Hire the Best Car Accident Lawyer in South Carolina
Being involved in a car accident is a painful and scary experience.
It is difficult to know what to do or who you should talk to.
Do you need a personal injury attorney, and should you file a lawsuit for damages?
Talking to a lawyer after a car accident can help you understand your legal options and what is best for your case.
Hire the best car accident lawyer in South Carolina with Peace Law Firm.
We promise to zealously advocate for the compensation you deserve after a car accident.
Do You Need an Attorney?
The most common question we hear after an accident is whether a lawyer is really necessary? For minor accidents, where the property damage is minimal and there are no injuries, you can manage the claims process on your own.
However, if there is any significant property damage, serious injury, or death, you need to speak with an attorney. Do so as soon as possible after the accident.
If you are unsure, call our office and we will schedule a free appointment to review your case. We can provide you with an honest assessment of your situation and the possible outcomes so that you can be as knowledgeable as possible about your options.
South Carolina Car Accident Laws
Under South Carolina law, you must report certain accidents. These include crashes that result in more than $400 in property damage, bodily injury, or death. You report accidents to the police.
An officer will investigate and create an accident report, or you must submit a written report along with verification of insurance coverage as soon as possible after the accident occurs.
Drivers in South Carolina must have insurance policies on their vehicles. At a minimum, drivers must carry $25,000 for bodily injury or death for a single person in an accident, $50,000 for two or more people harmed by bodily injury or death in an accident, and $25,000 in coverage for property damage.
If you decide to sue for damages after a car accident, the law requires that you file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident. If you file a lawsuit after that period of time, the court can throw out your claims. That can bar you from recovering any compensation for your injuries. An experienced car accident attorney understands this and can file your case properly.
Compensation for Car Accidents in South Carolina
Compensation for car accident claims includes payment for both economic and noneconomic damages sustained as a result of the accident. Economic damages include payment for all out of pocket expenses. This includes current and future medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and the loss of future income and benefits.
Noneconomic damages include compensation for less tangible harms, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, and the loss of affection or companionship.
South Carolina does not have any caps on compensation for car accident cases, unless it involves a government entity. In these cases, the cap is $300,000 for injuries sustained as the result of an accident with a state government vehicle.
South Carolina also utilizes a modified comparative fault standard when determining the final amount of compensation an injured person receives after a car accident.
Under this rule, the court determines the degree of fault for every party involved in the accident. Then they reduce the overall award by that percentage. For example, suppose you have a car accident with $500,000 in damages. The court finds you twenty percent at fault, so they reduce the overall to $400,000.
In addition, the modified rule states that if you are not allowed to collect damages from anyone found less at fault for the accident. For two-car collisions, this means that if a driver is 51 percent or more at fault they cannot recover compensation.
In cases of multiple vehicle accidents, drivers cannot collect compensation from any other driver found less at fault for the accident. It is critical that you have an experienced car accident attorney representing your interests. It's even more important if there is any chance you're at fault.
The Car Accident Claims Process
The car accident claims process can be overwhelming after being injured in a crash. At Peace Law Firm, our experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyers are happy to guide you through the car accident claims process.
1. Initial Consultation
During your free consultation, we will need all the details about the accident: where it happened, what happened, driving conditions, other drivers involved, and more. Anything that you can recall about your crash will help your case.
2. Accident Investigation
After the consultation, your lawyer will investigate the scene of the accident and gather additional evidence for your case. This could include pictures of the scene, accident reports, medical information, witness testimonies, and insurance policies.
After collecting evidence, your lawyer will use that evidence to calculate the amount of damages you suffered in the crash. This will determine the amount of compensation you should receive.
4. Car Insurance Claim
Next, we will gather the information from your crash and submit a claim to your car insurance company. Don’t worry, we handle the entire claims process so you can focus on recovery.
We promise fight to get the compensation and justice you deserve. Your settlement should include compensation for all of the damages you suffered in your accident.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Unfortunately, car accidents are common no matter where you live, and most are caused by human error. The most common causes of car accidents in the United States include but are not limited to the following:
- Distracted driving. Distracted driving becomes more of a threat each year, and is the leading cause of car accidents in the United States. Drivers fail to pay attention to the road due to texting, calling, reading, and even applying makeup.
- Driving under the influence. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be deadly. It often results in injuries, deaths, and jail time.
- Speeding and other forms of reckless driving. Although speeding might seem harmless, it can do a lot of damage. Speeding is the second-leading cause of accidents in the United States, in addition to other forms of reckless driving.
- Weather. We can’t control the weather, but rain and other bad weather causes lots of accidents. If you don’t feel comfortable driving in bad weather, try to avoid it.
Car accidents occur every day from all of these common causes. If you have been hurt in a car accident, make sure to contact an experienced car accident attorney right away.
Why You Should Hire Peace Law Firm
Deciding whether to hire an attorney after a car accident is a big decision. It can mean the difference between getting the money you need to pay for your bills and getting nothing. Hiring the best car accident attorney ensures that you receive the most compensation. At Peace Law Firm, we provide our clients with a full range of legal services and top tier representation for car accident cases.
As soon as you hire Peace Law Firm to handle your case, we begin our own investigation into the accident. We collect documentation, photos, videos, and other evidence along with witness statements. To build the best possible arguments for compensation and corroboration of your injuries, we work diligently. We file all of the paperwork and ensure that your case is moving forward with the court.
Our car accident attorney will serve as a shield between you and the insurance companies. We will handle all communication and negotiation with adjusters and make sure that the insurers don’t try and trick you into making any statements that go against your best interests. If parties do not reach a settlement, the Peace Law Firm is not afraid to take your case to court and zealously advocate your claims to a judge and jury.
In a Wreck? Don’t Hesitate to Call.
After a car accident with serious injuries in South Carolina, you need the best car accident attorney. You want someone who will advocate your interests and fight hard for you. Call our office or contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation of your car accident claims.