Goose Creek Car Accident Lawyer
A Goose Creek car accident can forever change the course of an accident victim’s life. While many of us get behind the wheel of a car every day, we never imagine being involved in a serious car accident. However, accidents are extremely common, and car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death across the United States.
If you have been in a Goose Creek car accident, you do not need to deal with the situation alone. After a car accident, you will be focused on the physical and emotional recovery; let the experienced Goose Creek personal injury attorneys at the Steinberg Law Firm help you through the recovery process. We have over 95 years of experience helping accident victims in your position hold negligent motorists responsible for their actions. We understand that recovering from a car accident is a lengthy and challenging process. We do everything we can to make the recovery process as easy on you as possible.
South Carolina Car Accident Statistics
In 2018, there was one South Carolina traffic accident every 3.7 minutes.
• A fatal collision occurred every 9 hours
• A motorist died every 8.5 hours
• Someone was injured every 13.8 minutes
• There were 1,036 people killed in South Carolina car accidents
◦ Approximately half of all accident victims who died in car accidents were not wearing their seatbelts.
• There were 168 pedestrians killed in South Carolina car accidents
• There were 22 pedestrians killed in South Carolina car accidents
Over the past five years, the number of fatal South Carolina car accidents has increased from 756 in 2014 to 969 in 2018 (the most recent year for which data was available).
As of 2018, the most common causes of South Carolina traffic accidents were:
• Driving too fast for the conditions (speeding)
• Failure to yield the right-of-way
• Improper lane change
• Following too closely
• Distracted driving
• Driving under the influence
• Wrong-way accidents
• Animals in the road
The most car accidents occur during the months of August and October. During each of these months, there were 102 traffic fatalities.
The most dangerous holiday for driving is New Years’ Eve, during which there was one fatality every 6.4 hours.
Friday and Saturday are the most dangerous days to drive, with each day accounting for nearly 20 percent of all traffic accidents.
The most dangerous hours to drive are:
• Between 6am and 9am
• Between 12pm and 3pm
• Between 3pm and 6pm
Causes of Goose Creek Car Crashes
Car accidents can occur in many different ways, and while each situation is unique, there are certain types of car accidents that more common than others. Through the more than 95 years we have been handling South Carolina car accident claims, we have noticed that the following causes are among the most common:
• Road rage and aggressive driving;
• Brake failure or other equipment malfunction;
• Distracted driving;
• Hit and run accidents;
• Chain-reaction car accidents
• Failure-to-yield accident;
• Negligent truck drivers
• Drugged or drunk driving
• Reckless driving
The vast majority of car accidents are preventable, had the other driver been paying attention and following the traffic laws. When a motorist’s negligence results in a car accident, anyone injured in the accident can pursue a claim against that driver.
The Role of Insurance in Goose Creek Motor Vehicle Accidents
Insurance companies are involved in the vast majority of Goose Creek auto accidents. This is because, under the terms of the other party’s insurance policy, the insurance company agreed to cover the costs associated with the accident. Thus, while another motorist may be the one who caused the accident, they will often have little to do with how the case is handled.
Insurance companies are for-profit businesses that rely on taking in more money each month in premiums than they pay out in settled claims. Thus, an insurance company’s objective in any South Carolina car accident case is to pay out as little as possible. Often, insurance companies will approach an accident victim with a low settlement offer shortly after an accident or while they are still recovering, hoping to find them in a moment of weakness or desperation. Accident victims should not take an insurance company’s offer to settle a case without first talking to an attorney. Studies have shown that accident victims who work with a personal injury attorney are more likely to obtain fair compensation for their injuries.
Insurance companies have teams of lawyers, adjusters and investigators that work against you to give you as little money as possible for your insurance claim. Steinberg Law Firm’s Goose Creek car accident attorneys can assist you in preparing your case to obtain full and fair compensation for the injuries you sustained. Our car accident attorneys can also help you:
• Handle all the necessary filings and paperwork;
• Negotiate first-hand with the insurance companies;
• Locate the necessary medical professionals to help you recover from your injuries; and
• Understand the legal system, what rights you have, and what to expect from the recovery process.
Damages in Goose Creek Car Accident Cases
After a car accident, you will likely have a lengthy road to recovery. Often, this begins in the hospital. However, once you are discharged, there are still many hurdles you must overcome before getting back on your feet. We can help you pursue monetary compensation for your injuries. Available compensation may include:
• Medical bills
• Future medical expenses
• Lost wages
• Decrease in earning capacity
• Vehicle or property damage
• Pain and suffering
• Physical or mental disability
• Permanent scarring or disfigurement
• Loss of the enjoyment of life
• Loss of ability to complete daily tasks
• Loss of companionship
If you have been in an accident, the first step is to go to a hospital to obtain the proper medical care. Even if the impact seemed minor and you appear to be unharmed, many injuries manifest themselves well after the accident. Further, if you wait to go to the hospital, an insurance company may argue that your injuries were not the result of the accident. Therefore, seeing a doctor may strengthen your case. In addition, it is crucial to remember to keep all records of the incident and the harm you have suffered. Records you should be sure to collect include:
• All medical expenses related to the accident
• All police paperwork, including an accident report
• The contact and insurance information of the other driver’s involved in the accident
• Photographs of the accident scene
• The contact information of any other people who witnessed the accident
South Carolina has a strict statute of limitations, or a time limit, in which a claim must be filed. Generally, accident victims have three years to file or lose the ability to bring a claim. While there are exceptions to the statute of limitations, establishing that you meet an exception can be quite challenging. An experienced car accident attorney can guide you through the process and make you aware of any potential deadlines in filing a claim.
Discuss Your Case with a Dedicated Goose Creek Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident in Goose Creek, call us today for a free case review. Steinberg Law Firm’s car accident lawyers are prepared to assist and support you through each step in the legal process to help you pursue full compensation for your injuries. We have successfully been helping accident victims and their families pursue the compensation they deserve for over 95 years. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with an attorney, call 843-720-2800. You can also reach us through our online form.
WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:
Car Accident Settlement
Fatal Car Accident
Leaders in the Legal Industry
Steinberg attorneys have been awarded numerous distinctions, such as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report, Gedney M. Howe, Jr. Award for Outstanding Public Service, the SC Leadership in Law award, and has been voted Best Workers’ Comp Firm in SC, among other distinctions.
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