Posts Tagged ‘car accident’

Car Accidents In Bad Weather: Who’s At Fault?

As anyone who has lived for any amount of time in South Carolina knows, the state has its share of bad weather. Hurricanes, thunderstorms, fog, tornadoes, flooding, and even the occasional snow and ice. Any of these severe weather conditions can wreak havoc with driving conditions, especially in areas around cities with a high traffic density and drivers who may be speeding and driving recklessly during rush hour. Conditions like these not only decrease driver and vehicle visibility and test the nerves and skills of the operator, they also affect safe vehicle performance. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, over 1.3 million car wrecks in America were caused by bad weather over a ten-year period. If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle collision, you may be eligible for a significant monetary award for medical bills, time off of work, pain and suffering, disability, and more. It’s vital that you retain the services of a qualified and experienced South Carolina car accident attorney to protect your rights.

Proving Negligence In An Accident

To receive compensation for an injury in an automobile wreck, you must be able to show that negligence on the part of some other party caused the accident. That could be another driver or the agency responsible for maintaining the road. When an accident occurs during bad weather conditions, it can be hard to prove that anyone was negligent other than nature. That’s why you need the services of a car accident attorney. Your lawyer will investigate the weather conditions at the time of the accident, and if another driver was involved, they’ll investigate whether they were at fault because they were speeding, driving recklessly, or driving inappropriately for the conditions. They’ll also determine if the condition of their vehicle could have been a factor, such as bad tires or windshield wipers. Every driver has a legal responsibility to operate their car in a safe manner and to make sure that it’s in safe operating condition. If they fail to take reasonable precautions against causing an accident, they and/or their insurance company could be liable for damages.

Negligent Road Maintenance

It’s not always other drivers or their vehicles that can be responsible for accidents. Especially during inclement weather, negligent road and highway conditions can easily cause an accident. Things like missing guardrails that should have been replaced in a timely manner, potholes that should have reasonably been filled, and unmarked areas of construction can be shown to be responsible for your accident. An experienced car accident attorney will be able to investigate these things to determine the liability of the governing authorities.

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in South Carolina, you need to retain the services of a qualified attorney who is experienced with similar cases in the state to protect your rights and ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Ryan Montgomery can help. Contact him as soon as possible for a free and confidential consultation.

Police Chase of DUI Suspect Results in Injuries to Family

DUI Police Chase Result in Injuries to Family on Way to Church

WYFF is reporting that authorities have arrested  Devonte Williams who has been charged with felony DUI and failure to stop for blue lights when he tried to evade the police and struck a family on the way to church.  Sunday morning a driver suspected of DUI was blue lighted by local police and began to flee. As a result of the chase,  an accident occurred at Highway 253 and Cedar Lane Road in Greenville County during the attempt to get away from police.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family that was injured. This is the most recent injury resulting from a police chase.

Should the Police Chase a DUI Suspect?

According to the State newspaper citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, South Carolina ranks eighth in the nation for people killed as a result of police pursuits per capita. On average, one person has died every month in the past 10 years, according to records from 2006 to 2016, the most recent data available.  So what is the standard for police chase appropriateness?  The two police chase experts we use in cases state that no chase should occur unless the suspect being chased is a violent offender.  A police officer has a duty to weigh the necessity of a chase versus the crime of the person and the risk posed to our community.  Should police chase a non violent DUI driver where they know the license plate and could simply go to the home and wait?  Not according to national police chase experts.

Injuries as a Result of a Crash or Police Chase

Like the story reported by WYFF, these injuries can turn lives upside down. Medical bills pile up and as wages are lost the ability to pay decreases.  Case like this may benefit from an experienced personal injury lawyer that will look into all avenues of compensation. Some law firms will simply go after the “easy money” of the at fault driver’s insurance and not look into other sources of compensation like underinsured motorist coverage, the bar or restaurant that over-served the person or whether the police violated policy. If you have been injured as a result of a serious crash or car accident then schedule a free consultation with an experienced injury lawyer.

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Car Accident on I-85, Anderson, SC

Car Accident on I-85 at Clemson Boulevard, Anderson, SC Leads to Helicopter Landing on Roadway

News outlets are reporting that there was a serious motor vehicle car accident that occurred today around 10am in Anderson, South Carolina near the location for Clemson Boulevard on I-85. Apparently the accident involved a truck versus a car in the crash. One driver was airlifted and there are reports (not verified) that one person was ejected and one person was tuck in a vehicle.

Serious Injuries Need Serious Lawyers

When a person is involved in a car wreck there are many lawyers that a person can choose.  The problem is many people don’t know where to start in seeking a lawyer.  Some people simply watch TV and believe the “paid actors” screaming about how much money they got (even though that person is an ACTOR). Some others do research and look at websites or Google Reviews to see what past clients have said about that lawyer.

Possible Things to Consider When Hiring a Lawyer

Does the South Carolina Personal Injury lawyer have good Google reviews?  Read the bad ones too (we all have them).   What is the lawyer’s Better Business Bureau Rating? Has the attorney handled injury cases like yours before?  Interview the lawyer and see if they meet with you or you meet with someone who is just there to sign you up.  Does the lawyer speak in plain English or is he/she act better than you?

Free Injury Case Consultation

I used to represent insurance companies in car accidents and liability cases as well as South Carolina workers’ comp claims.  I was tired of taking orders from insurance carriers that would harm people locally in my community so I switched sides to help people like you.  Because of that, I offer a free consultation on injury cases so I can discuss your potential case or claim with you.  I would rather a person be armed with information so they do not harm their case. If you want to meet, then schedule a free consultation now.

Passenger in Car Accident Rights

Passenger Rights in A Car Accident

WISTV.com in Columbia, SC is reporting that the South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly car accident crash on Interstate 26 near the Broad River Road exit in Richland County. Initial reports are that a driver of a motor vehicle was traveling eastbound when he/she over corrected and went off the roadway hitting several trees.  The passenger died on the scene.

Passengers Can Have Multiple Injury Claims

Sometimes in a South Carolina car accident where there are two or more cars involved in an accident then multiple drivers can share in the fault of the accident. One driver may be 30% at fault and the other 70% at fault.  If that is the case then a passenger could have claims against all drivers that had fault in the accident.  Passengers are generally innocent bystanders so to speak and blame is not assigned to them for the cause of the accident.   This is important because South Carolina has fairly low minimum level of insurance requirements.

What is the Required Amount of Insurance in South Carolina?

South Carolina law requires that drivers maintain a minimum of $25,000 in liability coverage in case of a car wreck. This means that if you are hurt there “should” be at least $25,000 on the at fault driver’s car.  When we are talking about paying medical bills this $25,000 can go quickly. If a passenger can file claims against multiple at fault drivers then the passenger may be able to have multiple insurance policies cover the injuries from the South Carolina car accident.

How to I Protect my Rights After a Car Crash?

Many personal injury lawyers offer free consultations to go over a persons rights following a Columbia or Greenville car accident.  What do you have to lose by at least speaking with someone to find out if you need a lawyer? Many lawyers, including this firm, will tell you whether or not it is worth your time to hire a lawyer to assist you.  Lawyers don’t get paid unless they recover money for you so it is usually in everyone’s best interest to make sure the case is worth bringing. If you or a loved one has been injured at work or in an accident, schedule a free car wreck consultation right now.