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If you want a Seneca car accident lawyer to represent you in your lawsuit, Hammack Law Firm is here for you. We serve communities throughout the state, including Seneca, and would be happy to evaluate your case at no charge and no obligation.

Do I Have an Auto Accident Case?

Before our legal counsel can initiate action against another party involved in a car accident, we must demonstrate that their carelessness caused the collision. To do this, we will be required to prove that the following elements of negligence were present in your accident:

Duty of Care

Initially, we will need to demonstrate that the other person owed you what is referred to as a “duty of care,” which means they were obligated to act in a way that assured your safety while sharing the road.

Breach of Duty

Our personal injury lawyer will also need to prove that the other driver breached their duty of care by acting negligently or recklessly. We must demonstrate that the other driver acted in a manner that differed from what a reasonable and cautious person would have done under similar circumstances.

Examples of breach of duty that may result in a car accident include:

  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield
  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Distracted driving (e.g., using a cellphone)
  • Ignoring other vehicles on the road

Causation

Your attorney from our firm must also demonstrate that the at-fault driver’s conduct caused the car accident and your injuries. This means you must prove that you would not have been injured if not for the other driver’s negligence.

Many factors are involved in an auto accident, making it challenging to prove that the at-fault driver’s negligence was the singular cause of the accident. Our Seneca car accident lawyers will gather evidence to confirm that your injury would not have happened if the accident had not happened.

Damages

The last step is to prove that you experienced monetary losses (damages) due to the at-fault party’s breach of duty. You must be able to show that the at-fault party’s negligence caused you to incur financial losses, such as healthcare expenses or lost income.

Our Seneca car accident lawyers will perform a thorough investigation into your claim and review every factor involved before, during, and after the crash. If our attorneys decide the accident was indeed the result of another driver’s carelessness, we will not hesitate to assist you in pursuing monetary damages.

What to Do Immediately After a Car Accident

Immediately after a crash, it is a good idea to seek help from multiple sources. First and foremost, see a doctor. You may need to go to the hospital right away if you have severe or life-threatening injuries or make an appointment with your primary care provider after you get home if you have minor injuries.

Second, you will need to inform the police about the accident, your health and safety permitting. While waiting for the police to arrive, you can talk to the other driver and exchange insurance and contact information. If you have a functioning camera, you can take photos of the scene, but do not discuss anything more or admit any degree of fault for the accident.

Finally, once your injuries have been attended to and your doctors have given you a recovery plan, consider hiring legal help. A Seneca car accident lawyer can work with you to determine your legal recourse for pursuing compensation for your losses.

Compensation You May Be Entitled To

According to Page 7 of a report compiled by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, driving too fast was the number-one cause of injury and fatal accidents in South Carolina in 2018. Other human factors, such as failing to yield the right of way and alcohol usage, also played notable roles in accidents that year. Therefore, it is likely (though by no means definite) that you will seek compensation from a negligent driver.

If the crash affected you financially, you could be eligible to receive economic damages. Examples often include:

  • Repair costs, such as mechanic’s fees and renting a temporary vehicle
  • Medical bills, including hospital stays, prescription medications, and physical and/or psychological therapy
  • Loss of wages you should have earned but could not due to your injuries
  • Lowered earnings because you can no longer work the same job
  • Loss of financial support from your deceased loved one (in the case of wrongful death)

If the crash affected you physically or emotionally, you could be eligible to receive non-economic damages. These damages could include:

  • Disfigurement, such as permanent, noticeable scars
  • Disability from the loss of a limb, an organ, or a bodily function
  • Pain and suffering you endured, including mental and emotional trauma
  • Loss of companionship (in the case of wrongful death)

Getting Your Compensation

In many cases, your compensation will come from the liable party’s insurance company. However, your case may be more complicated if the liable driver was uninsured or underinsured.

Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage is a legal requirement in South Carolina, as the South Carolina Department of Insurance explains. It is a part of your liability coverage. Underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, on the other hand, is not required.

Our lawyers and legal team can explain these two insurance coverages in more detail for you and answer any questions or doubts you may have about receiving the compensation you need.

A Lawyer Can Help You with Your Case

The foremost benefit of legal representation is saving you from the stress and hardship of filing an insurance claim or civil action while you recover from your injuries. Our lawyers will navigate the legal system and pursue a fair settlement offer on your behalf. In the meantime, you will have the time and peace of mind to recuperate at home with loved ones.

At Hammack Law Firm, we provide a variety of services to our clients, including:

  • An investigation of the accident: The liable party’s insurance company may be more likely to listen to you if you can support your claim with evidence, like police reports or eyewitness testimony.
  • Assessment of damages: To make sure the damages you ask for are appropriate and recoverable, our lawyer will review your list and help you calculate monetary amounts for each loss.
  • Communication skills: We can deliver all messages between you and the liable party, ensuring your words are not used against you.
  • Negotiation skills: We will argue vigorously for your compensation, and we will not be intimidated by the insurance company’s lawyers.
  • Trial preparations and presentation: If the insurance company refuses to negotiate, our lawyer can represent you in court.
  • Personal attention: Your welfare is our lawyer’s priority. We will contact you with regular updates about your case, and we are always available to address any concerns you may have.

We are happy to perform these services on contingency. In other words, you will pay us nothing unless and until you are awarded a settlement. We only win when you win.

Common Causes of Auto Accidents

As accident attorneys, we have seen firsthand the destruction that negligent drivers can cause. We have represented clients who were seriously injured in accidents that were caused by:

  • Intoxicated driving
  • Reckless or careless driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Breaking traffic laws
  • Ignoring traffic signs and devices
  • Hazardous lane changes
  • Driving the wrong way
  • Improper turns
  • Tailgating
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Road rage

Common Auto Accident Injuries

Auto accidents frequently occur when the victim is in a vulnerable position and susceptible to suffering severe injuries. A severe car accident can result in terrible injuries that have life-changing effects on victims and their families. Our Seneca car accident lawyers often help victims who suffer injuries such as:

  • Head and neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Burn injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Back injuries
  • Wrist and arm injuries
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Cuts and scrapes

Unfortunately, it is also common for a severe car accident injury to result in the victim’s death. If this occurs, close relatives in the victim’s family may be entitled to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault individual.

Contact Hammack Law Firm Today

Hammack Law Firm believes that the best way to keep our fellow South Carolinians safe on the roads is by holding reckless, irresponsible drivers accountable for their actions. Whether that means negotiating a pretrial settlement or taking the at-fault parties to court, our Seneca car accident lawyers are ready to handle your case.

Call us at (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 for a free case review.

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