The town of Lexington is located in central South Carolina and has a population of approximately 10,000 making it the thirty-fifth largest town in the state. Lexington is the county seat of Lexington County. US 1, US 378 and Interstate 20 (I-20) are the main trucking routes running through this town. US 1 travels from west central South Carolina through Summit, Lexington, West Columbia, Columbia, Camden and Patrick and continues north into North Carolina. US 378 runs east to west and travels through McCormick, Saluda, Lexington, West Columbia and Columbia, and then into Conway, where it ends. I-20 is a major east-west highway running from Texas to Florence, South Carolina. I-20 travels through North Augusta, Lexington, Columbia and Bishopville, and then into Florence where it intersects with Interstate 95 and ends. Columbia Metropolitan Airport provides air services to this town.
Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
May 2, 2011 â€“ Intersection of Denny Highway and Hollywood Road
Magali Martinez and her son were killed when their SUV was struck by a tractor-trailer in front of Hollywood Elementary in Saluda, South Carolina. The South Carolina State Patrol said around 7:30 a.m. an 18-wheeler slammed into Martinez’s Pontiac Aztec. Martinez and her six-year-old son, Abner Cibrian, died at the scene. Two other children in the vehicle were airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland where they’re listed in critical condition.
Vigilance: In a blink of an eye, an error in judgment by a truck driver can destroy a family. Truck drivers have a duty to keep a vigilant lookout for stopped traffic and other vehicles in the roadway. If they fail in this duty, the consequences are often devastating. We know all too well the pain and hardship that can be caused for a family by the negligence of a truck driver. Many times it is the trucking company that has failed to train and monitor the driver correctly. You can view our trucking 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.