Charleston Car Accident Lawyers
Reclaim Your Life After An Accident
A car crash can dramatically impact your life, resulting in serious injuries or significant property damage. But an accident doesn’t have to wreck your future. If you are hurt in a car accident in Charleston, SC, Hoffman Law Firm has the experience necessary to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Our car accident lawyers have a thorough understanding of South Carolina law and its specific effects on each case – which is why it’s crucial to contact Hoffman Law Firm before speaking to an insurance adjuster. The insurance company has its bottom line in mind, but our accident attorneys have your best interests at heart.
These statistics, for South Carolina alone, prove that auto accidents are alarmingly common.*
- One fatal collision every 9.5 hours
- One person injured every 8.7 minutes
- One person killed in a DUI collision (.08+) every 28 hours
- One teen driver involved in a fatal or injury collision every 1.3 hours
- One bicyclist killed every 21.5 days
- One motorcyclist killed every 3.1 days
- One pedestrian killed every 2.3 days
- One person injured in a collision every 13.3 minutes
What to Do After Your Car Crash
If you’ve been injured in an auto wreck in Charleston, South Carolina, follow these steps:
- Think safety first.
NEVER leave the accident scene. Call the police and report any injuries immediately. If possible, move your vehicle out of the road and get to a safe spot away from traffic while you wait for emergency responders to arrive.
- Exchange information.
Retrieve as much information as possible from everyone involved, including the other driver, passengers and witnesses. Ask for:
- Contact information (phone number, address, driver’s license number, etc)
- Insurance information (company, policy number, etc)
- Vehicle details (tag number, make/model, etc)
- Document the auto accident scene.
Be sure to take photos of your injuries as well as damage to all vehicles involved. Don’t trust the police officer’s accident report to include every detail.
- Receive medical care.
If you require emergency medical treatment, get the care you need immediately. Even if you don’t think you’re injured, visit your doctor as soon as possible. Minor aches and pains can become a major issue down the road, and failing to get checked out after your accident could negatively impact your health – and your case.
- Contact a car accident lawyer.
Do not speak to the insurance company before contacting your attorney. While it may seem like the insurance agent is trying to help, the statement you give can be used against you. Let Hoffman Law Firm in Charleston, SC handle all communications with the insurance company.
Call Hoffman Law Firm as soon as possible after your auto accident. Our team is here to help!
Common Types of Car Accidents in South Carolina
Crashes are far too common, with these types of car accidents posing a threat to drivers:
- Rear-end collisions
Occurring when a vehicle hits another from behind, rear-end collisions make up more than 40% of collisions in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Rear-end collisions often happen in heavy traffic, when drivers repeatedly accelerate and then stop.
- Head-on collisions
Distracted or drunk driving is often responsible for head-on collisions, many of which result in serious injuries – or even death.
- Sideswipe collisions
These accidents occur when a driver turns or changes lanes improperly, hitting the car driving beside them.
- Intersection collisions
This dangerous type of car accident often occurs when a driver attempts to make it through the intersection before the light turns red, and is commonly called a T-bone collision.
- Parked vehicle/low-speed collisions
While injuries may not result, low-speed collisions with parked cars or fixed objects (mailboxes, telephone poles, etc) can cause property damage.
- Pedestrian/bicyclist collisions: These types of accidents can cause significant damage, and often result when one (or both) party is distracted.
Recovering Compensation After An Accident
Our law firm will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve, including the following:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Every case is different, making it impossible to know exactly how long your case will take to resolve – and how large your check will be. Remember, this list of potential benefits is not intended for detailed legal guidance, so call Hoffman Law Firm today for information specific to your case.
Hoffman Law Firm Accident Attorneys Will Fight For You
Our experienced team is committed to getting you the compensation you deserve, and providing detailed legal advice throughout the process. We’ll be there every step of the way, starting with your free case consultation.
Our office is conveniently located in North Charleston, proudly serving Charleston County and the surrounding areas. Call Hoffman Law Firm today to schedule your free case consultation!
*Source: South Carolina Department of Public Safety, 2017 Study