Charleston Car Accident Attorneys
Car Accidents in South Carolina
Every day, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents. If you or someone you love was involved in a devastating car crash, it can be difficult to know what to do next or how to begin the healing process. The good news is that you do not have to do it alone.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our Charleston car accident attorneys represent people throughout South Carolina who have had their lives forever changed by the negligence of others. We understand that you are going through an extremely challenging time in your life, and we want to help. Our aggressive approach to litigation has helped us recover more than $500 million in compensation for our clients, and our compassionate legal guidance has earned us the respect of our peers and the communities we serve. When it comes to your car accident case, we know the law, and we know how to fight for every penny you are owed.
Call our office at (304) 802-2115 or contact us online to request a free, no-obligation consultation.
Who Pays for Damages After a Car Accident?
Even a seemingly minor car accident can have a major impact. Victims are often left to deal with life-changing injuries, mounting medical bills, and other unexpected physical, emotional, and financial hardships. When someone else is responsible for the crash that caused your injuries, you do not have to face these difficulties on your own.
South Carolina follows an at-fault system when it comes to auto insurance and accident claims. This means that, in most cases, you can bring a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company (or a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party) if you can prove that they were responsible for the crash.
The other driver may be liable for the accident if they were:
- Texting or using a cellphone while driving
- Driving while distracted (by a cellphone or otherwise)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Disobeying a traffic control device, such as a signal or stop sign
- Speeding or driving too fast for current conditions
- Driving aggressively or recklessly
- Engaging in road rage behaviors, such as tailgating
- Violating traffic laws or general rules of the road
- Behaving carelessly or negligently in some way
While negligent motorists are the leading cause of car accidents, other factors could be at play. For example, some accidents occur or have worse effects because of an auto defect, such as a defectively designed vehicle or a faulty safety component. In other cases, poor roadway maintenance indirectly leads to a collision.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we carefully investigate claims to determine the exact cause of an accident. This, in turn, allows us to identify the liable party, or the party responsible for paying your accident-related damages. Depending on the specifics of your case, your damages may include things like medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, lost employment benefits, loss of future income and earning ability, pain and suffering, and more.
When to Report a Car Accident in South Carolina
In South Carolina, you must report any car accident that results in:
- Bodily injury
- Property damage of $1,000 or more
You can report such accidents to law enforcement, or you must file a Traffic Collision Report with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 15 days.
It is strongly recommended that you call 911 or contact the police using the non-emergency line after any serious car accident, especially if someone has been injured. Be honest with the police about what happened, but avoid making any statements that could be construed as admitting fault. Remember, only a thorough investigation into the accident will uncover exactly what happened and who is responsible.
If you can, obtain a copy of the police report. If you need help with this, our team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm can assist you in collecting a copy of the police report, as well as all other pertinent information and evidence regarding the crash. Reach out to our Charleston car accident attorneys today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
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The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim in court. Note that this is different than filing an insurance claim; in most cases, you have much less time to file an insurance claim—often a matter of several days to a couple of weeks at most.
The statute of limitations on car accident lawsuits in South Carolina is three years from the date of the accident. If you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit after a fatal accident, you have three years from the date of death to bring your claim. In any case, there are very few exceptions. If you miss the three-year filing deadline, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case, and you will be ineligible to recover compensation for your accident-related damages.
We encourage you to get in touch with our firm as soon as possible after the accident. While three years may seem like a long time, the truth is that the sooner we can begin building your case, the better. We are ready to meet with you right away to learn more about your situation and discuss the facts of your case. From there, we can immediately begin investigating your accident, gathering important evidence, and communicating with the insurance company on your behalf.
Mike Slocumb Law Firm is ready to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. Our Charleston car accident attorneys have extensive experience aggressively advocating for the rights of accident victims and their loved ones. We do not collect any attorney fees unless we win your case.
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