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What to Do When Your Car is Being Recalled

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Every year in America, motor vehicle manufacturers issue thousands of recalls. Many of these are safety recalls involving defective parts that make it dangerous to drive your vehicle. Knowing if your vehicle is subject to a recall can help keep you safe. Having a defective vehicle with a recalled part may seem like a nuisance, but fixing it can improve the safety of your vehicle overall. It is important to know your rights if your vehicle is recalled. Continue reading to see what you need to do when a motor vehicle product recall is issued, learn where to check for a recall notice, and discover how the personal injury lawyers at HawkLaw, P…

How is Fault Determined in a Left Hand Turn Accident?

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 40% of all crashes in the United States occur at intersections. Most of these crashes involve a vehicle making a left-hand turn. These left-turn crashes happen all the time, and the injuries they cause can be truly catastrophic. Left-turn collisions may leave victims with debilitating damage from serious injuries, including neck and back injuries, broken bones, and even traumatic brain injury (TBI). If you were in a car crash or other accident involving a car making a left turn in South Carolina, our car accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you need to…

How is Fault Determined in a T-bone Accident?

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In 2020, side-impact car crashes, also known as T-bone collisions or broadside collisions, accounted for almost 23% of all car accident deaths across the United States. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2020 alone saw 6,500 car accidents involving the side of the vehicle that resulted in fatalities. T-bone accidents are dangerous because they often occur at high speeds when someone is turning or blazing through a busy intersection. They can cause serious injuries and even death. If you were involved in a T-bone accident and find yourself seriously injured, do not hesitate to call the dogged South Car…

What to Do if Your Car Was Crashed by an Unlicensed Driver

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Every South Carolina driver is required to have a valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle within the state. In most cases, drivers never question whether another driver has their license — everyone assumes that others follow the law, just like they do. However, that is not always the case, and driving without a license can come with stiff penalties. That is why an unlicensed driver is more likely to flee the scene of an accident. If that happens, you might be left hurt, alone, and afraid. You also might not know what to do to protect your legal rights in that situation. If you have been involved in an accident with an unlicensed driver…

What is the Average Payout for a Rear End Accident?

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Rear-end car accident cases in South Carolina are not always as cut and dried as they may seem. It is true that whether you were brake checking or the other car is tailgating you, or both, or in some different situation, rear-end car crashes usually have a clear driver who is liable for the accident. If someone has hit you from behind in a rear-end car accident, you may still be wondering what to do next. The experienced car accident lawyers at the HawkLaw, P.A. law firm are ready to assist you with gathering evidence, building a strong accident injury claim, and negotiating with insurance adjusters on your behalf. You do not have to go it…

Who is Responsible for a Wide Turn Truck Accident?

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Trucks often need to make wide turns to avoid falling over due to their weight and size. Just one slight wrong move can lead to disaster. If a trucker makes an error while turning, it puts other drivers at risk of a tip-over or rollover truck accident, which can cause devastating injuries. If you or a loved one experience a collision with a semi-truck or another commercial vehicle due to no fault of your own, the truck accident attorneys at HawkLaw, P.A. can help. Our legal team is well-equipped to provide you with sound legal advice as we prepare for your personal injury case. Give our South Carolina law firm a call at 888-HAWKLAW for a f…

South Carolina Aggressive Driving vs. Road Rage

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Road rage and aggressive driving make the streets more dangerous for other drivers who operate their vehicles with the precautions and safety practices you would expect. Unfortunately, encountering aggressive driving and road rage are the reality of how some motorists act. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving played a role in almost 56% of fatal crashes from 2003 to 2007. The majority of which involved excessive speed. These statistics do not even account for the thousands of preventable injuries. When it comes to road safety, you want to identify — and avoid — dangerous drivers, but t…

What Would Be Considered Reckless Driving?

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Did you know that South Carolina is home to some of the worst drivers in the country? A 2022 study by Car Insurance Comparison listed South Carolina as number three in their list of states with the worst drivers in the United States. South Carolina tied for second worst in careless driving and speeding. South Carolina’s third-worst ranking was based largely on its total death rate per million miles traveled—1.73. This rate is the worst in the country. It is unclear why South Carolina ranks in the top for “worst states” for drivers. Most of the causes of fatal car accidents are due to speeding and impaired driving, and South Carolina has sp…

Am I Liable If Someone Steals My Car and Crashes It?

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Waking up to find your car missing can be a terrible feeling. The experience is even more gutwrenching if you discover that your missing car has been involved in an accident. You are sure to have questions about who is liable for injuries and property damage. The car belongs to you, but someone else was driving it without your permission. What if the person who stole your car was the at-fault driver? Where does the responsibility lie for damages caused in a car crash with a stolen vehicle? Continue reading to see what might happen if your stolen car is involved in an accident. Learn if you need to contact one of our experienced South Carol…

How to Protect Against Hydroplaning When Driving

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Over the past 20 years, dozens of lawsuits and injury claims have been filed against the South Carolina Department of Transportation on behalf of those killed or severely injured in catastrophic auto accidents involving hydroplaning vehicles. These have resulted in millions of dollars in payouts, settlements, and judgments, according to a report by the Greenville News. A 2010 study from Clemson University further revealed that hydroplaning accidents were among the leading causes cited in lawsuits against the DOT, with 74% of these cases resulting in awards to the plaintiff. Were you in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident involving hydropl…
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