Car accidents are always devastating, but not all are your fault. Seek out a car accident lawyer in Spartanburg if you’re struggling to prove the other driver was at fault, so you can focus on your recovery.
Car accidents are a painful part of life that many of us try to avoid. Chances are you’ve driven past at least a fender bender, if not a more serious accident, and thought that you were glad that wasn’t you. Unfortunately, now you’ve suffered a major injury in a car accident, and you’re struggling to recover.
While the safety measures auto manufacturers now take can help, a car crash can be a scary, dangerous event. Few people walk away without a scratch, which means you might be spending months or even years recovering. In some cases, permanent physical and mental damage are a sad reality.
When a car crash happens, you’ll need compensation to fully recover. That can be hard to fight for alone, so reach out to a Spartanburg car accident lawyer. At HawkLaw, PA, we’re committed to getting you the full compensation you deserve.
Unfortunately, while cars have only gotten safer over time, there’s still a major risk of injury. A car accident causes blunt-force trauma to your body, which can damage both bones and organs. The force of coming to a stop after high speeds can be traumatic in itself, but that’s not the only thing that can harm you. A fire may break out, and flying glass can do plenty of damage, too.
As such, you’ll need to ensure that you get care and compensation for any of the following injuries:
Once you’ve been treated for your injuries, you’ll need to seek out the person responsible for the accident. South Carolina is a fault state, which means that if someone causes an accident, they’re also responsible for the cost of the accident.
Unfortunately, that’s not always straightforward. For example, the person responsible may have been on the clock, which means they might not be responsible for their actions. Instead, you might need to seek compensation from their employer.
Even if your accident was a single-vehicle crash, our auto attorneys will review the scene and determine whether someone else was responsible. For example, a defect in the road can cause drivers to lose control of their cars and crash. In this case, you’d need to file a claim against the government to cover your care. In other cases, a careless manufacturer and their defective part may have caused your crash.
If you’re not sure who or what caused the crash, you’ll need to reach out for help before you file. We’ll investigate your claim and make sure the person responsible for your injuries pays for the damage they’ve caused.
Once you’ve found the at-fault party, your first option is usually your insurance. All South Carolina drivers are required to carry some insurance, so you may be able to recover without taking your claim to court.
The at-fault party will be the financially responsible party, but you’ll have two options for a settlement: your insurance company or a third-party claim. If you choose to file a claim with your insurance company, you’ll simply need to report the accident, explain that the other driver was at fault, and give them the other driver’s insurance information.
From there, they’ll investigate your claim, then decide if you’re owed a settlement. They’ll make you an offer, and then they’ll pursue the other insurer for repayment for your injuries. A third-party settlement, however, means that you’ll file a claim directly with the other driver’s insurer.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that the insurance companies will be eager to cover you. They’re for-profit companies, which means that they’re thinking about their money, not your settlement. As such, you might see a slow response, no response, or a settlement offer that simply doesn’t cover your needs. In these cases, you’ll need to take your claim to court for your full compensation.
So, what does full compensation mean? You know that you’ll need coverage for all the damages you’ve suffered, but you might not be sure where to start. When you’re injured, it can be overwhelming. For South Carolina drivers, however, compensation that provides both economic and non-economic damages should cover all your suffering.
The first thing on your mind, once you’ve physically recovered, may be, “How am I going to pay for all this?” Even if you’re financially comfortable, a car crash can be expensive. You might be dealing with life-saving but costly treatment; your car is totaled; and now you’re unable to work. All these economic damages can be overwhelming, so you’ll need to add them up and estimate future costs.
Sadly, it’s not just your finances that will be affected by your auto accident. Non-economic damages can affect your mental and emotional well-being, making it difficult to recover from the trauma of an accident. For example, even if you weren’t seriously injured, you might suffer from anxiety or PTSD, which can affect your daily functioning.
Unfortunately, these damages are difficult to calculate. For example, while you know that your spinal injury and paralysis caused a loss of enjoyment of life, how much is that worth? For nonfinancial losses, you’ll need the tools a car accident attorney can provide. These resources can help you calculate the relative impact of your injuries and what those injuries are worth.
Once you’ve spoken to your lawyer about who’s at fault and what you’re owed, you’ll be ready to file a claim in court. However, you’ll still need help with your case. South Carolina laws can affect your claim. If you’re not prepared to deal with these statutes, you could lose part or all your compensation.
First, be sure that you’re acting in time. Spartanburg residents will need to file their claims within three years of the crash. If they don’t, their claim could be dismissed entirely. Fortunately, this means that you’ll likely have more and fresher evidence for your claim. Evidence can decay or be lost over time, so take advantage of your options early.
Once you’ve filed your claim, you’ll also need to prepare for defending your claim. Unfortunately, many accidents aren’t solely the fault of one driver, which means that you might be held partly responsible for the accident and have your compensation reduced. For example, if you’re found 15 percent at fault, you’ll only receive 85 percent of your compensation, so we’ll fight back to avoid this.
It’s unfortunate, but a car crash can be difficult to recover from without help. You’re suffering both physically and mentally, and that can be tough to overcome. Fortunately, that’s where our lawyers at HawkLaw, PA can step in. If you’re struggling to get the compensation you need, we’ll fight back for you.
We’ll get started on your personal injury claim with a free consultation*. We want you to know that we’re the right team for your case before you sign anything. So, take advantage of our consults and get the direction you need for your car accident claim.
When you’re ready to get started, your Spartanburg car accident lawyer is ready to help. Reach out by calling 1-888-HAWK-LAW (429-5529) or by filling out the online form below.