Massive Accident Shuts down both lanes of I-26 for Several Hours

Embedded image permalinkAn early morning accident occurred on Interstate 26 in the eastbound lane of travel located northwest of Columbia, SC. The accident involved over ten vehicles, one of which was a large tanker-truck carrying 8,500 gallons of combustible fuel. The accident caused the truck to spill fuel all over the interstate. The truck and surrounding cars were engulfed by fire. Due to the accident, both lanes of travel were shut down for several hours. This caused major traffic back-up as I-26 serves as a major corridor for people traveling in and out of Columbia. Miraculously, no one was killed in the accident. The highway department is still ruling on the cause of this accident. The accident was so large that it garnered attention of some major news sources: view more stories here.

When an eighteen wheeler or truck accident occurs, it can cause major damage to surrounding vehicles, and it often results in either serious injury or death. When the truck is a tanker truck carrying dangerous chemicals or fuels, the damage can be magnified. While fortunately no one was killed in this accident, if you, a family member, or a friend were injured in this or a similar trucking accident, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today. With trucking accidents involving chemical spills, it is important to consult an experienced trucking accident and auto accident attorney, who can handle the complexities of your case. Please call Robert F. Goings and his experienced staff at the Goings Law Firm, LLC for a free case consultation.


Fatal Truck Accident Closes I-26

On Friday, July 25 a truck accident closed down a portion of I-26 near Orangeburg County. According to S.C. Highway Patrol, the accident happened in the eastbound lane near mile marker 159. The tractor-trailer was carrying hazardous chemicals, which leaked out during the accident, and DEHEC was called-in to clean up the accident.

If you or some one you know has been injured in a trucking related accident, please call the Goings Law Firm, LLC today!

Collisions caused by 18-wheelers, tractor-trailer trucks, and commercial vehicles can cause tremendous personal injury and in some cases even wrongful death. After a trucking accident, it is best to hire an experienced Columbia trucking litigation attorney as quickly as possible. The Goings Law Firm, LLC has the experience and legal know how to represent you or a loved one recover for the damages sustained from a trucking accident. To discuss you case for free, contact a truck accident attorney at the Goings Law Firm, LLC by calling (803) 350-9230 today.


Ambulance and Tractor-trailer Collide in Orangeburg, S.C.

On Tuesday, June 17, a Tractor-trailer collided with an ambulance on Highway 176 in Orangeburg, S.C. The ambulance was carrying two patients who were being transported from a previous accident. The ambulance was in the process of making a U-turn when the accident occurred.

Our prayers go out the drivers, passengers, and families of those involved in this accident. 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.  Truck accidents cause significant injuries, and many times result in wrongful death. Please contact us today to see if we can help you and your family recover from 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 for a free case evaluation.


South Carolina Trucking Accident Lawyers in Columbia

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By: Robert F. Goings

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident it is best that you hire truck accident lawyers who are knowledgeable in the state laws and truck regulations where the accident occurred.  Reckless driving by truckers can lead to serious injuries such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and, sometimes, death.

Many truck accidents occur on interstates in South Carolina, such as I-95, I-26, I-77, and I-85.  Other truck related collision occur on secondary roads and highways.  It is essential if you want to obtain a successful verdict.  You can be sure that the trucking company, sometimes through their insurance company, will have an accident investigation team that will be dispatched immediately to orchestrate a defense against your truck accident injury claims.  The truck accident lawyers at Goings Law Firm, LLC will level the playing field by aggressively pursuing the maximum compensation for you and your family.

Our truck accident attorneys focus on all types of trucking accidents including 18-wheeler, semis, log trucks, and commercial vehicles. We strive to provide the best possible advocacy for every truck accident victim we represent.

Because of a trucks size and weight to a car’s size and weight when you are involved in a crash that involves a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle, the results can be devastating. In addition, filing a lawsuit for a truck accident is more complex than car crash cases because compliance with truck safety regulations and industry standards is an important part of handling semi-truck crash cases.

