The car accident attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP are well respected for their vigorous representation of clients in personal injury law. Since 1979, the firm has been dedicated to helping victims injured by negligence. Our firm successfully handles all types of accident claims, recovering fair settlements and verdicts for clients in Greenville, Spartanburg, Gaffney, Anderson and other areas of South Carolina.
Car accidents are inevitable in Greenville and throughout South Carolina. In fact, nearly 10 million motor vehicle accidents occur every year in the United States. Anyone who has driven through the Upstate of South Carolina knows how dangerous I-85 and other, secondary roads can be. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the leading cause of accidental injuries and death in the country. Because of their frequency, South Carolina state law requires motorists to carry auto liability insurance. The purpose of the insurance to provide a source of recovery from the at fault driver for injury and property damage he has caused, protecting the innocent from financial loss in case of a crash.
South Carolina state law provides a remedy to victims injured by negligence. This refers to careless conduct that “breaches” a legal duty owed to another. Car accidents, for example, are usually caused by negligence, which describes one motorist’s breach of a legal duty to innocent parties. If this careless conduct causes an accident, injuring others, drivers who are at-fault are liable and responsible for any damages caused by their conduct1. Recovering compensation in a personal injury claim requires proving that the motorist’s negligence harmed the victim. This means that the victim’s bodily injury or wrongful death can be traced back to the accident caused by negligent driving.
Common examples of negligent driving include:
- DUI and being intoxicated
- Improperly maintained vehicle
- Speeding and unsafe lane changes
- Inexperience or lack of attention
- Violating basic traffic rules and ignoring signals
- Delayed response to road hazards
- Failure to stop or yield right of way
- Impaired vision in inclement weather
- Talking, texting, and other distracted driving behavior
- Lack of buffer zone between other vehicles
South Carolina law holds negligent drivers liable for injuries sustained in an accident. The victim can begin by filing a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. But injured parties should be aware that these companies want to limit their liability for the accident. If you’ve been injured, it is therefore not in your best interests give a recorded statement or talk to the other party’s agent about the accident or the extent of your injury. An experienced attorney can advocate for your rights and maximize your financial recovery. Do not feel pressured to accept the first available offer before talking to a qualified representative. If the other driver’s insurance policy limit does not fully cover your injuries or an offer is inadequate, filing a personal injury suit may help. This allows you to recover full compensation for injuries, medical expenses, lost income, and damages for the mental anguish you suffered as a result of the crash. In wrongful death cases, surviving family members are also entitled to damages for funeral costs and the lost relationship with the deceased.
With rising costs and a scarcity of work, some drivers have opted to cancel their insurance policies and take the risk upon themselves. Fortunately, all insurance policies in South Carolina include coverage to protect them from uninsured motorists. In the event you are injured by an uninsured driver, do not take that to mean that you do not have a case. Our law firm frequently makes successful recoveries in cases involving uninsured motorists.
If you were injured in a traffic collision, contact the experienced South Carolina car accident lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson today. Our litigation team is respected for its hard work in personal injury law. For over 40 years, we have helped accident victims recover compensation from liable parties and get back on their feet. Whether your injury was caused by the negligent driver of a car, truck, or other vehicle, we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. At Grimes Teich Anderson, we are devoted to providing you with high quality legal representation and to maximizing your recovery at trial or settlement. For a free consultation, call 800.533.6845 or contact us online.