After an accident occurs or an injury is suffered, you may feel lost and confused. Few people who have suffered an accident or incurred an injury have an extensive background in this area. Without this knowledge, they are left wondering how best to proceed in order to protect their legal rights. Fortunately, we are here to provide you with the answers that you are looking for. Check out our many frequently asked questions and their accompanying answers for more information.
Your accident-related medical bills should be paid from any settlement recovery you receive when your South Carolina accident case settles. Therefore, you should submit your bills to your own health insurance company so that the bills do not go in to collections. If you do not have health insurance, you will need to make payments on the medical bills until the bills are paid from the injury settlement. You should also contact your car insurance company and ask if you have medical payments or Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. If you do, then you should submit the bills to your car insurance company. You do not want your medical bills going to collections! Your Charleston motor vehicle accident lawyer will help you figure out a payment plan with your medical provider that best suits your financial situation.
Subcontractors may also be covered under workers' compensation. If a subcontractor does not carry workers' compensation insurance, the owner or developer above them in the chain of employment may be held liable for workers' compensation to the injured employee, as if they were the direct employer.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is in charge of regulating large commercial trucks and truck companies. Its mission is to ensure that commercial motor vehicles follow safety regulations to make the roads safer in South Carolina and around the country.The role of the FMCSA is to:
- enforce safety regulations;
- target high-risk drivers and carriers;
- improve information systems and technologies;
- strengthen operating standards; and
- increase safety awareness.
Some of the responsibilities of the FMCSA include:
- Data and Analysis - collect and disseminate data concerning carrier safety and resources to improve safety;
- Research and Technology - coordinate research and technological developments to improve safety;
- Commercial Drivers' Licenses - develop standards for testing and licensing of truck drivers;
- Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement - operate safety program to improve performance and eliminate high risk carriers from the nation's roads; and
- Safety Assistance -financially helps states with roadside inspection and other types of safety programs.
These are just some of the responsibilities that the FMCSA has over truck drivers and their companies. While the FMCSA works to make the roads safer, the fact remains that because of the negligence of another, a truck accident in South Carolina can still happen. If you have been seriously injured in a South Carolina truck accident, a South Carolina truck accident lawyer will investigate your case to determine if the truck driver and/or the trucking company may be responsible for your injuries and will help you to fight for the damages that you may be entitled to. Seeking the Help of a South Carolina Truck Accident Attorney The South Carolina personal injury attorney team at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm is available to help accident victims cope with the legal implications of a serious injury. Our firm's focus on personal injury cases includes injury from auto accidents including pedestrian and bicycle injuries, work-related injuries and Workers' Compensation claims, and injuries resulting from dangerous prescription drugs.
Contact a Charleston personal injury attorney for a free information packet and consultation 1-888-690-0211.