Car accidents can have devastating impacts on a person’s life, and if you were recently hurt in one that was caused by another driver, you can depend on a Columbia car accident lawyer here at our firm to help you in pursuit of the compensation you deserve. Contact Mann, Blake & Jackson today to learn more about car accidents in South Carolina and how we can help if you’ve been hurt in one.
Columbia Car Accident Lawyer | Fighting for You
Over the years, our legal team has handled countless car accident claims on behalf of our wrongfully injured clients, and we take pride in providing the wrongfully injured with their rightful compensation. With a Columbia personal injury lawyer from our firm on your side, you can rest assured, knowing that your case is our top priority. We also handle a wide array of additional auto accident cases, including those involving motorcycles, trucks, bicycles, pedestrians, buses, ridesharing services, and more. No matter the auto accident you were hurt in, you can lean on us when you need help most.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in South Carolina
Car accidents can occur for a wide array of reasons, such as inclement weather conditions, poor road conditions, and more. However, as you may know, car accidents are most frequently caused by driver negligence. Just some of the types of driver negligence that our firm most commonly sees are as follows:
- Drunk Driving: Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is among the leading causes of auto accidents in South Carolina and throughout the United States, especially around the holidays. These accidents are frequently devastating and result in serious injury to all involved.
- Driving While Tired: Drowsy driving, or otherwise driving while too tired to do so can slow reaction time and lead to accidents.
Speeding: In most cases, when an auto accident occurs, at least one of the drivers was traveling even slightly over the speed limit. Understand, however, that speed limits are in place for a reason–you cannot travel safely at speeds that exceed them. Those who do, and cause accidents as a result, can be, and often are, held responsible.
- Disregarding Traffic Signs/Lights: Just as speed limits are in place to protect the safety of those on the road, so are all other traffic lights and signs. Ignoring those signs is sure to put other motorists and pedestrians at risk.
- Distracted Driving: The most common form of distracted driving that our firm sees is texting while driving, however, there are various other ways in which motorists can operate their vehicles while distracted. This can include eating while driving, or even applying makeup while driving.
If you were harmed in an accident by a driver who was doing any of the aforementioned, there is a strong chance that you will have a valid personal injury claim and should qualify for compensation.
MedPay in South Carolina
Motorists in South Carolina have the option of purchasing MedPay, a form of no-fault insurance designed to compensate them for the medical bills they’ve incurred due to an accident, regardless of who caused the accident. MedPay is different from PIP in that it solely compensates injured motorists and their passengers for their medical bills, and not for the cost of their lost wages from being unable to return to work. For this reason, even if you have MedPay, it is often best to simply speak with an experienced Columbia car accident lawyer who can fight for the full compensation to which you are entitled.
Modified Comparative Negligence in SC Car Accidents
You should note that the state of South Carolina observes what is known as “modified comparative negligence” when it comes to determining liability in auto accidents. Simply put, modified comparative negligence means that the compensation you receive in an auto accident claim will be reduced by the amount of fault assigned to you. So, if it is determined that you were 20% at fault for an accident, you will receive 20% less of the compensation you would have received, had the accident been 100% the other driver’s fault. This is why it is so important that you hire a skilled attorney who can help ensure your side of the story is heard and that insurance companies see it your way.
The compensation you receive should help you cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and more. Our firm’s goal is to help you receive the maximum compensation, and we will fight for you, every step of the way.
Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Injury Claims in SC
The statute of limitations for car accident claims in South Carolina is, typically, three years. This gives wrongfully injured parties three years from the date of their accident to file personal injury claims. Waiting longer than three years will most likely bar a person from suing. Remember, the sooner you bring your case to us, the sooner we can start working towards the compensation you need to heal.
Contact a Columbia Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents happen every single day in South Carolina, but if you’ve been hurt in one, you owe it to yourself to retain the services of a seasoned personal injury attorney who can fight for the compensation you deserve. We have helped victims of negligence in Columbia and throughout South Carolina for decades, and we are prepared to assist you as well. Contact Mann, Blake & Jackson today to schedule your free initial consultation with our legal team.