In the United States, thousands of people are involved in car accidents every day. In South Carolina, two to three people die every day in automobile crashes. Car accidents not only affect the persons injured or killed in the accident itself, but also their friends and family. They can leave you out of work facing thousands of dollars in medical bills and wondering how you and your family are going to get through it all – not to mention the physical pain you may experience as a result of injuries.
The Hanahan car accident attorneys at Howell & Christmas understand what you are going though, and that this can be a difficult time for you and your family. While we can’t undo what has already happened, our attorneys can help you make the best of a bad situation.
Common Causes of Hanahan Car Accidents
Car accidents can be devastating, especially when they could have been avoided and were caused by a careless driver. Some accidents are truly unavoidable due to weather conditions or mechanical failures; however, most accidents are the fault of another motorist. Some of the most common factors that cause car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to obey traffic signals
There are many other factors that contribute to car accidents, and if the other driver’s negligence is found to have caused the accident, then they (and, by association, their insurance company) are responsible for your injuries.
Types of compensation include past and future medical bills, lost wages from missing work, property damages to your vehicle, mental pain and suffering, permanent disability, or wrongful death damages if a loved one perishes. If there were some serious harm or egregious conduct that contributed to your accident, you may also be able to recover punitive damages, which punish particularly bad acts.
Even if you think you may be partially responsible for the accident, you may still be entitled to a monetary reward. South Carolina is a comparative negligence state, which means that motorists can recover a percentage of their damages, according to how much the court determines they were at fault. For example: if your damages total $100,000 and the court determines that you were 20% at fault, then you are entitled to $80,000 in damages.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an auto accident in Hanahan, it’s important to understand your legal rights. Personal injury cases resulting from car accidents can be very complex, and the insurance companies will be doing everything they can to keep you from getting the full amount of money you deserve. The attorneys at Howell & Christmas can help. We represent clients all over South Carolina who have been injured in car accidents. With over 30 years’ combined experience, we understand what it takes to get you the restitution you deserve.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.