Fatal accidents involving large trucks expected to increase

On July 1, federal authorities reported that fatal cargo truck accidents are expected to increase based on 2015 data in which they have recorded 35,200 fatalities, an article of thetrucker.com reported.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 4 percent increase in fatal truck accidents in 2015. Large trucks, or those vehicles that have a minimum gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 lbs, were blamed in 3,903 deaths in 2014. One factor that contributed to the fatality increase was more people driving more miles, since fuel prices dropped and the economy picked up. Jonathan Adkins of the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) described the increase as “alarming.”

The attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC understand how painful it is to lose a loved one in a truck accident. If you were injured as the result of a truck accident, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to hold negligent parties accountable. Learn more about your options from us today by calling (803) 350-9230.


3 bicyclists struck by FedEx truck in SC

Three bicyclists were injured when they were struck by a FedEx truck in Aiken County, News 12 reported on July 15.

Information coming from the South Carolina Highway Patrol revealed that the truck accident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. near Pine Log Road. According to highway officer Judd Jones, the three individuals were riding their bikes on Atomic Road when they were struck by the truck. The victims, whose names were not released, reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries and were all transported to the hospital. Authorities revealed that the truck driver was driving with excessive speed when the collision took place. A charge was filed against the truck driver after it was determined he had been driving recklessly.

Bicyclists are more vulnerable than others to serious injury in the event of a car crash. If you have been injured while riding your bicycle by a reckless or negligent driver, you may seek financial compensation from those responsible. Call the Goings Law Firm, LLC, in Columbia at (803) 350-9230 today to learn more.


Pepsi truck hits school bus in Greenville County

A school bus in Greenville County containing three students recently was struck by a truck owned by Pepsi, an article on wyff4.com reported March 25.

Reports coming from the South Carolina Highway Patrol revealed that the accident happened on State Park Road. Greenville County School District’s Oby Lyles stated that three students were inside the school bus when it was struck by a Pepsi-Cola truck. Though authorities reported that there were injuries, Lyle disputes that claim. The school bus sustained damage in the accident. Police are still investigating the cause of the wreck.

Families are often left devastated when negligent truck drivers cause accidents. If this has happened to you, working with a skilled legal team is important, especially if you will need financial assistance to cover hospitalizations. Find out how the Columbia lawyers of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, may work for you today by calling (803) 350-9230.


Lumber Truck Struck Summerville Woman as She Biked to Work

On Thursday October 9, a lumber truck stuck a Summerville woman as she biked to work. The accident happened at the corner of Berlin G. Myers Parkway and Richland Street, as the victim was crossing Berlin G. Myers Parkway. The truck involved in the accident was from was from Berlin G. Myers Lumber Corp. which is located on North Main St. The victim worked at St. Luke’s Child Development Center and has always biked to work.

At the Goings Law Firm, our deepest sympathies go out to the family in this accident. Unfortunately, truck accidents often have devastating outcomes. Large trucks, such as tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers, fill our nation’s highways, but sharing the road with these vehicles can carry substantial risks for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a truck accident, our lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, believe you shouldn’t have to go through this difficult situation on your own.

The Goings Law Firm, LLC has tried cases throughout South Carolina, and we will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve. Please call Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 for a free case evaluation.


Chameleon Carriers: Trucking Companies Create Major Risks on Roadways

http://norfolk.legalexaminer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/97/2013/11/photo-tractor-trailer-accidents.jpgLarge commercial vehicles, like tractor-trailers, are the largest vehicles traveling on road today. Because trucks are so large, they pose a significant safety concern, as accidents involving tractor-trailers can often be catastrophic. Safety is such a big concern that the government has an entire agency dedicated to monitoring and regulating the safe operation of large commercial vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) gives ratings to trucking companies who operate commercial vehicles, to determine whether they are in compliance with all safety regulations. If a commercial trucking company develops a poor safety rating, the FMCSA could impose penalties and even shut down a company if there are too many violations.

