No one plans to get into a serious car accident. Unfortunately, collisions injure thousands of persons every day, sometimes with catastrophic outcomes. As a victim, however, you can take the following important steps to protect your legal rights and ensure that you obtain the compensation to which South Carolina law entitles you. For further information or for specific advice regarding your accident, call us today to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.
If You Can, Gather Information at the Scene of the Accident
If you do not need emergency medical attention, collect as much information as you can at the scene of the accident. Exchange information with the other drivers involved in the accident and try to obtain contact information from any witnesses. If you have a camera (or your phone has one), take pictures of the aftermath. Making sure to shoot from multiple angles—that will give viewers a complete picture of the scene.
See a Physician as Soon as You Can
Many people who do not need emergency medical attention make the mistake of assuming that they do not need to see a physician at all. Both your personal well-being and any potential claim that you may pursue in the future, however, demand going to the doctor after an accident. The severity of your injuries may not immediately appear, so seeing a doctor will identify any injuries you sustained and allow you to start treatments as soon as you can. In addition, a medical professional’s evaluation typically generates a medical record that you can use to establish the severity of your injuries—and that the accident in which you were involved caused them.
Retain an Attorney Immediately
The most effective way to protect your rights after involvement in a wreck is to call a lawyer as soon as you can. A lawyer may do many things for you after an accident, including:
- Evaluating your accident and determining whether you have a claim
- Collecting or compelling the production of evidence in support of your position
- Communicating with the insurance company for you and trying to negotiate a settlement agreement
- Filing a lawsuit on your behalf and, if necessary, trying your case before a judge or a jury
Call Us Today to Speak With a Charleston Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents often entitle victims to substantial compensation under the law, but victims must take many steps between getting hurt and receiving a check. At the Hughey Law Firm, we offer free consultations and will not collect any legal fees from you unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule a free case evaluation with a car accident attorney in Charleston, call our office today at (843) 881-8644 or send us an email through our online contact form.