Personal Injury Specialized Area of Practice in South Carolina
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident in South Carolina look no further for legal assistance. We are here to help. Hiring an experienced attorney after an accident puts someone in your corner who knows South Carolina laws and the tricks insurance companies may try to play, including low-ball offers to settle, denying claims, stalling, or stonewalling, and trying to take advantage of you or your loved one.
Please contact our Charleston, South Carolina office through this website or call us at 843-790-9015 for a FREE consultation. We would be honored to help you evaluate your case and guard your legal rights after being injured in a car accident.
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Representing Injured Victims in Various Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents in South Carolina
When considering speaking with a personal injury attorney who handles car accidents, speak with a law firm that has a proven track record. The Feidler Law Firm has extensive experience with various types of auto accidents each having a unique set of facts. This includes, but is not limited to the following types of accidents:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accident (18-wheeler Accident)
- Drunk Driver Accidents (DUI Accidents)
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Rear-End Collision
- ATV Accidents
- Golf Cart Accidents
- Accidents with Uninsured or Underinsured Motorists
- Hit-and-Run Accidents
The Feidler Law Firm has experience handling unique and various types of accidents, with our primary goal of obtaining the best possible result for our clients. Our goal is to make sure our clients are fairly compensated, receive the best possible medical care, and hopefully get back to the life they knew before the accident as quickly as possible.
Frequent causes of car accidents in South Carolina
South Carolina ranks near the top among the states in the number of car accidents per year. While sometimes it is clear how the car accident occurred, other times it is not clear and an experienced car accident attorney will be able to gather evidence and facts to determine exactly how the car accident occurred. Some examples of causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving. 1 in 4 accidents are caused by distracted drivers. Common distractions include texting, eating, loud music, and being on a cell phone.
- Ignoring traffic signs or signals. Some drivers either purposefully ignore traffic signs or signals, or simply do not abide by the laws governing traffic signs or signals.
- Bad weather conditions. When it rains, hydroplaning and other conditions make it dangerous to drive even the speed limit. Other conditions include high winds and ice.
- Drunk driving. Driving under the influence endangers the community at large and unfortunately innocent people are harmed daily across the State of South Carolina due to drunk drivers. Often car accidents involving drunk drivers leave victims and their families with life-changing injuries and financial loss.
- Speeding or reckless driving.
- Driving too slow.
- Aggressive driving or road rage.
- Driver fatigue.
No matter the cause of the accident, Feidler Law Firm will work hard to gather evidence and through our experience be able to hold the at-fault driver accountable for unnecessarily causing you injuries.
6 Essential things to do if you are in a car accident in South Carolina
- Stay calm and call 9-1-1. Accidents occur quickly and can be overwhelming when you are in the moment. We know, we have been in accidents with our loved ones in the vehicle. Remember to stay calm, call 9-1-1, and check for injuries. Regardless if you believe you are at fault, remain at the scene until the police arrive. When the police arrive, they will determine who is at fault and write up a report. Make sure you receive the medical attention you or your passengers need and find out how you can get a copy of the police report for your claim.
- Gather information. Get the names of all the drivers involved, their insurance information, and their license plate numbers. Take pictures of the scene, your car, and your injuries from several different angles. Write down the contact information of any witnesses and the police officers.
- Do not admit fault. Even something as simple as saying “I’m sorry,” can be interpreted as admitting fault for the accident. While you should be honest with the police, do not admit fault.
- Do not provide the at-fault driver’s insurance company with a recorded statement. You are not required to provide the at-fault driver’s insurance company with a recorded statement. The at-fault driver’s insurance company will hound you and consistently reach out to you but do not talk to them until you have talked with an experienced car accident attorney.
- See a doctor or medical provider. If you or your passenger have injuries, immediately request to be transferred to the hospital. However, not all injuries show up immediately. You may feel fine right after the accident, but you should always seek a medical professional to ensure there is no hidden serious injury. If an insurance company thinks you are not injured or there was delayed medical care, they may deny your claim.
- Contact an experienced attorney. It will cost you nothing to call the Feidler Law Firm for a FREE consultation. Do not try and handle the complexities of a car accident by yourself where insurance companies are notorious for taking advantage of victims involved in a car accident. We do not get paid unless we win your case.
What you should know if you are in a car accident in South Carolina to protect yourself
Sadly, when someone is injured in a car accident there are various entities and companies out there that see nothing more than dollar signs. To most insurance companies, you are nothing but a number. At times medical providers will take advantage of you, running up unnecessary bills. Loan companies will seek you out knowing you may be unable to work and make ends meet. Unfortunately, to some attorneys that advertise on TV and billboards, you are also nothing more than a number.
