When you are seeking compensation, you need to understand that you are not given an unlimited amount of time to bring your case or have it settled in civil court. You will be given three years from the date of your truck accident to bring your case, according to South Carolina statutes.
It’s a big risk to wait to hire an attorney. You make their job a lot harder if you wait to contact them because they are going to be on a deadline. The longer you wait to hire a lawyer, the shorter deadline you are dealing with, making the success of your case less likely.
Three years can go by quickly; as those years pass, your evidence can disappear. You may not be able to track down your witnesses, and the ones you do find may have forgotten key details. Plus, if you miss this deadline, then you are no longer eligible for compensation.
South Carolina state law says that anyone who has been injured in a truck accident will be subject to the rules of modified comparative negligence laws. These laws are what dictate the compensation that you are able to collect.
Modified comparative negligence is as follows:
For example, if you were sharing the road with a truck and you wanted to get past them because they were swerving and you had to speed to get around them when they collided with you, that might be seen as you being partially at fault. Let’s say you were given 20% fault for this and then awarded $100,000. You would be able to collect a reduced award of $80,000 in damages.
You will be compensated for the following factors including:
Essentially, you will be likely be compensated more if your injuries are more severe. During insurance negotiations, your fault will be deliberated and a number will be determined regarding the fault you had for the accident, as well as the amount of compensation you are owed.
To make sure that you are going to have the best chance at full compensation, you need to seek immediate medical attention to get your injuries addressed and start treatment. Getting better should be your top priority.
It is extremely important that you immediately seek medical attention for two reasons. First, you want to stop being in pain and start getting better. You cannot get rid of injuries without treatment for them. Second, when you see a doctor, they put your injuries and treatments in a written document that we can use to show the insurance company what they need to compensate you for.
In every personal injury case, there is a mistake that we hope our clients do not make before they come to see us. There have been instances where this happens and we cannot fix it. Very shortly after your accident, you will likely receive a phone call from the insurance company looking to get a recorded statement from you. They will seem helpful but in order to maximize your case, it is essential that you do not give them a statement.
These insurance companies have representative who are trained to make a recorded statement go in their favor, not yours. If you give a response that damages your case, they will be able to use that against you and either reduce or eliminate your claim, which you want to avoid at all costs.
Our attorneys will be able to take these communications over on your behalf so that your case will be protected from the insurance company.
If you were severely injured in a truck accident, we will be able to help you through this. Please call our North Augusta truck accident attorneys today to get the compensation you deserve. Set up your free initial consultation today to go over the details of your case.