South Carolina auto accident law requires the at-fault party to fully compensate anyone who is injured as a result of their negligence. To the extent possible, the negligent driver must restore the injured person to the same position they were in before the injuries happened. Compensable damages in an auto accident case tend to fall into three general categories:
The auto accident lawyers at Axelrod & Associates, P.A. have seen a broad range of injuries that people have suffered because of car crashes.
Under South Carolina law, the driver who is at fault in an auto accident is liable for all damages that were proximately caused by their negligence. Auto accident lawyers often look at this as the three-legged chair approach to whether you have a case. You must be able prove:
Many different factors can contribute to auto accidents, and each car crash carries its own set of facts and challenges. Weather conditions, inexperienced drivers, drunk drivers, distracted drivers, speeding, and drivers who disregard traffic signals are just a few of the many potential causes of traffic accidents in the Grand Strand Area. No two car crashes are the same, and the auto accident lawyers at Axelrod & Associates, P.A. have just about seen them all.
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.
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.
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 & Associates, P.A. will fight to help you recover full compensation from the at-fault driver.
In most cases, you do not have to pay anything to retain your personal injury lawyer at Axelrod & Associates, P.A. 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.