The Feidler Law Firm takes pride in treating clients like family and only handling a small percentage of car accidents, so we can ensure our clients receive the best representation possible. We do not advertise on billboards or through catchy TV advertisements. We rely on referrals and honest people who want honest, real, and diligent representation.
Here are some things to remember if you are ever involved in a car accident:
- If you have health insurance, make sure all your medical bills are submitted to your health insurance carrier. At times, medical providers may tell you that your health insurance carrier does not take care of medical bills associated with car accidents. This is not true. While health insurance benefits vary depending on your health insurance carrier, make sure your health provider has your health insurance information and forwards everything to your carrier.
- You are not required to provide the at-fault driver’s insurance company with a recorded statement. You are not required to provide the at-fault driver’s insurance company with a recorded statement. The at-fault driver’s insurance company will hound you and consistently reach out to you but do not talk to them until you have talked with an experienced car accident attorney.
- Automobile insurance may not be the only source of recovery and compensation for an injured individual. When an at-fault driver in South Carolina breaches their duty of care and injures you, the at-fault driver is responsible (liable) to you for those injuries. South Carolina personal injury law says you can recoup your losses, sometimes referred to as damages and/or injuries. Although South Carolina requires minimum liability insurance (covering $25,000 up to $50,000 in personal injury damages per person per accident and $25,000 in property damage), some scenarios require an experienced personal injury attorney to help recover additional compensation outside of the at-fault driver. For example, the minimum liability insurance (i.e. $25,000) may not cover costs for severe or catastrophic accident injuries and treatments, or perhaps the liable driver was not properly covered by insurance. (i.e. uninsured). Also, future earnings and expenses, as well as mental suffering may need to be factored into the considerations for compensation. Other scenarios may include a driver driving another person’s car or in a company car. In those scenarios, you may be able to collect from the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier and the company that employs the at-fault driver. There are also scenarios where the at-fault driver was drinking and driving, commonly referred to as dram shop liability. In those scenarios, there may be multiple liable parties including bars, restaurants, or event planners. Regardless of the scenario, calling an experienced attorney at Feidler Law Firm for a free consultation can ensure your rights are protected and you are able to find every possible source of recovery for your injuries.
- Not every situation requires a personal injury attorney. Car accidents occur daily. Some accidents are catastrophic and cause severe injuries, while others are simply a fender bender where no one suffers any injuries. In situations where no one is injured and property damage is minimal, it is probably best to deal with it yourself. However, we certainly recommend you call our law firm so we can make you a recommendation. Calling our law firm is free and it does not hurt to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for a free consultation.
- Statute of Limitations. In South Carolina, under the South Carolina Code of Laws Section 15-3-530, you have three years to file a car accident lawsuit against the responsible party. This limitation of time is commonly referred to as the “statute of limitations.” For injuries, property damage, and even wrongful death, the clock starts clicking on the day of the accident. If you do not file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations, you will almost certainly be forever barred from filing a lawsuit. That is why it is important to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney immediately after your car accident.
- Tax-free. Any monetary compensation you receive related to a car accident is completely tax-free. The only exception is punitive damages, which in certain circumstances may be awarded by a jury. Of course, we advise you to speak to an accountant or tax attorney if you have any questions related to taxes.
- Partially to blame for the accident. Even if you are partially to blame for the accident, you may still be able to recover damages in a car accident lawsuit. South Carolina follows a “modified comparative negligence” rule, which means any award will be reduced by a percentage equal to your share of fault for the car accident. For instance, if you were involved in a car accident and suffered $100,000 worth of damages but were found to be 30% at fault, you would still recover $70,000. However, if your fault exceeds that of the other party, you will not be able to recover damages. For instance, if you were found to be anywhere between 51% - 100% at fault, you would not be able to recover damages.
- You may be able to settle before a lawsuit is filed or before trial. The majority of car accident claims are settled through negotiations between your personal injury attorney and the opposition’s insurance company. However, when the insurance company does not offer you fair compensation or heavily contests your claim, filing a lawsuit and proceeding to trial may maximize your chances of being fairly compensated. There is no way to predict whether a lawsuit will be filed or whether a claim will proceed to trial.
That is why it is best to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to get a better idea of what to expect, and understand all your options.
Automobile Accident Lawsuit Fee Arrangement
The Feidler Law Firm believes that everyone deserves high-quality legal representation, no matter their financial status. Therefore, we operate on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us only when we win your case. Our fee would come in the form of a percentage of the settlement or verdict amount we obtain. If there is no recovery, there will be no attorneys’ fees.
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