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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Auto Accidents and Traffic Tickets

When the police respond to an auto accident, they will often cite one or both parties with traffic violations such as speeding, following too close, or failure to yield. Sometimes a driver will be arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) following a car wreck. 

Protect your license if you are stopped for DUI

Do you live in South Carolina full time? Perhaps, you don't, but visit here annually to vacation at Myrtle Beach or another popular tourist location every summer. Either way, if you're enjoying fun in the sun or some other adventure with family and friends, chances are you're going to either ride in a car or drive one to get there. That said, many summer gatherings include alcoholic beverages, which can be a real game changer if you do plan operate a motor vehicle.

Auto Accidents and Punitive Damages

When you are injured because of another driver's negligent actions, the at-fault driver is required to fully compensate you for the losses that are attributable to the at-fault driver's negligence. They or their insurance company must pay for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and any other losses that are compensable under South Carolina law. 

Obtaining guidance when accused of drunk driving on vacation

Facing allegations for driving under the influence of alcohol can be an intimidating process, especially if your arrest occurs in an unfamiliar setting. Perhaps while vacationing at the beach, authorities arrest you and charge you with a DUI, potentially leaving you to wonder what happens next.

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