Car accidents happen every day, and it’s rare to find a driver that hasn’t been in at least one. Many of them may be minor and don’t need an insurance claim. But when they do, you need the help of a car accident lawyer to ensure you receive maximum compensation.
Miller, Dawson, Sigal & Ward helps the people in the Charleston region with their car accident claims. Our Folly Beach car accident attorneys will negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf to seek the full value of your car accident. It may be worth more than you think.
Improving Your Chances After a Car Accident
The two most important things you need to do after a car accident are to contact the police and take photos of the scene, if you can. If you are taken straight to the hospital, the police will probably contact you once you’re recovered to get your story.
By contacting the police and exchanging information, you fulfill your legal obligations. If you get into a wreck and there is no police contact, you may need to visit the DMV website to make an accident report via Form FR-309. If you don’t do this, your license could be suspended.
Taking photos and videos of the scene, the damage, and your injuries is evidence we can use to pursue a claim to its full value. You can even take video if your smartphone allows it. You should also see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident for a diagnosis, even if you feel fine.
How We’ll Help Your Car Accident Investigation
Our Folly Beach car accident lawyers do much more than negotiate with insurance companies and go to trial for you. We are your advocates and work to get you the most compensation you can receive. To do this, we do things like:
- Gather information and evidence from witnesses and reports
- Calculate the true value of your case based on evidence and past experience
- Serve as a go-between for you and the insurance companies
- Fight hard to prove the value of your claim to the insurance company
- Work to refute any counterclaims they have about negligence or faulty evidence
- Handle getting compensation from the insurer after a settlement or judgment
- Take your case to court, if necessary, to have the state decide the matter
- Keep you updated on all matters related to your case
The advice we give you will preserve the value of your case and, potentially, increase it. For instance, a medical test might reveal hidden damage you wouldn’t have known was there until after settling. We may recommend a type of test to see if it’s there, and fold its cost into your final settlement.
How We’ll Estimate the Value of Your Case
Every car accident is unique, so any valuation of a case depends on the evidence. We will start by gathering all the information you have about the costs of your case. Things like your medical bills, the time you’ve had to take off work, and other costs we can put a dollar amount on.
Then, we’ll compare your case to similar cases in our files to see if you may qualify for non-economic damages like pain and suffering, and add those in to get a good estimate for what the value of your case is.
If we feel your case needs the help of a car accident lawyer to realize its full value, we will tell you so and offer our services. If not, we will be clear about why and give you advice on what to do to make the best claim you can on your own.
What If I Was Partially at Fault for My Car Accident?
Many car accidents have multiple parties who all could share some of the responsibility. As long as you are less than 50% at fault, you may claim damages under South Carolina’s fault system. The state uses a modified comparative negligence standard for sharing fault.
If you share some of the blame for your accident, your percentage of fault will lower your compensation. Let’s say you were T-boned at an intersection and you had the light, but you didn’t wear a seat belt. Your seat belt would have protected you, so you share some of the negligence.
If you were to win a hypothetical $80,000 for your accident, but shared 20% of the fault, you would only receive $64,000 under this system. Car accident lawyers also work to discredit evidence put forth by the insurance companies that you shared fault.
Speak With a Car Accident Lawyer in Folly Beach
Our car accident lawyers in Folly Beach and throughout the Charleston area have helped thousands of people with pursuing compensation. We’ve helped them receive millions of dollars over our years of practice. Now, it’s your turn to receive compensation.
Start by calling the Thumbs Up Guys at the number on your screen or filling out our online contact form. A member of our team will reach out to you to schedule an appointment. Your consultation is free and without obligation.