Don’t put off your defense. If you are unable, have another family member contact our law firm in Columbia to schedule a free consultation today. You need to hire a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident to make sure that evidence is preserved and is not destroyed. Our truck accident lawyers utilize specialists such as an accident reconstructionist who will go to the scene to preserve and document all the evidence. In some cases, physical evidence at the accident scene such as skid marks, yaw marks and scuffs begin to disappear within hours after a truck accident once the police barriers are removed. Weather, and cars and trucks passing along the same stretch of the road will erode evidence. Although there are certain documents relevant to a truck accident case that are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) to be kept for a specific time period, once that time period has expired the trucking company can dispose of them. The sooner you have a truck accident attorney, the sooner he or she will start to collect, preserve, and examine evidence related to your semi-truck crash. Since any individual such as the truck driver, the trucking company, the owner of the trailer, or even the manufacturer of a defective product such as the truck’s tires or brakes, etc. can be held liable for damages, the more evidence your truck accident injury lawyer can access, the better.


Common Questions after a Car Accident – Dealing with the Auto Insurance Company

By: Robert F. Goings

So you’ve been in a car accident – you’re hurt, injured, and your car has sustained significant property damage.  You’re not sure what you should do?  You will be faced with many challenging questions.  Some of those question are…

What do I say to my insurance company?
Do I talk to the other driver’s insurance company?
What do I say to the at-fault driver?
Who will pay my medical bills?
How do I pay back my health insurance company?
What papers should I sign?
Do I have a case? Should I contact an attorney?

Below are tips of what to do after a car accident. Following these suggestions will give you the best chance of protecting your legal rights.  It is very important to protect your legal rights at the beginning because even the smallest, most innocent mistake when dealing with the auto insurance company could jeopardize the compensation that you are may be entitled to receive.

The First Rule: Do Not talk to the other driver’s insurance company.
The Second Rule:  Do Not Give Any Statements to the Insurance Company

Question: Should you give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company?
Answer: No!  Not before talking to an experienced personal injury attorney.

Question: Should you speak to the other driver’s insurance company?
Answer: No!  Not before talking to an experienced personal injury attorney.

Question: Should you give a medical authorization to the other driver’s insurance company?
Answer: No!  Not before talking to an experienced personal injury attorney.

Question: Should you discuss your medical condition with the other driver’s insurance company?
Answer: No!  Not before talking to an experienced personal injury attorney.

Question: Should you try to settle your case or a loved one’s case with the other driver’s insurance company?
Answer: No!  Not before talking to an experienced personal injury attorney.

Question: Should you meet with the other driver’s insurance company?
Answer: No!  Not before talking to an experienced personal injury attorney.

Question: Is there any benefit to dealing with the other driver’s insurance company when someone has been injured?
Answer: No!  Not before talking to an experienced personal injury attorney.

Question: If the accident was caused by a truck, should you deal with the trucking company?
Answer: No!  Not before talking to an experienced personal injury attorney.

How to Handle Your Insurance Company

Your insurance company is responsible for paying you some medical benefits, but oftentimes those benefits are limited. In fact, your own insurance company may want you to give a recorded statement about your accident claim to keep from paying you all the benefits you deserve.

Therefore, we recommend that you always speak with an attorney BEFORE you give a recorded statement to any insurance company, including your own. While your policy may require you to give a recorded statement to your insurance company, you always have the right to speak with an attorney before you give the statement.  You may have rights or insurance benefits available to you such as uninsured motorist (UM) coverage or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage.

Here are a few more things to keep in mind:

Question: Is your own insurance company always on your side?
Answer: No!

Question: Will your insurance company protect you from the other driver’s insurance company?
Answer: No!

If you’ve been hurt in a serious car accident, it’s important to act fast. The sooner you contact our law firm, the sooner we can investigate your claim, preserve evidence, interview witnesses, and help build your case.

Our legal consultations are free and there’s no obligation to use our services. Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC is available at 803-350-9230 to answer your questions. And remember, there’s never a fee unless we get money for you.