Rear-end collisions are one of the most frequent types of car accidents in the United States. Many rear-end collisions occur at stop signs, stoplights, or just before a turnoff. If a driver rear-ends you and causes you injuries, they may be held financially liable for your damages in an insurance claim or lawsuit.
If you have been injured or had your vehicle damaged in a rear-end collision, a Seneca rear-end collisions lawyer from Hammack Law Firm may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, car repair, and other forms of damages.
Hammack Law Firm offers free consultations to car accident victims. To discuss your accident and your legal options with a member of our team, call us today at (864) 326-3333.
Common Injuries Suffered in Rear-End Collisions
Injuries in rear-end collisions can range from minor muscle sprains to fatal injuries. Factors such as the speed the driver was going, the size of their vehicle, and the interior placement of your steering wheel can all contribute to the nature of your injuries.
These are some types of injuries that you may experience in a rear-end collision:
- Whiplash: a type of neck injury caused by a violent back-and-forth movement of the neck which can cause soft tissue damage and even nerve damage
- Back injuries: such as a slipped disc or torn back muscle
- Spinal cord injuries: which can result in partial or full paralysis of the body
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): such as bleeding of the brain or a concussion
- Trauma to the face and head: from striking your dashboard or from the force of an airbag deploying
- Broken arm and/or leg bones: from bracing yourself before and during the impact of the collision
If you were injured in a rear-end accident, it is important to see a doctor for a medical evaluation as soon as possible. Creating evidence in your medical record that the rear-end collision was the cause of your injuries may help protect your right to pursue compensation later on.
For a free legal consultation with a rear-end collisions lawyer serving Seneca, call 864-326-3333
What to Do if You Were Involved in a Rear-End Collision
As mentioned above, one of the most important things you can do after a rear-end collision is to receive medical treatment and have a doctor diagnose and treat your injuries.
After that, it is important to preserve and retain any evidence you have of the accident and your injuries. This evidence may include photos or videos from the accident scene, the police report, witness contact information, medical bills, and auto repair invoices.
Last, you should be wary of any phone calls or settlement offers from insurance companies immediately following the accident. Insurance agents may be able to use statements you give them about the accident or your injuries as evidence against you. They may also make you a low settlement offer with the hope that you will accept it and release them of any further liability for your damages.
Hammack Law Firm can collect evidence in your defense, manage all communications with the insurance companies, and estimate the value of your case if we represent you.
To learn more about our services in a free consultation with a member of our team, call Hammack Law Firm today at (864) 326-3333.
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Paths for Recovering Compensation After a Car Accident
You may have various options for pursuing compensation after a car accident. A Seneca rear-end collisions lawyer from Hammack Law Firm can help you evaluate your options when we represent you.
Your first option may be a personal injury insurance claim against the at-fault driver’s liability coverage. If your damages exceed the limits of the at-fault driver’s liability coverage, you may be able to file a claim with your own Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage, if you carry it. UIM is a voluntary type of coverage in South Carolina and must be either selected or rejected when purchasing insurance. If you do carry UIM, it is designed for this very situation.
If you do not have UIM, or if your damages exceed your UIM limits, Hammack Law Firm may be able to help pursue the remainder of your damages in a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible driver.
Forms of Compensation for Which You May Be Eligible
Categories of damages that you may be able to pursue after a rear-end collision can include:
- Compensation for your current and future medical bills relating to the treatment of your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Vehicle repairs or replacement
- Wages that you would have otherwise earned at your job if you were not recovering from injuries
Hammack Law Firm can help you identify and assign a value to your damages when we represent you.
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The Statute of Limitations to File a Lawsuit for a Rear-End Collision
Under the South Carolina Code of Laws Unannotated §15-3-530, there is a general three-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in South Carolina. A failure to take legal action by the deadline in your case could mean that a court dismisses your lawsuit and that you are unable to recover compensation for your damages.
Hammack Law Firm can help you identify the specific deadlines that apply to your case during your initial consultation.
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The process of filing a lawsuit for a rear-end collision can be daunting for someone who does not have prior experience working with the legal system. A Seneca rear-end collisions lawyer from Hammack Law Firm can coordinate all of the legal work in your case when we represent you.
At Hammack Law Firm, our injury attorneys are dedicated to helping injury victims not only recover from their injuries but to restore their quality of life after an accident has turned it upside down. We treat our clients like friends and family and encourage you to read our Google reviews and testimonials to learn more about our firm’s reputation.
For a free case review with a member of our car accident team, call Hammack Law Firm today at (864) 326-3333.