After a head-on collision, you may be struggling with extra bills, diminished health, and more. Filing a lawsuit may get you the financial compensation you need and deserve, but the legal process is often demanding and exhausting. Let a Seneca head-on collisions lawyer ease your burden by pursuing compensation in your stead. For more information and a free case evaluation, call Hammack Law Firm at (864) 326-3333 today.
Why Collisions Happen
Even the most cautious drivers, manufacturers, and maintenance crews make mistakes sometimes. Unfortunately, these mistakes can cost someone else their health or their life, in addition to time and money. There are also some cases where it is not honest mistakes or carelessness that cause a crash but outright recklessness.
No matter who caused your accident, a Seneca head-on collisions lawyer may be able to help you get compensation from them. Some potential accident causes and liable parties are listed below.
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Most car accidents are caused by driver error, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). These errors can take many forms, including but not limited to:
- Failure to yield
- Unsafe turns
- Following too closely
- Ignoring traffic signals
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For a motor vehicle to function safely, all of its many parts must work correctly. If just one part malfunctions at the wrong time, an accident may occur. The risk of such an incident increases if the manufacturer does not test their products well enough or if they know about a potential flaw and do not recall the affected product in time.
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Both your car and the roadway need regular repairs. Maintenance teams are hired or contracted to make sure both are kept in good order. However, even the best workers can miss danger signs, and some workers may cut corners to try to save time or money.
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You Are Allowed to Seek Compensation
It is important to give yourself time to heal after a car crash. However, you must balance that need with the statute of limitations, as codified in the South Carolina Code of Laws Unannotated §15-3-530. This law says you have three years to file for compensation in most cases. To get help with your lawsuit, call Hammack Law Firm at (864) 326-3333.
Car accidents can affect multiple areas of your life. One of these areas is your financial status. Your crash may have left you with additional bills to pay and, if you had to stay home from work to let your injuries heal, no way to pay them. These are called economic damages. They include monetary losses such as:
- Repair bills, if you had to get your car fixed or repaired
- Medical expenses, if you or your deceased loved one had to go to a hospital, doctor’s office, physical therapist, chiropractor, pharmacy, or another medical facility
- Lost income, if you missed days, weeks, or even months of work due to your injuries
- Lost financial support, if you are struggling to make ends meet without the income from your deceased loved one
Accidents may cause all manner of personal injuries, including emotional distress. Some examples include:
- Pain and suffering, if you or your deceased loved one sustained physically painful injuries or emotional trauma
- Reduced quality of life, if you or your deceased loved one lost your independence or your ability to perform regular tasks
- Disfigurement, if you have scars or other disfiguring marks from your injuries
- Loss of companionship, if your loved one passed away and you can no longer rely on them to care for and emotionally support you
These types of injuries are called non-economic damages. You may sue for them as well. However, non-economic damages present more challenges than economic damages. For example, while economic damages often come with bills that tell you exactly how much money the accident has cost, there are no bills associated with non-economic damages for you to consult.
If you have underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) and your damages exceed your policy limit, you can file a lawsuit to try to obtain more compensation.
How Legal Representation Can Help
An attorney can take a big load off your mind by completing all legal tasks on your behalf. These tasks may include but are not limited to:
- Investigating your crash: Medical records, police reports, eyewitness testimony, surveillance footage—your lawyer can check all of these sources and more to build your lawsuit.
- Helping with paperwork: Legal paperwork must be filled out correctly and on time. We can do it all for you.
- Quantifying your damages: Your lawyer can calculate accurate and recoverable amounts for your economic and non-economic damages.
- Negotiating: You do not have to be worried about negotiating a settlement. Your lawyer can meet with the insurance company and do the negotiating for you.
- Going to trial: Sometimes insurance companies refuse to pay what accident victims qualify for. If this happens to you, your lawyer can make all the arrangements for a trial and argue your case in court.
- Working with you: We always start by listening to your account of the accident. Throughout your case, we will keep your goals and needs foremost in our minds and advise you on achieving them.
At Hammack Law Firm, we want to make South Carolina safer for everyone by finding all liable parties and helping you hold them responsible for their actions. A Seneca head-on collisions lawyer can take care of all the tasks listed above in exchange for a contingency fee—that is, a share of your compensation. You do not have to pay us anything upfront. For details, call us at (864) 326-3333 and set up a free consultation.