The problem with chameleon carriers

A “chameleon carrier” is a trucking company that re-registers with the U.S. Department of Transportation to avoid liability or problems with their safety ratings. Often times these “new” companies have the same office, same officers, and same drivers, but they are registered under a new name. This makes it easier for a trucking company to employ drivers with poor safety records. If a company has fines, they can simply close down and open under a new name. These are “fly by night” trucking operations that put the lives of people at risk on serious injury and death every day.

A 2012 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates only 2% of new transportation companies were screened to determine if they are a chameleon carrier. The GAO report also reveals that there is an 18% likelihood of a “chameleon carrier” being involved in severe accidents.

These chameleon carriers who slip under the radar could be employing drivers who have a history of drug abuse or other safety issues. In a recent case, it was discovered that one of these chameleon carriers was employing a driver who had a criminal history of marijuana and methamphetamine. The driver admitted to being under the influence of intoxicants at the time that he caused a 2008 accident that killed another truck driver. The owner of the company also admitted to creating a chameleon company in order to avoid regulations.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today!

The problem with chameleon carriers is one of the reasons why it is important to hire an experienced trucking litigation attorney as soon as possible after an accident.  Our Personal Injury Lawyers help prevent injuries and deaths as a result of trucking accidents by seeking damages for the reckless and negligent conduct of other drivers.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, we will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve.  Please call Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 for a free case evaluation.

To learn more about Chameleon Carriers, check out this video below:


Moped Driver Killed in Collision with Tractor-Trailer

On Wednesday June 6, 2014, a tractor-tailor hauling turkeys collided with a man driving a moped, causing the moped driver to be thrown from the moped and killed instantly. The collision happened at the intersection of Belfast Rd. at Silverstreet in Newberry, South Carolina. The accident closed Bellfast Road for several hours while the scene was under investigation.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the young man who was driving the moped. Often when auto accidents happen involving tractor-trailers, there is severe injury and extensive damage. Our Personal Injury Lawyers help prevent injuries as a result of auto accidents by seeking damages for the reckless and negligent conduct of other drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a accident involving a car or truck, we are here to help you. Please contact us today to see if we can help you and your family recover from the harm caused by trucking related accidents. We will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve. Please call Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 or contact us online.


Richland County accident results in one fatality

A two-vehicle accident on Wednesday, April 23 in Richland County resulted in one fatality.

County Coroner, Gary Watts said that Cory Groover, 31, died on Sunday, April 27 after sustaining injuries related to the Wednesday morning accident. Reports said the accident happened around 6:00 a.m. when a dump truck turned over traffic and into Groover’s path.

Columbia Police Department spokesperson, Jennifer Timmons said that the dump truck driver, whose name was withheld, was charged with failing to yield the right-of-way. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash scene.

The attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, offer our condolences to those affected by this tragic collision.

 


South Carolina Logging Truck Accidents

logging truck accident south carolina
The logging business is a big industry in South Carolina. Forests cover two-thirds of the total land area in South Carolina. Timber is South Carolina’s most valued crop.  Statistics from the S.C. Department of Agriculture reveal that South Carolina’s forestry industry generates $17 billion annually to the state’s economy, employing over 90,624 individuals. Everyday log trucks carry tons of lumber and timber wood on South Carolina highways and roads after being harvested.

Unfortunately, South Carolina drivers are at a greater risk of being involving in an accident caused by a logging truck. Many logging truck accidents occur on major South Carolina interstates such as I-20, I-26, I-77, I-85, I-95, or secondary highways such as Highway 1, 21, 176, 301, 321, 178, 378, 521, 601, and other rural roads. A logging company and its truck drivers is required to following different regulations than other trucking companies. Unfortunately, the logging truck industry is not very well regulated.  Many log trucks are poorly maintained, and the drivers are inadequately trained.  Due to the sheer size, weight, and type of load carried by these logging trucks, any accident with these type large trucks can lead to catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death.  If you have been involved in a wreck caused by a log truck, you need the experience of a logging truck accident attorney in South Carolina.

