Car Accidents

Rock Hill Car Accident Attorneys

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 633 people were killed in car accidents on South Carolina roads in 2016. This was an average of 20.5 deaths per 100,000 people, making our state the third deadliest state in the country. any of these accidents were caused by distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and aggressive drivers, meaning that the majority of these crashes could’ve been prevented.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in South Carolina, it is important to understand that you are not alone. Immediately after the accident, insurance adjusters may begin circling, trying to offer you a quick and easy settlement. They may use an aggressive “take it or leave it” approach in an attempt to get you to sign the settlement quickly. Do not sign anything without first speaking to one of the experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson. These initial settlements are a fraction of what you may need to fully recover and we can help protect your rights during this time.

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Our Rock Hill Car Accident Lawyers Have Experience

Our car accident attorneys know that every car accident is slightly different and we begin building your case with this in mind. Rear end car accidents will result in different injuries than head on collisions, and car accidents that involve drunk drivers will need to be handled differently than those that involved a defective highway. From the moment you retain our services, we will begin building a case that is designed to obtain maximum compensation. Our South Carolina car accident attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of car accident cases, including:

Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Immediately following a car accident, the steps you take can have a significant impact on your ability to file a claim and collect the money you need. After your car accident, take the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Call 911
  • File a Police Report
  • Seek Medical Help
  • Gather Evidence
    • The other driver’s insurance information and driver’s license information
    • Other car’s license plate information and description
    • Eyewitness contact information
    • Photos of the crash scene
    • Written account
    • Copy of police report
  • Call an Attorney

How Do I Get a Car Accident Report in South Carolina?

Car accident reports can be useful evidence when filing a claim or litigating your case. You can get a car accident report in South Carolina from the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you are in Rock Hill, try using the links listed below:

Collecting Damages after a Car Accident

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, South Carolina law allows you three years from the date of the accident to file an injury claim seeking damages. You can seek both economic damages and non-economic damages after an accident. Economic damages include any quantifiable expenses, such as medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings and car repairs. Non-economic damages are more difficult to determine because they’re subjective in nature. Examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and decreased quality of life. In some cases, injured accident victims may even be able to pursue punitive damages against a negligent party.

UM/UIM Claims in South Carolina

In some car accidents, the at-fault driver may lack car insurance. If an underinsured or uninsured driver hits you and causes property damage or injuries, then you may need to file a UM/UIM claim through your insurance provider.

South Carolina law requires insurance providers in our state to offer underinsured motorist coverage. However, you can opt out of this coverage for a lower premium. Make sure you have UM/UIM coverage on your policy, otherwise it could be difficult to recover compensation after a crash with an uninsured or underinsured driver.

Does It Cost Anything to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?

Car accident lawyers, including us, take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do now owe us certain fees unless we successfully obtain a car accident settlement or jury verdict.

Additionally, many personal injury attorneys offer free consultations, including us. You can contact our Rock Hill car accident lawyers for a free consultation. We will explain your legal rights and possible options after a car accident.

Modified Comparative Negligence in South Carolina

South Carolina law may prevent you from obtaining compensation if you are 51 percent or more responsible for causing a wreck. If you are less than 51 percent at fault, you may be able to still obtain compensation for your damages. Your damages would be reduced based on your percentage of fault.

Speak to a Rock Hill accident attorney at the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson Jr. to learn more about comparative negligence in South Carolina.

Contact Our Rock Hill Car Accident Attorneys Today

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Lancaster, or anywhere in the state of South Carolina, you may be struggling with lifelong injuries, pain, and suffering. When this occurs, you need a Rock Hill car accident lawyer on your side to help you fight for compensation Call us today at (803) 324-7200 (Rock Hill), (803) 289-7202 (Lancaster), (803) 396-5200 (Fort Mill), or fill out our confidential contact form. With offices conveniently located in Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Lancaster, we are here when you need us. Call us today for a free case evaluation.