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Common Types of South Carolina Truck Accidents

Semi-trucks are among the most dangerous vehicles on the roadways. Semi-trucks have large blind spots. And because they are very large compared to other vehicles, they can cause a great deal of damage in an accident. While some truck accidents are not the fault of the semi-truck driver, there are several types of truck accidents that you should seek out an attorney for a personal injury case. 

Distracted Driving

Semi-truck drivers have a lot of technology at their disposal that makes their job easier and helps the company they work for to keep tabs on their movements and timing. This technology can include navigational systems, communication systems, and fleet management systems. Unfortunately, all of this technology can lead to distracted driving, which can lead to fatal accidents. Continue reading “Common Types of South Carolina Truck Accidents”

What to Do When You Are Injured in an Accident

Accidents happen frequently, and it is important that you take the appropriate steps when you are in an accident regardless of who is at fault. In April 2018, a research study was published that ranked South Carolina as the third deadliest state for auto accidents, with 20 deaths per 100,000 people in 2016. With that kind of statistics, it is inevitable that you may one day need to know what to do in an accident. Here are the steps you need to take.

Call for Help

You should immediately call 911 for any accident. If you or someone in your vehicle is injured in an auto accident or any other type of accident, your first priority should be to make sure that you are safe and receive medical attention. If you do not feel comfortable getting out of your vehicle before an ambulance arrives, resist assistance until they are on the scene.  Continue reading “What to Do When You Are Injured in an Accident”

3 Pieces of Evidence You Should Have for Any Personal Injury Case

If you have been injured by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury case or insurance claim. Regardless of the type of accident, you want to make sure that you have gathered some evidence to support your claims. Here are three pieces of evidence you should always be able to provide.

Medical Records

You will need to be able to provide your medical records relating to the incident. This includes your diagnosis and any treatment that was given. It should also include records of your treatment plan, including any long term physical therapy that may have been prescribed. The more information you can provide to prove the extent of your injuries and medical costs, the higher your compensation may be. Continue reading “3 Pieces of Evidence You Should Have for Any Personal Injury Case”

What is “Bad Faith” And How It Applies to Your Auto Accident Compensation

The people of this country purchase insurance to protect themselves in case of an accident. The state of South Carolina requires all drivers to have car insurance for this reason. Yet what happens when an accident occurs and the car insurance company refuses to perform their duty and obligation? This is what is called “bad faith,” and it can have a detrimental effect on your ability to get compensation for an accident.

First Party Bad Faith

In a first party bad faith insurance lawsuit, the insured party may make a claim for their own losses based on their policy. If it is bad faith insurance, the insurance company will deny the claim without basis or possibly even without investigation. For example, if you hit a light pole and file a claim but the insurance company never sends out an adjuster or fails to respond to your correspondence, this could be a bad faith insurance claim. Continue reading “What is “Bad Faith” And How It Applies to Your Auto Accident Compensation”

Why You Shouldn’t Fight the Insurance Companies Alone

When you have almost any type of accident or injury there will most likely be an insurance company involved. Whether the insurance company is representing you or another responsible party, they are always looking out for one thing—their bottom line. Here’s why you shouldn’t deal with insurance companies alone.

Looking Out for Number One

The insurance companies are always looking out for themselves. They are only concerned with paying out as little for claims as possible. They will do everything they can to avoid paying your claim, or to pay less than you deserve. Even if the insurance company you are coping with is one that you pay for a policy, they are still looking out for themselves first. Continue reading “Why You Shouldn’t Fight the Insurance Companies Alone”