South Carolina Sees Increase in Highway Deaths

South Carolina Sees Increase in Highway Deaths

Charlotte, NC Personal Injury Lawyer

According to reports with the state Highway Patrol, more people died on South Carolina roadways in 2014 than the previous year. Whereas 762 individuals died in highway-related crashes in 2013, 807 people died under similar circumstances in 2014. This included 106 pedestrians, a number that has increased each year for the past several years. In other words, South Carolinians are at a greater risk of sustaining fatal injuries in a vehicle-related crash now than in years past. While any car crash can result in monetary losses, medical expenses, and time missed from work, serious or fatal car crashes can throw lives into complete physical, emotional, and financial turmoil.

What To Do After a Serious Motor Vehicle Accident

Regardless of the circumstances, there are certain actions you should take following a serious car crash. A serious car crash is one in which your injuries are so severe you must be immediately taken to the hospital for treatment. To increase your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries later, you should:

  • Receive all necessary treatment and follow your doctor’s orders. Your health should be your primary concern in the days and weeks following a serious car crash. Focus on getting well and follow your doctor’s orders. While you do not necessarily have to submit to experimental or unnecessary procedures, you should attend follow-up appointments, participate in therapy, and take medications as prescribed.
  • Write down the details you remember. As soon as you are able, write down (or have a loved one write down) the details you remember from the crash. Serious car crashes can disturb your memories; it is important to preserve the details you do remember as quickly as possible.
  • Obtain the police reports and medical records. These reports and records will not only have information about the extent of your injuries, but they may also contain information about the cause of the crash and the names of witnesses who may have seen the crash occur.
  • Contact a personal injury attorney right away. It is important that you contact a personal injury attorney about filing a lawsuit as soon as possible. If you wait too long before you file (for instance, if you wait until you are fully recovered before filing a lawsuit), you may find that the statute of limitations prohibits you from recovering any compensation at all. Therefore, as soon as you are physically able to do so, you should speak with an attorney.
  • Don’t speak with an insurance company without first speaking with an attorney. In a serious motor vehicle crash, the insurance companies involved will be eager to settle the case for as little as possible. This settlement offer may be far less than your actual costs and losses will be. Speaking with an attorney before speaking with an insurance company can help ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.

When you or a loved one has been injured in a serious motor vehicle crash, contact us for assistance right away at (855) 5-BICE-LAW for a free initial consultation. We are committed to helping our clients recover fair compensation after a serious motor vehicle crash and will fight to ensure you are treated fairly throughout the process.

Contact the Personal Injury Law Firm of Bice Law

The personal injury firm of Bice Law will examine your case to determine the type and amount of damages that your injury warrants, including payments for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and any permanent disability.  We’ll determine whether an out-of-court settlement or trial is the best strategy to obtain maximum benefits for you or your family. If you have suffered injury or harm because of someone else’s actions, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  personal injury attorney. We serve families across both North Carolina and South Carolina.

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