Causes of S.C. Timber Truck Wrecks

Our experience has revealed that many log truck accidents in South Carolina can be avoided if the drivers of these commercial vehicles were more careful and attentive of the road and other drivers. In South Carolina, common causes of logging truck accident include:

  • Improper loading of logging trucks
  • Overweight vehicles
  • Failing to place flags or warning devices at rear of the trailer
  • Driving without truck or trailer lights turned on
  • Bald tires
  • Tire blowouts
  • Lack of reflective tape and warning signs
  • Wide turns
  • Reckless driving
  • Failing to properly train and instruct the truck driver
  • Improper truck maintenance
  • Falling debris
  • Poor and defective roads

Contact a Columbia Log Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured as a result of a logging truck accident, our lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC can pursue recovery for catastrophic loss, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and other costs.  With our help and guidance, you may be able to hold the log company fully responsible for the truck accident.  Call us at (803) 350-9230 today to speak an experienced Columbia Logging Truck Accident Attorney or click here to fill out an online case evaluation form.


Serious Accident Involving Dump Truck in Columbia, SC

Columbia Dump Truck Accident on Percival Road (April 23, 2014)

Columbia Dump Truck Accident on Percival Road

The Columbia Police Department reported a serious trucking accident with injuries at the intersection of Percival Road and Screaming Eagle Road in Columbia, South Carolina that occurred on the morning of Wednesday, April 26, 2014. Investigators said the dump truck appeared to have turned left in front of an oncoming vehicle. The driver of that vehicle hit by the dump truck was transported to a local hospital in Columbia. The condition of the driver is unknown at the time, but we understand that injuries can be particularly devastating from a truck accidents due to the size and weight of these large trucks. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the victim and the family. The Columbia Police Department charged the dump truck driver with violating traffic laws.

Truck accidents, whether caused by large semis or dump trucks, can result in serious and deadly injuries. If you have been injured as a result of a truck accident, our lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, believe you shouldn’t have to go through this difficult situation on your own. With our help and guidance, you may be able to better hold the party responsible for the truck accident that harmed you or your loved one and get the justice you need. Call us at (803) 350-9230 today to speak with a dedicated legal professional about your case and learn more about what we can do for you.


Eighteen Wheeler Truck Accident Statistics

Eighteen Wheeler Truck Accident Statistics

Eighteen Wheeler Truck Accident Statistics

Eighteen Wheeler Truck Accident Statistics
By: Robert F. Goings

In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its 2012 Annual Report which includes data regarding the number of people injured or killed in accidents involving large trucks. The NHTSA defines large trucks as vehicles with a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds. These large trucks are also called semi trucks, 18-wheelers, or tractor trailers.

According to the report, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2012. The report found that 317,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes during 2012.  Large trucks were more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash as opposed to a fatal single-vehicle crash than were passenger vehicles.  In South Carolina, 79 of the 1,163 total vehicles involved in fatal crashes involved large trucks.  A fatality may result in a wrongful death action.

Fatalities in crashes involving large trucks showed a 4 % increase from 3,781 in 2011 to 3,921 in 2012. Of these fatalities in 2012, 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles, 10 percent were nonoccupants, and 18 percent were occupants of large trucks.

Of these people injured in 2012, 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles, 3 percent were nonoccupants, and 24 percent were occupants of large trucks. The 2012 percentages show non-significant change in injuries when compared to 2011.

To view the NHTSA’s 2012 Traffic Safety Facts for Large Trucks published on January, 2014, click below:

2012 Traffic Safety Facts for Large Trucks (NHTSA)

Contact a Truck Accident Attorney in Columbia

With so many deaths and injuries occurring each year from trucking accidents, it’s important to understand your rights as a motorist. If you or a loved one has been involved in an truck or eighteen wheeler accident in Columbia, or anywhere in South Carolina, and you believe the truck driver or company is at fault, you may have important legal rights. You shouldn’t have to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, or property damage due to someone else’s fault. You may also recover damages for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and future medical expenses that you may incur.

Contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC and we will investigate your accident, file a claim on your behalf, and work hard so you get the compensation that you deserve. Call (803) 350-9230 for your free consultation.


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