A car accident can cause major disruptions to your life. In addition to having to recover from the physical damage of the accident, you might be faced with financial damages from your medical expenses and missed time at work.
If you were injured by a negligent driver, a Pickens car accident lawyer from Hammack Law Firm can help you prove the cause, cost, and effect of your injuries. This may allow you to receive compensation for your accident-related damages in an insurance claim or lawsuit.
When you are ready to pursue financial compensation, contact the car accident team at Hammack Law Firm by calling (864) 326-3333. We offer free case reviews to all prospective clients.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in South Carolina
Car accidents are frequent occurrences in South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPC) cites the following traffic accident statistics for South Carolina in 2018:
- One accident occurs every 3.7 minutes
- One fatal accident occurs every 9 hours
- One accident victim is injured every 13.8 minutes
- One accident leading to property damage occurs every 5.1 minutes
- One fatal accident caused by intoxication occurs every 30.1 hours
Defining the cause of your car accident may help our legal team establish the responsible party’s liability. The SCDPC lists the following primary causes of car accidents across the state:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Driver fatigue or exhaustion
- Tailgating or aggressive driving
- Improper lane changes
- Failure to obey traffic signs
- Wrong side of the road driving
- Driver distraction or intoxication
- Road and weather conditions
- Brake or steering issues
After we establish the primary cause of your accident, our legal team might be able to help you establish the cost of your injuries. We may require specific documents related to your injuries and their costs. Comply with any requests for these items as soon as possible.
For a free legal consultation with a car accidents lawyer serving Pickens, call 864-514-8192
Establishing the Cost of Your Injuries
Proving the cost of your injuries and any care they may require in the future can help our team establish the potential value of your personal injury lawsuit. According to South Carolina Civil Remedies and Procedures § 15-32-210, you may be entitled to recover these economic and non-economic damages:
- Damages stemming from your medical expenses
- Damages stemming from your loss of income
- Costs for repairing or replacing damaged or lost property
- Reimbursement for substitute domestic services
- Damages for your loss of spousal services
- Physical and emotional pain, suffering, and inconvenience
- Physical damage, impairment, or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium or companionship
Documenting the Cost of Your Injuries
The at-fault driver and their legal or insurance representative may require extensive proof of the cost of your injuries. The evidence that authenticates the cost of your injuries might include:
- Medical records and bills
- Property damage receipts
- Property replacement values
- Prescription medication costs
- Rehabilitation and therapy bills
- Employment and salary history
- Injury and accident scene photos
- Receipts for assistive medical devices
On your own, it might be challenging to accumulate the medical bills and additional evidence required to prove the value of your damages. You may find it easier to collect these documents and build an effective case file with the guidance and direction of a Pickens car accident lawyer.
Contact the car accident team at Hammack Law Firm by calling (864) 326-3333 today to learn more about how we can help with your case.
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File Your Lawsuit by the Required Time Limit
Obtaining financial compensation after a car accident can be an involved process. In fact, understanding the timing of your lawsuit and the filing process alone can be daunting. Depending on the circumstances, the following statutes of limitations may apply:
- A personal injury lawsuit generally must be filed within three years of the accident, according to South Carolina Civil Remedies and Procedures § 15-3-530
- A wrongful death lawsuit generally must be filed within three years of the death of a loved one, according to the same statute
- A lawsuit for an accident involving a government or municipality vehicle generally must be filed within two years of the date of the accident, according to South Carolina Civil Remedies and Procedures § 15-78-110
You do not have to discern the filing times and statuses on your own. Our legal team may be able to help you understand the relevant timeline for your lawsuit.
You May Have Protection from Underinsured Motorist Coverage
If you are involved in an accident with a driver whose insurance policy limits do not adequately cover your losses, your own underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage may offer additional financial protection.
While UIM coverage is optional and voluntary, if you carry it, it may provide leverage that allows you to ensure you are not left paying out-of-pocket expenses due to a shortage of insurance protection on the part of the at-fault driver.
If the financial expenses and losses associated with your injuries and property damage exceed the available coverage of the at-fault driver, Hammack Law Firm may be able to help you file a claim with your own insurance company.
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Pursuing Compensation with Hammack Law Firm
If you or someone you love was injured by a negligent driver, a Pickens car accident lawyer from Hammack Law Firm might be able to help. For your free case review with our client intake team, call us today at (864) 326-3333
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