When you’ve been injured in an auto accident, your recovery is important to moving on with your life and putting the accident behind you. You need to be able to count on your attorney to understand the claims process and navigate the nuances of insurance policies.
Thomason & Pracht, LLC, has extensive experience with all types of policies, including excess liability and umbrella policies, and under insurance coverage. If you have medical bills that you are unable to pay until your settlement is reached, we can help. We’ve garnered significant experience in negotiating liens and getting excessive bills reduced. Our goal is to get you the settlement that you deserve, and we will ensure that no proverbial stone is left unturned as we aggressively pursue your matter.
Oconee County Auto Accident Lawyer
When you have a car accident, it’s hard to know which steps to take to deal with your injuries, medical bills, car repairs and time off work. We can guide you – our extensive experience allows us to help you get back on your feet when you’ve been a victim of a negligent driver.
Car Accident Statistics in South Carolina
Approximately 10 million people are involved in car accidents in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and there are roughly 80 car accident related deaths on our highways every day. Clearly, driving can be dangerous, and in South Carolina, we are not immune. Statewide, a person dies in a car wreck every 8 hours. With such alarming numbers, it is critical that we do what we can to take precautionary measures to keep ourselves and our families safe on our roads.
Common causes of car accidents in Oconee County
Distracted driving is increasingly becoming the biggest cause of accidents – and it is not just texting that causes accidents. Common distractions include talking on the phone, eating, talking to passengers, and playing with the radio – all seemingly normal behaviors that can be dangerous and potentially deadly. When drivers lose concentration for even a second, according to data, the possibility of accidents rises exponentially.
In South Carolina, another prominent cause of accidents is speeding. More than one-third of accidents in America are caused by speeding, according to experts. Another major cause of crashes is drunk driving, with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) estimating that 300,000 incidents a year in this country can be attributed to drunk driving, and nearly 10,000 fatalities can be attributed to drunk driving as well.
Accidents caused by drunk driving, speeding, and distracted driving can all be prevented. The tragic truth is that risky driving is a choice some drivers make and it’s affecting the safety of every driver on South Carolina’s roads, with injuries and loss of life as the repercussion for reckless actions.
Common injuries in Oconee County Car accidents:
In accidents in South Carolina, head and brain injuries are among the most common injuries – and also among the most debilitating. Brain injuries occur when the brain hits the skull – even momentarily, because of the impact of the accident. Even though a head injury can happen in a fraction of a second, the effects can last a lifetime. When someone has a head or brain injury, they may experience rapid mood swings, loss of sleep, depression, and memory loss. If any symptoms occur – including minor symptoms like headaches or more severe symptoms like psychological changes – medical attention is needed immediately.
Neck/back/spinal cord injuries
Other common auto-accident related injuries include a neck, back, and spinal cord damage, which is caused by the force the body experiences when they are hit by another car, particularly in rear-end accidents. Whiplash, which involves a sudden movement when the head and neck are propelled forward before snapping back, can cause significant pain and even muscle damage.
Back injuries often occur in the lower back, as the spinal tissue is particularly sensitive, and the impact of a car crash can cause significant bruising, in addition to fractured and damaged vertebrae and herniated discs. In extreme cases, paralysis and numbness can occur, but bone fragmentation, bruising and damaged spinal discs are more common back-related car crash injuries.
Injuries that you can’t see are often as damaging, if not more damaging, than the bruises and cuts that you can see. Car accidents can cause many invisible and hard to detect injuries, such as internal bleeding, organ damage and broken ribs – all of which can be life-threatening and need to be medically treated immediately.
Fatalities are a devastating reality of car accidents. If a family member has lost their lives in an auto accident, you may want to pursue what is known as a wrongful death claim against the party who is responsible for the accident. In a wrongful death claim, families are able to sue in order to try to recover medical expenses and for funeral costs and emotional support as the family grieves and starts the healing process.
In an accident, determining who caused the accident – who is at fault – is critical, as the party who caused the accident can be held financially liable. In South Carolina, the party at fault can also be considered negligent. Negligence is when individual acts carelessly and their actions impact another person.
In South Carolina, comparative negligence is considered. Comparative negligence means that the injured party in a car accident can collect damages – provided the accident is less than 50 percent their fault. Therefore, in South Carolina, the plaintiff, or injured party, doesn’t need to worry about a case being dismissed if they were partially at fault – the jury gets to determine if the other party is more than 50 percent negligent, and if so, the plaintiff will likely be able to collect damages.
