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Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in America. Aside from health-related causes such as cancer or heart problems, the Number 1 cause of death for people in the first half of life is injuries. Although the number of driver safety campaigns has increased in recent years, distracted and negligent driving has also risen – in large part due to mobile technologies. Today’s drivers must be more vigilant than ever to avoid being the victim of a negligence-related car accident. If you do end up in a collision in South Carolina, come to the Hawkins Law Firm for help.
With over 20 years of personal injury law experience in South Carolina, John D. Hawkins has represented a wide variety of car accident cases. The Hawkins Law Firm has offices based in Charleston, Greenville, and Spartanburg, SC, but we take cases from dozens of counties throughout the state. Our team of attorneys has the skill and resources to handle most types of car accidents, including:
Whether a car accident involved a negligent driver, vehicle manufacturer’s mistake, or something the city did or didn’t do to provide safe roadways, we can help litigate your case. Car accidents can be incredibly damaging, leaving the victims to suffer lifelong disabilities and emotional traumas. One second of negligence can cause a great deal of pain. Fight against negligent parties by pursuing a personal injury case against them.
Car accidents are preventable personal injury events. The majority of car accidents results from human error. A driver may fail to maintain a vehicle’s brakes properly, for example, leading to a deadly pedestrian collision at a crosswalk. Many forms of driver negligence plague roadways. Defining negligence and learning how to prove it in a car accident are a victim’s only chance at securing compensation.
Negligence is the act of behaving in a manner that is thoughtless or careless and can potentially cause harm to others. Examples of negligence behind the wheel are speeding, running a red light, and failing to stop for a pedestrian. Negligence is the theory on which the law bases almost every car accident case. All drivers have a duty to avoid injuring others they encounter on the roadway. When a driver breaches this duty, causing a harmful accident, the courts will hold the driver liable for injuries and property damage.
Every driver has certain duties behind the wheel of a vehicle. A vehicle is, in essence, a weapon that can harm and kill others on the road. As such, every driver has a responsibility to drive with reasonable care.
Here are a few main duties every driver has in South Carolina:
Failing these duties in any capacity can result in a fatal collision. When a driver doesn’t take his or her responsibilities seriously, causing a crash, the victims have the right to pursue compensation with a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
To prove negligence in a car accident case, the plaintiff needs the help of a capable personal injury attorney. Our attorneys will investigate the crash and gather evidence in hopes of proving a defendant’s negligence. The Hawkins Law Firm has a team of investigators for this purpose. The investigators will revisit the scene of the accident, take photographic evidence, review your injuries, and re-create the crash.
Proving negligence in a car accident case requires the plaintiff to have evidence of four main elements:
Negligence is the basis of every personal injury lawsuit. The Hawkins Law Firm has the experience to represent your case during mediation or in front of a jury.
South Carolina abides by comparative fault rules in car accident cases.
For example, if a pedestrian crossed the road without waiting for the walk signal, but the driver was texting and driving, the courts in South Carolina, with comparative fault rules, would likely assign partial responsibility to both parties, awarding them both a fraction of the total settlement.
A car accident is one of the most traumatic experiences the body can go through. In many cases, the human body simply can’t withstand the incredible gravitational forces a car accident exerts. In car accidents that don’t result in death, the victims can suffer painful fractures, contusions, internal injuries, and worse. Virtually every part of the body is susceptible to injury in a car accident. The most common car accident injuries include:
When someone else’s negligence is responsible for your injury, you deserve a monetary award to pay for your medical bills, at the very least. In most cases, you’ll have missed days at work and need compensation for your lost wages. After a car accident, get in touch with the Hawkins Law Firm for a consultation.
Damages are the types of compensation you’re eligible to receive in a case. When you file a claim against a defendant for causing a car accident, there are certain recoveries you can obtain if you win a settlement. This compensation can pay for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. If a loved one died in a car accident, the decedent’s family members may also be eligible to receive certain compensation for a wrongful death claim. You can seek monetary compensation in a car accident case for three types of losses:
Compensation amounts will vary greatly depending on each case’s individual circumstances and the victim’s damages. Your final settlement amount ultimately depends on your ability to negotiate during mediation or during a trial. When you know how much your case is worth, you can more confidently negotiate with insurance adjusters or the defendant’s attorney. Partner with an experienced personal injury attorney in South Carolina for your best opportunity to obtain fair compensation.
The Hawkins Law Firm is dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients. From the initial consultation to receiving your settlement check, we’ll stand by your side every step of the way. Our loyal staff makes filing a personal injury claim with South Carolina’s civil courts easy. With offices in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Charleston we have a regional reach throughout South Carolina.
A car accident can change your life. Regain some of what you lost with legal help from the Hawkins Law Firm. Call 888-HAWKLAW to set up your free consultation* today.