When you look at a car that has been in a crash, you might wonder how they made it out of there alive. These crashes can be so scary and result in such severe injuries that could potentially affect the person for the rest of their life. When you have been hurt this badly, you deserve compensation.
The most common injuries that we see in car accidents include:
If you want your case to be successful, you need to know that immediate medical care is the top priority. You have to see a doctor as soon as you possibly can in order to receive treatment. When you are there, be sure to express every concern and point out everything that is in pain. They will be able to take extensive notes about your injuries and prescribe what needs to be prescribed so that you can get better.
When you have these notes from your doctor, we use them as evidence to show the insurance company how badly their insured hurt you and that they are liable for all of these injuries.
We want to see you get treatment right away so that you start to recover as soon as possible. You can do a few things to start treatment. You might be taken to the emergency room or you might go to an urgent care facility. Just make sure that you go as soon as you possibly can.
You need to be educated about the South Carolina laws regarding car accidents, if you want to be able to receive compensation. Understanding that you need to get your case filed on time is a key part of this. State law mandates that you do this within three years of the accident.
These three years can seem like a very long time, but it is important that you do not wait to seek the help of a lawyer, as time is of the essence. As soon as possible is the best time to reach out to one of our North Augusta car accident lawyers to set up a free consultation with them.
If you do not file a claim within three years of the car accident, then you will no longer be eligible for compensation. Even if you wait until almost three years, a lawyer may not be able to put together a case in that time that would be successful. You need to file right away so that you can protect your evidence and take statements from your witnesses right away before they forget key details.
When you have a car accident case, there are some important dos and don’ts that you need to be aware of if you want the case to be successful. In almost every car accident, there is going to be someone who is partially or entirely responsible for causing the crash. This fault could be shared between all the parties involved or go solely onto one person.
When you have the insurance company who represents a liable party, they are going to try to do everything that they can to take the blame off of their insured party. Something that they may try to get from you is a recorded statement. They will call you and try to get you to give them this statement where they are trained to get answers from you that will hurt your case. If you say the wrong thing, they can throw away your case or reduce the compensation that they owe you. The best thing you can do is allow your lawyer to take over the communication.
About three times a year, we have clients get badly damaged in car wrecks where the other driver does not have insurance. About 25 times a year we have clients badly damaged where the other insurance is not enough insurance to compensate our clients for their damages. I’ll tell you what I tell my car wreck clients: talk to your agent about buying uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage. Buy excess uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage. It does not cost very much, but it will protect you and your family if you’re badly injured in a car wreck involving someone that has no insurance or does not have enough insurance. If you have any automobile insurance questions, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.
I had a business acquaintance call me the other day who had been involved in a car wreck on Martintown Road in North Augusta, South Carolina. They asked me for tips on what they should do in the aftermath of the car wreck. If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. I’ll share with you what I shared with my friend.
Call the police immediately, and make sure the police come and make a report of the accident. If you’re physically able, get the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all witnesses to the accident. If you’re physically able, take photographs of the accident scene. I also recommend that you get medical treatment to make sure that your medical condition is stable, and take the doctor’s advice.
Lastly, there’s a good chance that the at-fault insurance company adjuster will try to call you and ask you to give a recorded statement. It’s the insurance company’s goal to get you to say things about your case that are not helpful for your case and will diminish the value of your case.
If you have questions about your car wreck case in South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.
Last week, I met with a couple that was injured in a bad car wreck on Georgia Avenue in North Augusta, South Carolina. Another driver ran a red light and T-boned our clients. This couple asked me, “How do you determine the value of a car wreck in South Carolina?” If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. I’ll share with you what I shared with that couple.
There are many factors that go into valuing a car wreck in South Carolina. Such factors include the amount of medical bills, the injuries to the different parts of the body, lost wages, and any permanent injuries that the wreck caused. Other issues would include the venue where the defendant lives and what type of jury verdicts are given in those types of venues.
If you have any questions about your car wreck or the value of your car wreck in the state of South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.
