Aiken Auto Accidents Lawyer
South Carolina Car Accident Attorney - Jeff Morris
A car accident happens every 3.7 minutes in South Carolina. This frightening statistic points out that although you may practice safe driving, not everyone does. While you can hope for other motorists to drive safely, you can’t count on it and you may find yourself in a car accident caused by a negligent driver.
In the moments, hours and even days afterward, you may face physical injury, lack of transportation and fear of financial instability. Don’t let a car accident cause both physical and financial harm. At Morris Law, you can find a legal advocate who will protect your rights and help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
How a Car Accident Attorney Can Help
Horry County, which includes Myrtle Beach, reports an increasing number of auto accidents each year, and the Morris Law Firm has helped many clients fight back after a negligent driver caused an accident. We meet with prospective clients to answer their questions and learn how the accident occurred. We investigate the accident and provide clients with the options they have moving forward.
A car accident can turn your life upside down with physical injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering. For many, permanent disability results. In addition, your family can be affected due to financial issues.
Whether it is negotiating with an insurance company or litigating the case in court, rest assured that the attorneys and staff at the Morris Law Firm have your back. We prevent insurers and negligent parties from shirking their responsibility and make you pay for an accident caused by someone else.
Incidence of Car Accidents
Across the country, people drove approximately 13 percent fewer miles in 2020. Yet, the number of fatalities rose by 8 percent. This paradox was evident in South Carolina, where the number of deaths increased to 1,025 from the 985 deaths cited in 2019.
According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, someone is injured on South Carolina roads every 13.6 minutes, and a fatal collision occurs every 9.4 hours with a DUI-related fatality happening every 30.8 hours. In addition, property is damaged in a crash every 5.2 minutes. Teen drivers suffer fatal injuries more often than older, more experienced drivers.
Causes of Auto Accidents
There are many reasons a motor vehicle accident occurs. The most common are listed below:
- Distracted driving: A distraction can be defined as visual where the driver looks away from the road, cognitive where the driver is thinking about something other than the road or manual where the driver removes their hands from the wheel. Most distracted driving involves at least two of these categories. For example, texting on a cell phone is categorized as all three. Other instances of distracted driving include looking at an accident or police stop on the side of the road, daydreaming, eating, searching for an item in the vehicle or adjusting the radio or GPS.
- Fatigued driving: Driving while fatigued is common today with many drivers working multiple jobs and taking care of children. This lessens the motorist’s ability to make sound judgments, have the proper motor coordination and affects visual acuity. Studies have shown that driving fatigued is as dangerous as driving while inebriated. The CDC reported that staying awake for 18 hours and getting behind the wheel is similar to a driver with a 0.05 blood alcohol level (BAC). Many times, driving while fatigued is not reported.
- Drunk driving: Over 10, 000 fatal accidents are due to drunk driving each year. Despite penalties for driving while impaired, South Carolina has many drunk driving accidents. Inebriated drivers lack motor coordination and their judgment is impaired. Illicit and some prescription drugs have similar effects.
- Ignoring a stop sign or running a red light: Serious accidents occur 40 percent of the time in an intersection. This is largely due to the confluence of motor vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists entering and using the area simultaneously. Speeding, failing to stop at a traffic sign or running a red light all have a part to play in intersection accidents.
- Lack of road maintenance: In every city and town, government agencies are tasked with keeping the roadway safe for drivers. This includes tending to potholes or removing debris. Maintenance is also needed to remove excess foliage that obscures stop signs and keeping traffic lights and crosswalks in working order. If the city fails to do this, a claim can be brought against the city for a resulting car accident and subsequent injuries. The time to file is different in this type of claim, but your injury lawyer will see that all documents are filed in a timely manner.
- Speeding: Exceeding the speed limit is a major contributor to many accident injuries. It is difficult for a driver to control their vehicle and makes it hard to stop in time to avoid an accident. This is evident in highway accidents where traffic can slow suddenly. The impact when a car or truck is speeding is much greater than it would be at a slower speed.
Compensation in an Auto Accident
If an accident is caused by another’s negligence, an injured party has the right to recover damages for the following:
- Medical costs: This includes the cost of transportation to the hospital, emergency room expenses, medications, tests, X-rays, surgery and physician fees in and out of the hospital. If rehabilitation is needed, that is covered too. Transportation to and from the doctor’s office is compensated.
- Lost wages: This includes not only lost wages but also any bonuses or perks that are a part of the job. If the injured party is disabled and unable to work, this too is recoverable.
- Home and medical devices: Both are covered in a car accident claim such as walkers and wheelchairs as well as home care.
- Pain and suffering: The emotional, physical and mental pain a person suffers in a car accident is recoverable.
Scarring: Many people suffer scars in an auto accident, and their surgical repair is often not covered by insurance. The cost of reconstructive surgery is factored in.
- Rental vehicles: If your car is not usable, the cost of a rental vehicle can be recovered.
Diminished value of a vehicle: You can be compensated for the loss of value for a damaged vehicle.
Investigating an Automobile Accident
Your attorney will investigate the accident to prove liability on the part of the at-fault driver. Investigators will visit the accident site and perform accident reconstruction to see how the vehicles were placed before, during and after the crash. Videos from traffic light cameras, local businesses, and private cell phones will be examined. Witnesses will also be interviewed.
The Morris Law Firm
If you have suffered injuries due to a negligent driver, call Morris Law for legal assistance in Aiken at (803) 470-4444 to schedule a free case review. Our compassionate and experienced attorneys and staff will be there for you every step of the way from representing you with the insurance agency, negotiating with the insurer and, if necessary, taking the case to civil court.