After a collision in the North Charleston area, it is important that you understand your legal rights. The law says you may be entitled to compensation, but you must take affirmative steps to obtain that. Often, it is prudent to retain a North Charleston auto accident lawyer to maximize your chances of recovering full and fair compensation for injuries or the wrongful death of a family member.
Howell & Christmas is here to help. Our attorneys have an AV rating of Suburb, and we are members of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. With more than 30 years of combined experience, we know the South Carolina legal system very well and we will do everything we can to make that system work so you are compensated for your car accident damages.
How an Attorney Can Help
After a collision, there are many decisions that you need to make. You need to determine:
Who to take legal action against after a car accident: You may be able to sue another driver who was negligent. The South Carolina Department of Insurance stipulates that drivers must carry at least $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident in bodily injury liability coverage and this money could cover your damages. You may also be able to sue the manufacturer of a vehicle if the car or its parts were defective. In some cases, you can also sue the company that a negligent driver works for, or sue a government entity for negligent road design or poor road maintenance. Identifying the right defendants means that there may be multiple parties who are responsible for compensating you.
How to pursue an accident claim: You can pursue a motor vehicle accident case by negotiating with the responsible party’s insurance company to arrive at an out-of-court settlement. You could also pursue a claim for compensation in court. There are pros and cons to both settling and suing, and you will need to determine which is the best course of action for you. Our North Charleston auto accident attorneys have a reputation for battling insurance companies and we are fierce negotiators. Your lawyer will also know the court system and be able to advise you on the best course of action.
These are just two of the many important decisions you’ll make after a motor vehicle collision. You will also need to decide whether to accept a settlement offer, what witnesses to call, what court to file your lawsuit in, what to include in a demand letter to an insurer, or how best to prove your case. Our legal team will empower you to make those informed choices.
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Howell & Christmas has dedicated its practice to helping clients throughout North Charleston and surrounding areas. We will come to you for a free consultation if injuries prevent you from traveling to our office. Contact us today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more about how we can represent your rights.