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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, tens of thousands of people die in car accidents – the majority of which are preventable. And these numbers increase especially during the holidays. Negligent, reckless, and distracted drivers cause fatal vehicle collisions every day, as do careless roadway maintenance crews, vehicle part manufacturers, and many other parties. If you have been in a car accident in Charleston and are suffering major personal injuries or expensive property damage, trust The Hawkins Law Firm for insightful legal help and professional representation. They are conveniently located close to Charleston in Mount Pleasant, SC.
The most common cause of car accidents around the nation is human error. Drivers have a responsibility to look out for the reasonable safety of other road users, including bicyclists and pedestrians. When a driver texts and drives, talks on the phone, eats and drinks behind the wheel, falls asleep, drives drowsy, drives while intoxicated, or otherwise fails to pay attention to the road, it is a breach of duty. The Hawkins Law Firm has represented car accident cases in which the defendant was another driver, but our experience doesn’t end there. We handle all types of car accident cases, including:
Many different negligence-related situations can culminate in a devastating car accident in Charleston. No matter what the circumstances of your car accident, if you or a loved one sustained a serious personal injury, come to The Hawkins Law Firm for legal advice. You may be able to receive compensation for your damages. A lawyer can investigate your car accident, help you determine the defendant(s), and prove your case to an insurance company, judge, or jury.
The chart below displays the number of traffic crashes in the U.S. since 2013. This includes the statistics from South Carolina as well. There has been a 12% increase in accidents comparing the 2013 numbers to 2016.
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According to the data from SCDPS, the year 2015 had a significant number of reported vehicle collisions with 15,216. This is the highest number in our data set going back to 2006. The year of 06′ had 13,334 collisions. Comparing the data from 2006 to 2015, there has been a 12.36% increase in reported wrecks.
Car accidents are frightening and confusing. You suffered an injury, medical bills are pouring in, and you believe someone else was at fault. It is wise to call a Charleston car accident lawyer after any injurious crash, to learn your rights and hear your possible options for litigation. A personal injury lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind after a collision, but it may be your best option. Car insurance settlements will not always give you the compensation your injuries deserve. Instead of settling quickly with an insurance adjuster, let an experienced lawyer do the talking.
The Charleston Accident Attorneys at The Hawkins Law Firm has an in-depth understanding of car accident law in Charleston, and will pursue our clients’ claims to the fullest extent of the law. We have helped dozens of families throughout South Carolina that have suffered because of someone else’s negligence. Working with a competent, capable attorney can make a have a positive impact in the result of your car accident case. The Hawkins Law Firm’s auto accident lawyers aim to resolve your case swiftly and efficiently, either in a pre-arranged settlement or through the Charleston trial system if necessary. Our clients trust us to act in their best interests and represent them confidently.
Retaining a car accident attorney is one of the best ways to protect the integrity of your rights as an injured victim. In South Carolina, the statute of limitations to file a car accident claim with the civil courts is three years after the accident. The sooner you act, the better. Failing to bring a claim before the deadline can result in the civil courts refusing to hear your case at all.
Schedule a free consultation about your case at our convenient Mt. Pleasant office by calling The Hawkins Law Firm at (843) 737-9356 or contacting us online.
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