I had a call from a client last week who was involved in a car wreck on Whiskey Road in Aiken, South Carolina. The client told me that the at-fault insurance adjuster from State Farm was calling her and asking her to give a recorded statement. She asked me if she should give the recorded statement. I told the client, no, do not give the recorded statement. Insurance companies are trained to get positive information to help the insurance company’s case and devalue her case. I informed the client that she needed to consult with an attorney and to not give a statement to an insurance adjuster.
If you have an automobile accident case in the state of South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.
I had a nice man meet with me last week from Graniteville, South Carolina, and he asked me, “How long does it take to resolve a car wreck case in South Carolina?” If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. I’ll share with you what I shared with my client last week.
Every case is different, but there are certain factors that go into how long it takes to resolve a case, including how long the medical treatment will take and how reasonable the insurance company is in the negotiation of the case. The statute of limitations in South Carolina for car wreck cases is three years, so the case either needs to be settled before three years or a lawsuit needs to be filed.
Most of our cases resolve way before three years, but, if the treatment lasts a long time or there’s complicated issues, the case could last three years or more. If you have any questions about your case, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.
I talked with a gentleman last week from Edgefield, South Carolina, and he was telling me about his car wreck case. I noticed that the gentleman had made some mistakes in his car wreck case. I’ll share some of the mistakes this gentleman made with you in the hopes that you will not make the same mistakes.
The gentleman, in this case, failed to get the names, addresses, and cell phone numbers of witnesses to the wreck. There was a dispute in liability as to who ran the red light, and the gentleman failed to get the names and telephone numbers of the witnesses. What’s more, the witnesses had left the scene by the time the policeman arrived. The gentleman also thought that he was not injured and delayed going to see a doctor in the hopes that his condition would get better. Unfortunately, he delayed treatment and ended up having a stress fracture of his back, and the insurance company was having a hard time connecting the stress fracture to the car wreck. Lastly, the gentleman did not take pictures of the damage at the scene of the accident.
I had a nice couple from North Augusta, South Carolina, come to my office last week and ask me the question, “How do we find the best car accident attorney for our South Carolina case?” If you’re reading, you may have the same question. I’ll share with you what I shared with my clients last week. I think it’s important to meet with the potential attorney and ask the attorney questions. Ask the attorney about his experience with car wrecks. Are car wrecks a core focus of his practice? Does he have the resources to hire experts for accident reconstruction issues and potential medical specialists? Does this attorney try cases, and do insurance companies take this attorney more serious as a result of these trials? Does this attorney conduct focus groups, and have juries consider issues of the case before going to trial?
Another tip that I shared with this couple was to do online research of the potential attorney. Look at client reviews. Look at Facebook. Look at Google review, Avvo reviews. Look at lawyer reviews of the potential attorney, as well. Other lawyers rate attorneys in Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubble, and 100 Best Lawyers in America. Other lawyers rate lawyers in a service called 100 High Stakes Litigators, too. See what other lawyers are saying about this lawyer. Is he respected by his peers?
If you have any questions about your personal injury case, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.
I met with a nice lady last week from Jackson, South Carolina. She was involved in a bad car wreck, and she was worried about who would pay her medical bills while her case was developed. Her medical bills were from Augusta University, and she was taken by ambulance after this horrible car wreck to Augusta University and stayed in the hospital for four days. If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. I’ll share with you what I shared with my client.
We have a good relationship with all the hospitals in the area, and we can write the hospitals and ask them to delay collection procedures while we try to resolve the case. We also have doctors that will treat clients while they get better. We have a good relationship with many doctors that will treat clients. The insurance company for the driver who caused the wreck will not pay for the medical treatment until the case is over, so clients need lawyers that have experience dealing with medical professionals to keep the bill collection process away and help them get the treatment needed.
If you have any questions about your car wreck case, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident please call our office right away. Our North Augusta car accident lawyers are here to help get you the fullest and fairest amount of compensation possible. Please call our office today to set up your free initial consultation.