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South Carolina and Horry County Auto Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), South Carolina had 977 traffic fatalities in 2015, the most recent year with available data. Horry County and the Myrtle Beach area have led the state in traffic fatalities since at least 2011 with the number of fatalities increasingly each year. Drunk driving has contributed significantly to the death toll on our state's highways, with 309 of the 977 total deaths in 2015 attributed to alcohol impairment.

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Why Won't the Insurance Company Pay My Auto Accident Claim?

Our goal in auto accident cases is to get full compensation for every element of damages that our client is entitled to receive. The insurance company's goal is exactly the opposite. They want to pay the least amount possible and they will look for every excuse to deny your claim, pay less than your claim is worth, or delay paying your claim for as long as possible. There are many reasons for an insurance company to deny or reduce a claim. Some of them are valid legally, but many are just excuses and tactics that insurance companies use to save money.

Your Injuries are Fake or Exaggerated

Auto Accident Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries such as whiplash are common in auto accidents. Although they can result in extreme pain that may last for years, insurance companies will often refuse to pay full compensation for these injuries because of the difficulty in proving them. If you have suffered soft tissue neck or back injuries following a car crash in the Myrtle Beach or Horry County area, your auto accident lawyer at Axelrod and Associates will fight to help you recover full compensation from the at-fault driver.

What are Soft Tissue Injuries?

Self-Driving Cars and Auto Accident Law

Self-driving cars are here and it is widely predicted that they will be the transportation of the future. Several companies have received permits to test their self-driving vehicles on public roads, and the results thus far have been promising but not without incident. An Uber self-driving car was involved in an accident in Arizona this year although the other driver was cited for failure to yield. The driver of a Tesla self-driving car was killed last year in Florida when it collided with a truck, and one of Google's self-driving cars crashed with a bus last year as it attempted to maneuver around an obstacle.

Are Self-Driving Cars Safer?

Can I Afford a Myrtle Beach Auto Accident Lawyer?

In most cases, you do not have to pay anything to retain your personal injury lawyer at Axelrod and Associates. We will provide a free consultation to review your case. If we accept your case, it will ordinarily be on a contingency fee basis, and you do not pay any attorney fees unless we win your case through a settlement or jury verdict.

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Bad Weather and Auto Accidents - Who is at Fault?

If you are involved in a car crash during bad weather conditions, the insurance company may attempt to deny your claim by blaming the accident on the inclement weather. In most cases, weather does not cause accidents. People cause auto accidents by failing to take proper care to drive safely regardless of the weather conditions, and, most likely, at least one party to the accident was guilty of negligence.

We can't sue bad weather to recover compensation for your injuries. We can, however, recover damages from a negligent driver who did not take reasonable care to drive safely under adverse conditions such as:

Reducing the stress of a collision while on vacation

The beach is a popular destination for many families who are on break from school and/or work. Perhaps you and your family recently set out to enjoy the view of the ocean in South Carolina only to have an accident interrupt your vacation time.

While you may have been looking forward to this trip for months, being involved in a collision probably wasn't part of your original plans. However, if you have a general idea of what to do after an accident, the process might go more smoothly.

After a Myrtle Beach car accident

Millions of visitors come to Myrtle Beach every year. Unfortunately, some are injured in accidents involving motor vehicles.

Getting injured in an accident is always a difficult thing to deal with. Getting injured while on vacation is doubly so. Here are some tips on what you should do I you are injured in Myrtle Beach.

Protect yourself from distracted drivers

South Carolina distracted driving laws are among the weakest in the nation. As a result, visitors to Myrtle Beach and other South Carolina destinations need to be especially vigilant for drivers who may not have their eyes on the road.

Distracted driving is a leading cause of serious injury to pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and other drivers.

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