From a fender-bender to a more serious crash, a car accident has grave consequences for those who suffer injuries due to another person’s careless driving. For a victim, there may be emergency treatment, immediate care, or surgery. The road to recovery can be a long one, with significant pain and suffering along the way. Victims are often unable to work after sustaining injuries, leading to financial hardship that impacts the entire family.
At Walker Morgan, our car accident attorneys fight for the rights of injured victims, ensuring you get the full compensation allowed under South Carolina law. We’re at your side to protect your interests, whether in settlement negotiations or in court.
Lexington, SC Lawyers Pursue Your Right to Compensation
Many car accident cases are based upon the legal theory of negligence, which means you must prove that:
- The responsible driver had a duty to operate the vehicle safely;
- He or she failed in the duty to drive safely, leading to a risk of harm to others;
- The breach of duty caused the car crash, and you were injured; and,
- You suffered losses as a result.
If successful in satisfying these elements, you may be entitled to compensation for such damages as:
- The costs of medical treatment for your injuries, including brain injury, spinal cord damage, broken bones, burns, and other bodily harm;
- Pain and suffering;
- Your lost income, if you were unable to work;
- Emotional distress;
- Losses related to the effects on your personal relationships; and,
- Other amounts, depending on your circumstances.
Dealing with the Responsible Driver’s Insurance Company
It’s important to note that, while it was the driver’s actions that led to your injuries, there are other parties involved in a typical car accident case. South Carolina law requires motorists to carry certain amounts of liability insurance, which means you’ll be pursuing a claim with an insurer instead of directly through the driver.
Insurance companies are businesses, so they put their own bottom line first. They don’t make a profit by paying out large sums to victims of accidents. Instead, an insurer will fight aggressively to protect company interests, usually by offering low-ball settlement amounts or denying your claim entirely. At times, an insurance company may even try to pin some of the blame on you, thereby reducing your compensation under state contributory negligence laws. Our attorneys will ensure any settlement amount is enough to fully compensate you for your losses and, if it’s not, we’ll take the battle to court.
Consult with a Lexington Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve suffered injuries in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, South Carolina law provides you with options to recover compensation for your losses. However, these cases are complex and you put your rights at risk unless you have an experienced lawyer to represent your interests. Our knowledgeable car accident attorneys at Walker Morgan have extensive experience in these cases, and we’re here to help. Please check us out online or contact our Lexington, SC office at 803.636.8790 with questions or to schedule a free consultation.