very knowledgeable and compassionate!!”

“Mr. Goings far exceeded any and all expectations I had for a lawyer. He went above and beyond to ensure that I received the best results possible for my case. With me being active duty military, he helped with ensuring scheduling of matters around the military. I think best of all he was how knowledgable he is on how the injury was going to affect my military service. If you’re in need of a personal injury lawyer in South Carolina this is your guy!!”

“I had an awesome experience with Mr. Goings and highly recommend him as lawyer. He was very clear about my case and gave me follow-up reports in a timely manner. My results were better than I expected and I owe it to this awesome lawyer. THANK YOU! If I ever need a lawyer again, I am definitely calling Mr. Goings. My family and I thank you for all your help.”

“Mr. Goings was my first attorney I’ve ever needed. With a fear of not knowing what to do or where to turn Mr. Goings took my case and and made me feel like dear friend I have knew for years. He has a great staff who is there for any help at any time I needed them. Mr. Goings will be the only person I will ever turn to if I need any assistance in the future and I encourage anyone to go to him for anything legal matters. Thank you again Mr. Robert Goings and the Goings Law Firm staff.”

He was very kind and knowledgeable. He gave me status updates in a timely matter. I was VERY pleased.

I highly recommend Robert Goings! He is absolutely incredible!!! I had suffered from a dog bite injury and Robert went above and beyond to have me taken care of. He is extremely personable, I never felt like a “client”. He and his staff treated me as well as my family with genuine kindness. I am blessed to have had him take such great care of me and my case.

Robert and his staff have gone above and beyond, they are absolutely amazing at what they do. I would definitely call his office again if the need should arise.

Mr. Goings was caring and professional during a very difficult time in my life. I was faced with the sudden loss of my mother in a car accident, and Robert took the time to talk to me and check up on me throughout the duration of the case. I applaud his sensitivity and willingness to go the extra mile. I would recommend his firm to anyone that wants the best legal representation in South Carolina!

Goings Law Firm was very helpful and patient with me. Goings Law Firm educated me about the legal side of things and help me understand my case. I would recommend Goings Law Firm to anyone.

After being rear ended in a car accident, I needed help navigating the insurance settlement. Having never needed the services of an attorney, I was very anxious about the whole process. Robert Goings & his staff were excellent to work with; at no point did I question my decision or feel that we would achieve anything less than the best possible settlement. I would never hesitate to recommend him to family, friends or strangers!

Hands down one of the BEST attorneys in the state!! Robert Goings exceeded all of my expectations. He welcomed me and my daughter with open arms and he kept me informed every step of the way. I knew exactly what was going on in my case and I really like that about him. His entire staff was awesome and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney. I guarantee you, you will be very pleased with Mr. Goings. Honestly, he definitely deserves more than 5 stars!!

Mr. Goings welcomed me in as family, he kept in contact with me about my case all the way to the end.. He works very hard to get justice.. Him and his team is very polite and hard workers.. He deserve more then 5 stars if I had to do it all over again he would be the call.. If anyone is looking for a personal injury lawyer he would be the right person to call don’t hesitate to call.. I thank him and his staff so much for everything they have done for me.

Mr. Goings stood up for my Constitutional Rights. He is a not your typical lawyer and you can trust him like a friend. His staff is very friendly, accommodating, and helpful throughout the entire process.

Mr. Goings worked tirelessly to resolve my husband’s case, despite the fact my husband wasn’t always the best client, and we still ended up with the best possible outcome because, in my opinion, we had the best attorney. Robert Goings is a professional, caring, experienced attorney with an amazing paralegal, Katie, and a wonderful support staff. If you need legal representation, The Goings Law Firm is the only call you need to make.

Robert Goings was my lawyer when I was in a terrible car accident caused by a drunk driver. I would not be where I am today without Robert and his staff. He worked very hard for me and was with me from the beginning to the end. He stuck to his word and got me the compensation that I deserved. I really appreciate what Robert and his office has done for me.

Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for Robert Goings, and his amazingly talented team at Goings Law Firm, LLC. Mr. Goings was always genuinely concerned about my health, and overall well-being, was instrumental in recommending the best medical treatment plan for my injury, and most importantly, he treated me as if I were family. Mr. Goings was extremely attentive to every detail regarding my case, and he executed professional results and recovery, well beyond my greatest expectation.

It has been a great experience having you represent my family as Our Attorney. I have learned a lot, and have come to understand the importance of good counsel. You and your team are the best. You guys are officially our family Law Firm. Thanks Robert.

The Goings Law Firm went above and beyond assisting me after a serious auto accident. Robert Goings and Katie Gould were thorough and kind explaining every step of the process to me, sometimes more than once. Robert was persistent and professional making sure that we received the highest allowable compensation from all parties. I could not have been more pleased with the overall outcome.

When I looked for an attorney for my bad car accident, I read the reviews for the Goings Law Firm. This firm had great reviews so I contacted them. Thankfully, Mr. Goings took my case and fully explained the process to me and he took the worry out of my mind. Before hiring him, I tried to settle my case with the insurance company on my own, but I was low balled- Mr. Goings and his office got me a lot more than I ever imagined. A big thanks to his office!

Mr. Goings is an outstanding attorney. Dealing with a personal injury case can be frustrating and quite stressful. Mr. Goings and his office took care of my case with the upmost compassion and professionalism. They treated me like family. Mr. Goings is hard-working and determined to fight for his clients’ rights. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.

After representing me after I fell down the stairs at work and injured my back, I would recommend the Goings Law Firm to handle any personal injury matter. Robert and Jessica made me feel like my case mattered to them and that my goals were their goals. They were tireless advocates for me yet they were also willing to be upfront and honest in their assessments of my options going forward. I never felt pressured to choose one course of action over the other. They treated my case like their own.

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