Three Common Car Accident Scenarios and Who Is At Fault

Car accidents are more common than you might think. The average adult will be in four car accidents during their lifetime. If you have been in an accident and you believe the other driver is at fault, you need to make a case to get the compensation you deserve. To give you an idea of who might be considered at fault, here are some examples of the three most common types of car accidents.

Rear-End Crashes

Rear-end car crashes, or “fender benders,” are the most common type of car accident. About 40 percent of all accidents are rear-end crashes. In most cases, the person to rear-end the other driver is at fault. There can be some exceptions, however. If the driver who was hit slammed on the brakes or had other erratic driving behavior that led to the rear-end crash, they could be found to be partially or completely at fault. If someone backs into your car, you are also not liable even though it was their rear-end that was damaged. Continue reading “Three Common Car Accident Scenarios and Who Is At Fault”

What to Do After a Truck Accident

You are probably aware that semi-trucks and tankers are among the most dangerous vehicles on the road, but you may not realize just how common these accidents are. There are about 500,000 truck accidents each year in the United States, with 50,000 of those leading to fatalities. Truck accidents can be much more complicated than other auto accident cases. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself.

Immediately Seek Treatment

Truck accidents are no laughing matter. The truck or tanker is so much larger than your vehicle that you are more likely to be severely injured in these accidents. Make sure that you put your safety as your first priority. Make sure that you are safely away from the scene and have received initial medical treatment right away. Doing so is in your best interest, as your health is important; and the sooner you seek treatment for your injuries, the more likely you will be able to be compensated for all of the associated medical costs. Continue reading “What to Do After a Truck Accident”

Preventable and Dangerous: Tire Blowout Accidents

Anyone can be involved in an auto accident. According to recent statistics, about 5 percent of the licensed population in South Carolina was in an auto accident in 2015, and other statistics show that 95 percent of accidents are preventable and due to human error or negligence. One type of accident that is completely preventable is tire blowout accidents. Here’s what you need to know.

Why They Are Preventable

Keeping your vehicle in good working order is your responsibility as a citizen with a driver’s license. This includes checking your tires for wear or damage on a regular basis. Tire blowouts happen most often when tires are worn or damaged on the side wall of the tire. Not checking your tires or repairing your vehicle is considered negligence in case of an accident.  Continue reading “Preventable and Dangerous: Tire Blowout Accidents”

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”