What do you do if you have been involved in a South Carolina auto accident? There are things that you can do to feel empowered and take action, working in step with your attorney.
Report the accident
Reporting your auto accident to law enforcement is critical. Not only does it help your chances of possibly collecting damages, but if an accident involves parties with serious injuries, you also have a legal obligation to report it.
Because the accident may be presented in court one day, it is also important to report the accident so that you get an official record of what happened – including the parties, location, and injuries and any property damage. The official record may be used later by experts who may want to recreate the accident in court, or for further investigation.
While you will have a report of the accident, it is also important to record as many details as you can – names, insurance details, and contact information for all involved and any witnesses, if available. If you can take photographs as well, that will help you and your attorney present your case in court. If there is anything that seems important, write it down or take a photo – you never know what will be important going forward.
See a doctor
If you are hurt, it is imperative that you seek out medical attention as soon as possible. Obviously, the most important thing is your recovery, but you will also need your doctor’s records. Insurance companies can often dispute injuries and may blame the victim for their injuries, so you improve your claim if you have clean medical records from right after the time you were injured. Insurance companies they can’t claim that your injuries were the result of another trauma and not the auto accident.
Approach an Oconee County car accident lawyer
If you are injured in an auto accident, you will want to consult with an attorney. The other party in the accident may have already had their attorney or insurance claims adjuster contact you, and it is important that you do not make any statements to either without knowing how your statements may affect a future claim you may want to make regarding the accident.
A South Carolina accident lawyer who has been through this process many times before and has expertise in this area can guide you and help to ensure that you receive any compensation that you may deserve.
Don’t settle for less than you need
A car accident can impact your life significantly – it’s important not to take a quick settlement from an insurance company instead of getting the settlement you deserve. Just because an insurance company is looking to button up your claim and move forward doesn’t mean that you need to work at their pace – down the road, you may need more care than you can account for at the moment.
Financially, it is in your best interest to ensure that you understand the full extent of your injuries and damages so that you have the ability to pay your medical bills before you reach a settlement deal. Unfortunately, once a deal is reached, there is no way to reopen the matter for further consideration, so be sure that you are not settling for less than what you actually need or will need in the future.
Benefits of hiring an auto accident lawyer in Walhalla, Tamassee and Westminster
Why is it important to hire an Oconee County auto accident attorney rather than pursuing the matter on your own? Well, first and foremost, they have significant experience and understand the law, and how negligence and fault work in this context. Aside from the legal issues, they understand court procedures and can effectively represent you – they know the system.
Suffering an accident can be very traumatic and isolating. Hiring an auto accident attorney provides you with a teammate who is fighting for your best interest.
After an auto accident, getting back on your feet is what is likely most important to you, so having someone who can help you mitigate the stress of lost income, mounting medical bills, and court procedures.
If someone else’s negligence or reckless conduct led to your auto accident, we want to talk to you. Our goal is to protect you and your rights and make sure that you get the compensation you are due following your accident. Contact Walhalla Car Accident Lawyers Thomason & Pracht, LLC, today.
Oconee County Motorcycle Injuries
Motorcycle accidents are on the rise – partially because distracted driving has become so prevalent with motorists. Riders are more likely to be killed in a crash, and motorcycle accidents can result in truly debilitating injuries. Drivers who fail to see and yield to motorcyclists can be held liable in a motorcycle accident, and if you are injured, even if you were wearing a helmet, you may have a claim. Contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to find out if you are entitled to compensation – Thomason & Pracht, LLC is here to help you.
Oconee County Trucking Accidents
Trucking accidents can be particularly devastating – especially if the accident is caused by a reckless or negligent truck driver. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a semi-truck, contact a lawyer who can investigate the cause of your accident and determine if there is institutional misconduct involved as well as driver negligence. Thomason & Pracht, LLC are experts in South Carolina trucking accidents, and he can help you understand and navigate the related legal and insurance issues and work to get you any compensation you are entitled to in your matter.
Oconee County Bicycle Accidents
A bicycle is just like any other vehicle on the road – its riders have the same rights as motorists. However, cyclists have little protection from bodily harm on the roads and drivers often don’t know or pay attention to the rights of cyclists. Often, bicycle riders suffer in accidents because of the negligence of car drivers.
If you have been injured on a bicycle because of an accident caused by a car driver’s negligence, we can help. Thomason & Pracht, LLC will help you protect your rights and get your due compensation so you can get back on the road to recovery.