May is National Bike Month, an initiative sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists to promote bike riding and, more to the point, safety while bike riding. In our state, the months of May through November are the months in which there are increased numbers of traffic collisions involving pedalists....KEEP READING
According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, 589 fatal car accidents occurred in the state between January 1, 2012, and October 18, 2012. These fatal crashes resulted in 632 deaths of passengers, drivers, pedestrians, bicycle riders and others sharing the road. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety also reported on the total number of fatal vehicle crashes and fatalities in 2011. Their statistics indicate that 625 fatal crashes in 2011 resulted in 677 deaths in South Carolina.
As the figures demonstrate, car accidents cause far too many people to lose their lives in the state of South Carolina. In fact, the CDC indicates that car crashes are the leading killer of both kids and young adults throughout the U.S. and are among the top cause of death in all age groups.
These devastating losses due to car accident deaths are, unfortunately, only the tip of the iceberg. South Carolina car crashes also cause thousands of injuries, both serious and minor, as well as significant property damage. Extensive financial and emotional costs are also associated with car crashes.
South Carolina law ensures that the financial burden of car accidents does not fall on innocent victims. Under South Carolina law, the person who is responsible for causing an accident can be held responsible for the losses related to the crash. A South Carolina auto accident lawyer at the Louthian Law Firm can help you to impose this responsibility.
Contact the Louthian Law Firm in Columbia today toll free at 888-829-0488 or locally at 803-454-1200 for a free evaluation of your case. You can also fill out our online contact form. There is no fee unless you recover on your claim.
Car accidents are often devastating, but never more so than when they are caused by the carelessness of another party. Drivers engage in many dangerous and negligent behaviors on the roads. Some of the factors most likely to cause preventable accidents include:
Other causes of car accidents include drivers who disobey the rules of the road, such as failing to yield or failing to obey traffic signals, as well as drivers who simply behave in a careless way while driving. Following too closely and aggressive driving are also major contributors to car accidents. In any situation where a driver breaks the law or engages in behavior that is unreasonably careless, that driver can be held legally responsible for the damage that he or she caused. In legal terms, the driver is classified as negligent and can be sued for this negligence. You can ask a court for compensation for your medical bills, repair bills, missed work and any other financial costs that the accident caused, as well as for pain and suffering, permanent disability and other non-economic losses.
In some cases, you may also be able to collect further money, called “punitive damages,” to punish a person or corporation for a particularly serious harm. Even if you think you may bear some fault for your injuries, the chances are good that you can still collect damages. That’s because South Carolina uses comparative negligence that allows motorists to recover a percentage of their damages even if they were partially at fault.
In some South Carolina car accidents, the victims’ recovery is complicated by dealing with a bureaucratic or hostile insurance company. Even loyal customers who have paid their premiums on time for years may find themselves arguing with insurance adjusters about whose fault an accident was, the value of damages, what kind of coverage they have and other issues that can significantly change how much compensation they are entitled to.
If an insurance company refuses to pay a valid claim, it’s called insurance bad faith and it is illegal. An experienced South Carolina auto accident attorney can help you hold the insurance company to its end of the bargain and collect the compensation you are entitled to.
If you’ve been in an accident, it’s important to make sure that you understand your legal rights. South Carolina law on car wrecks is complex, and the deadline for filing a claim can be short. You should speak to the Louthian Law Firm as soon as you think you may need a South Carolina car accident lawyer.
We have defended the rights of accident victims and other injured South Carolinians since 1959, and we’re committed to providing personalized service to you while aggressively going after wrongdoers. And because we know how financially devastating an accident can be, we never charge you a dime until your case is won.
For a free evaluation of your case, call us today toll free at 888-829-0488 or locally at 803-454-1200. You can also fill out our online contact form.