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
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and contusions
- Internal organ damage
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.