The city of Charleston is located in southeast South Carolina and has a population of approximately 124,000 making it the second largest city in South Carolina. Charleston is home to the Art Institute of Charleston, Charleston School of Law, Charleston Southern University, The Citadel, College of Charleston, Medical University of South Caroline, Trident Technical College and Troy University. The main trucking route that runs into Charleston is Interstate 26 (I-26). I-26 runs southeast from Tennessee through Columbia, Orangeburg, Summerville, and North Charleston into Charleston where it ends. The other trucking route running through Charleston is US 17. US 17 is a north-south highway traveling from Virginia to Florida. In South Carolina, US 17 travels through Myrtle Beach, Georgetown, McClellanville and Charleston. Charleston International Airport provides air services to the city of Charleston.
Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
May 5, 2011 â€“ Sunflower Lane
John Shirey, 40, from Columbia died when his farm tractor collided with a log truck on Lodge Highway in Colleton County, South Carolina. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Shirey tried to make a left turn onto Sunflower Lane when the driver of a tractor-trailer loaded with logs tried to pass on a double-yellow line and crashed into his tractor. The identity of the tractor-trailer driver has not been released.
Illegal Passing: Truck drivers must maintain a safe speed and should not be passing other vehicles on two-lane roadways. Because of the size and velocity of a tractor-trailer, the truck driver does not have the time to maneuver his vehicle out of the path of oncoming traffic and to avoid potential hazards. As a result, truck drivers should not be passing slower vehicles, especially illegally. We have handled numerous tractor-trailer and commercial vehicle accidents. You can see our case results by clicking here.
South Carolina Law
Interstate trucking companies are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (â€śFMCSRâ€ť), including trucking operations, driver qualifications, hours of service, maintenance of equipment, insurance, and alcohol and drug testing. South Carolina also has state specific regulations governing intrastate trucking companies. Intrastate trucking companies pick up and deliver loads only in the State of South Carolina and do not cross state lines. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is responsible for motor carrier safety and has adopted many of the federal regulations as also being applicable to intrastate trucking companies. Under South Carolina law, intrastate trucking companies must have liability coverage for personal injuries in the amount of $750,000 ($300,000 if the gross vehicle weight is less than 10,000 lbs.). The laws governing hours of service are different for intrastate drivers in South Carolina as compared to federal laws governing interstate drivers.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a trucking accident, you should contact a trucking attorney at Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC as soon as possible to make sure that evidence is preserved and not destroyed by the trucking company. You can contact us by calling 877-591-1801 or clicking here to email us.