Auto Accident Attorneys in Myrtle Beach, SC
With over 100 years of combined experience, the auto accident lawyers at Axelrod & Associates are here for you if you have been hurt in a car wreck in SC.
We understand that an auto accident can turn your life upside down. You may find yourself dealing with the stress of insurance companies, lost time from your job, medical bills, and vehicle repairs while you are trying to recover from injuries caused by a careless driver.
Our lawyers are here to help you deal with the insurance companies and get paid the maximum compensation you are entitled to under SC law. Our attorneys have experience handling all types of auto accident cases throughout South Carolina, including:
- Trucking accidents/ eighteen wheelers,
- Drunk driving accidents/ DUI accidents,
- Motorcycle accidents,
- Moped accidents,
- Pedestrian accidents/ bicycle accidents,
- Property damage claims and diminution in value,
- Purchasing vehicle insurance in South Carolina,
- MedPay and PIP claims, and
- Common types of injuries in auto accidents.
How a Myrtle Beach Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident in SC, your Myrtle Beach car accident attorneys on the Axelrod team will:
- Meet with you to answer your questions and learn about your case – we will come to you if you are hospitalized and cannot come to our office,
- Investigate your accident, retaining an accident reconstructionist when appropriate,
- Gather the evidence you need to prove your auto accident claim,
- Locate and interview witnesses,
- Identify all possible sources of recovery and insurance policies,
- Help you to get the medical treatment you need,
- Demand full and fair compensation from the at-fault party or their insurer,
- Negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf,
- File a personal injury lawsuit and litigate your claim, and
- Try your case to a jury if the insurance companies do not agree to pay the full and fair value of your claim.
Identifying the Responsible Parties
Your Myrtle Beach car accident lawyer on the Axelrod team will identify all possible sources of recovery, including the driver or drivers who are liable for the crash, any third parties that may have contributed to the crash, and all insurance policies that may provide coverage for the collision.
If you were partially at fault for the auto accident, you may still be entitled to some compensation. SC follows a modified comparative negligence rule that says you are entitled to recover damages if you were 50% at fault or less, although your recovery will be reduced by the percentage of fault found by the jury.
Your attorney will help you to get the medical attention that you need – it is important that you are thoroughly checked out, that you follow all doctor’s recommendations, and that you have either 1) finished all medical treatment or 2) have an accurate estimate of your future medical expenses before accepting any settlement offer from an insurance company.
Your auto accident lawyer at Axelrod & Associates will assist in gathering your medical records, retaining experts to establish the extent of your damages and future costs associated with your injuries, and presenting your claim to the insurance company or a jury.
FAQ for Auto Accident Lawyers in Myrtle Beach, SC
If you have been involved in an auto accident, you may have questions.
Below, we provide some general information, but you should contact a Myrtle Beach car accident attorney immediately to discuss the specifics of your case and to find out what your options are.
What types of damages am I entitled to after a car wreck in SC?
When applicable, you are entitled to compensation for:
- All medical costs, including ER, EMS, and doctor’s bills,
- Medications and medical equipment,
- Future medical expenses, including long-term care when needed,
- Pain and suffering,
- Property damage,
- Lost wages and future lost income,
- Loss of consortium,
- Disfigurement or scarring,
- Other financial losses caused by the accident, and
- Punitive damages when the defendant’s conduct was grossly negligent or intentional.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
Immediately after an auto accident, you should:
- Report the accident to law enforcement and wait for them to arrive,
- If it is safe to do so, get contact information for any witnesses,
- If it is safe to do so, take photographs of the accident scene, roadway, and damage to the vehicles,
- Get medical treatment and follow up on any recommendations by EMS or emergency room doctors,
- Decline to give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company, and
- Contact an auto accident lawyer in Myrtle Beach.
Do I Need a Myrtle Beach Auto Accident Attorney?
If you were injured in an auto accident while on vacation in the Myrtle Beach area, you will want to meet with a local auto accident lawyer immediately – before you leave town.
Although your attorney back home can help you to research local attorneys to find the right attorney for you and your case, you will need an attorney who 1) knows SC law on liability and damages, 2) is licensed to practice law in SC, and 3) is familiar with the local courts, defense attorneys, and procedures.
Is SC a “No-Fault” State?
SC is not a no-fault state.
In SC, the party whose negligence caused the accident is responsible for the damage they caused. You must prove 1) negligence, 2) proximate cause, and 3) damages before you can recover compensation for your auto accident.
What Should I Do When the Other Driver’s Insurance Company Calls Me?
The other driver’s insurance company will attempt to limit or deny your personal injury claim – one way they do this is by calling you soon after the accident and asking you for a recorded statement. They will ask you questions that are designed to prove that you were at fault or that you are not entitled to damages.
You may be able to settle your property damage claim quickly – insurance companies often assign a separate adjuster for property damage and personal injury claims. However, you should not give a statement to the insurance adjuster or answer questions about liability, how the accident happened, or your injuries.
Your attorney will know what to say to the insurance adjusters – you should let your auto accident attorney talk to the insurance adjusters on your behalf.
What if the At-Fault Driver Doesn’t Have Insurance?
If the at-fault driver does not have insurance, or if they don’t have enough insurance to cover your claim, you may still be covered by:
- Your own insurance policy’s uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage,
- Third parties who may have been liable for the accident, including other drivers, individuals, or companies, or
- In some cases, the defendant’s personal or corporate assets.
If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by another driver’s negligence, the Myrtle Beach auto accident attorneys at Axelrod & Associates may be able to help you to get maximum compensation for your injuries.