Four Things to Do after a South Carolina Car Accident

Four Things to Do after a South Carolina Car Accident

White car that was involved in a serious collision.

When you’re involved in a car accident caused by someone else, it’s often difficult to figure out what to do next. Unfortunately, the things that you say and do in the days and weeks after a serious crash can have an impact on how much you ultimately recover from the insurance company. Here are four things you can to do to protect your rights in the aftermath of a wreck. For more information, call Bice Law today to schedule a free consultation with a South Carolina car accident attorney.

Collect Information

If you’re able to do so, you should collect information about the way in which your accident occurred. Of course, never refuse medical treatment or ignore your injuries in order to do any of the following. Take pictures of the aftermath of the accident, and document things like:

  • The other driver’s name and insurance information
  • Any road conditions that you think may have contributed to the crash
  • Any damage to the other vehicle that may have existed before the accident
  • Contact information from eyewitnesses

See a Doctor, and Fully Engage in Medical Treatment

You should always see a doctor for a full medical evaluation after an accident, even you were cleared to go home by emergency medical personnel or you do not think that your injuries are that serious. In order to obtain compensation from an insurance company, you need to be able to provide documentation of your injuries – which is much, much easier when you have an official medical record. In addition, follow all of your doctor’s recommendations regarding follow-up care and treatment. If you don’t, you can give the insurance company an opportunity to argue that you are not as hurt as you claim to be.

Do NOT Accept a Settlement without Talking to a Lawyer

One tactic (of many) that insurance companies use to limit their liability is to offer victims a lowball settlement offer before they get a chance to talk to a lawyer. NEVER accept an offer before speaking with an attorney – as once you accept one, it’s nearly impossible to recover more compensation.

Call an Attorney as Soon as You Can after an Accident

Finally, you should call a lawyer as soon as you can after you’ve been injured in a car wreck. If you wait, you risk the loss or destruction of evidence critical to the success of your case. In addition, the sooner you’re represented by counsel, the sooner you can start focusing on the most critical part of the aftermath of an accident – your emotional and physical healing.

Call Bice Law Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Car Accident Lawyer in South Carolina

A serious car accident can leave victims with substantial losses, including medical bills, lost income, lost quality of life, and significant physical and emotional pain and suffering.  At Bice Law, we are dedicated to helping our clients get the compensation they deserve and are will never back down to large insurance companies. To schedule a free case evaluation with attorney Justin Bice, call our office today at 803-639-8777 or contact us online.

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Multi-Vehicle Crashes Can Bring Up Complex Legal Issues

Blue car with dents and smashed headlightMany traffic accidents involve one car that collides with another car, and identifying the at-fault driver is relatively straightforward. However, some accidents involve multiple vehicles of different types, causing injuries to many motorists. In these cases, several parties may be to blame and may be liable for injuries to others. Determining liability in multi-vehicle crashes can be a complicated endeavor, and it is critical for any injured accident victims to discuss their rights with a skilled North Carolina personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Five-Vehicle Crash in North Charleston

Last month, a chain reaction crash occurred on I-26 in North Charleston, injuring three people and tragically killing one driver. As eastbound traffic slowed due to congestion, an Audi SUV, a pickup truck, and two tractor-trailers all collided. One semi-truck and the SUV then caught fire. A fifth vehicle was already pulled over on the shoulder and debris flew from the crash and hit that car.

Emergency personnel pronounced the driver of the SUV dead at the scene of the crash. At least two other people rode in ambulances to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Reports do not indicate what caused the crash, only that authorities were investigating.

Who is Liable for Your Injuries?

If another party acted negligently and caused a crash, that party should be liable for your medical expenses and other accident-related losses. Such losses can be extensive and may include:

  • Past and future medical treatment costs
  • Past and future lost income
  • Permanent injuries or disabilities
  • Permanent impairment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

Negligence occurs when a party breaches a duty of care, such as the duty to drive in a reasonably safe manner, and causes harm to others. Drivers can be negligent in many different ways that may lead to multi-vehicle crashes, including:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Road rage and aggressive driving
  • Speeding
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Dangerous passing
  • Drowsy driving
  • Violating any other traffic laws
  • For truck drivers, violating any Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations

In multi-vehicle accidents, it is common for more than one driver to be negligent. For example, one driver may be intoxicated and may run a red light. A driver heading through the intersection may be texting and may not notice the drunk driver quickly enough to prevent a collision. The collision then sends the distracted driver’s vehicle crashing into another vehicle in the intersection. While it is always illegal and dangerous to drive drunk, the texting driver also violated the law and acted negligently. Therefore, under a doctrine known as joint and several liability, both drivers may be held liable for damages if someone in the third car sustained serious injuries.

Contact Our North and South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation Today

The above is only one example of how complex claims arising from multi-car accidents can be. Every accident is unique and an experienced you should always have an experienced personal injury lawyer evaluate your rights and options. Bice Law LLC represents injured clients throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. Please do not hesitate to call (855) 500-BICE or provide information about your situation via our online contact form.

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