Oftentimes auto accidents result in personal injuries that significantly alter your well being physically, emotionally and financially. In fact, in the United States the majority of personal injuries are due to motor vehicle accidents. The Charleston SC auto accident lawyers of Hughey Law Firm have represented thousands of clients, helping them to recover damages for their injuries as a result of the auto accident. With this experience you can trust that an auto accident lawyer at Hughey Law Firm will fight hard to win your case.
Consulting an auto accident lawyer with the Hughey Law Firm means that you are consulting with a law firm that has long been the go-to law firm for other lawyers to help them prosecute auto accident cases for their clients. We have extensive experience filing lawsuits and will file a lawsuit while aggressively pursuing your case if appropriate to do so.
The personal injury and Charleston auto accident attorneys at the Hughey Law Firm have handled numerous car accident cases involving property damage, injury, wrongful death, and uninsured motorists. We have helped numerous people recover damages for injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. Many of our cases come to us from other law firms, as they are searching for an experienced auto accident lawyer in Charleston SC to deliver for their clients.
The vast majority of personal injuries in the U.S. result from motor vehicle accidents including cars, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and personal watercraft. Attorney Nathan Hughey formerly defended car wreck cases and trucking cases for insurance companies. He is an auto accident lawyer in Charleston that uses this experience to effort gaining you the best recovery possible. Our auto accident lawyers in Charleston represent people with car accident injury and wrongful death claims throughout South Carolina. Contact us to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys.
Traffic accidents happen in Charleston and surrounding areas every day. Every accident is unique in terms of its details. However, some types of car accidents are more common than others—and below we highlight some of the most common motor vehicle accidents we typically see in our law practice.
The National Transportation Safety Board reports that, between 2012 and 2014, nearly half of all two-vehicle accidents in the United States were rear-end collisions. So common are these accidents that researchers estimate a rear-end collision occurs in the United States approximately once every eight seconds. Here is what you need to know about them:
One particularly dangerous type of car accident is the vehicle rollover. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, while rollover accidents account for only about two percent of all crashes involving passenger cars, SUVs, and pickups, they account for around 35 percent of all deaths from passenger vehicle crashes.
Taller and narrower vehicles, such as SUVs, pickups, and vans have a higher center of gravity and are more susceptible to rollovers. NHTSA data reveal that about 40 percent of rollover crashes involve excessive speeding. Fatal rollover accidents are far more common on roadways where the posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour or more. About 87 percent of rollover crashes are due to a driver failing to pay attention and respond appropriately to the traffic ahead, a 2007 NHTSA study noted.
Many car accidents involve only one vehicle. A 2009 study by the NHTSA revealed the following facts about this type of crash:
This type of crash, which is also known as a broadside or T-bone collision, generally occurs when one vehicle runs a red light or otherwise fails to yield the right-of-way at an intersection. In a broadside accident, the front of one vehicle impacts the side of the other. Some of the factors that may cause a broadside accident to result in more severe injuries and death include the speed at which the vehicles were traveling, the relative size and weight of the vehicles, and the location of the point of impact.
Vehicle occupants on the side of the car that absorbs the impact often suffer severe and even fatal injuries, particularly with a size and weight discrepancy between the vehicles. The occupants of passenger cars are more likely to be killed in a T-bone crash than the occupants of pickup trucks, SUVs, or vans, due to size discrepancies in vehicles.
Head-on collisions make up an extremely small number of all traffic crashes. However, they account for more fatalities than many other types of accidents. Head-on collisions involve a vehicle departing from the roadway or the lane in which it was traveling and hitting the front-end of a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Here are more facts about head-on crashes:
According to an April 2018 report from WIS10, South Carolina is the third deadliest state in the nation when it comes to car accidents, with an average death rate of 20.5 per 100,000 people, based on 2016 figures. But deaths aren’t the only tragic result of car accidents in the Palmetto state. Accidents in South Carolina also leave thousands of drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists injured annually. Here is a look at common injuries caused by car accidents.
A traumatic brain injury includes any injury that penetrates or fractures the skull, or that causes the brain to collide with the skull. More than half of all reported traumatic brain injuries are caused by car accidents. One very serious type of traumatic brain injury is blunt trauma, which occurs when a head that is moving violently from the force of the accident collides with a stationary object, such as a windshield. Brainline offers the following information about these injuries:
Traumatic brain injury can leave its victim with severe cognitive, motor, and emotional deficits. Some victims fall into a coma or permanently lose consciousness.
Spinal cord injuries from car accidents tend to be very serious, leading to a loss of sensation and function of the body below the area where the damage occurred. Spinal cord injuries result from damage to the spinal column, spinal cord, vertebrae, ligaments, or discs.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the severity of a spinal injury is defined by whether or not there is any movement, feeling, or control of the limbs.
Paralysis from a spinal cord injury is defined as:
Some of the bodily functions that may be impacted by a spinal cord injury include:
Internal injuries can be experienced in car accidents in a number of ways and in numerous parts of the body, and may include:
Also known as a slipped disc, a herniated disc occurs when the tough, outer fiber of the spinal discs becomes torn and allows the soft, jelly-like substance in the center of the disc to leak out. The symptoms of a herniated disc include:
The most common area for a herniated disc to occur is in the lower back (lumbar). However, herniated discs may also occur in the neck. Surgery is commonly required to repair the damage from a herniated disc.
As explained by the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is a soft tissue neck injury that is caused by forceful back and forth motion of the head and neck. Whiplash often presents with symptoms such as neck pain, stiffness, and headaches that typically start at the base of the skull. Other symptoms of whiplash may include:
Most people find their whiplash symptoms go away within a few weeks. However, for some, the pain can linger for months or even years. The factors that make a person have chronic pain after a whiplash injury include having had whiplash before, older age, existing low back or neck pain, and symptoms that were intense, started rapidly, and included severe neck pain, headaches, and pain that spread to the arms. The most common cause of whiplash is rear-end accidents.
One of the most common car accident injuries that a person can suffer is broken bones due to sudden impact or twisting. The most common parts of the body to suffer fractures in car accidents include the arms and legs. Other bones may become fractured as well, including:
Not all car accident injuries are physical. The emotional and mental health of a car accident victim can also suffer, as well. According to Verywell Mind, post traumatic stress disorder following a vehicle crash is common, with symptoms such as:
PTSD symptoms may not show up for weeks or even months following the accident.
In addition to representing you throughout your personal injury or wrongful death claim, an auto accident lawyer at the Hughey Law Firm can also work with the insurance company as your advocate throughout the property damage claims process. A Hughey Law Firm auto accident lawyer will work with your insurance provider towards attaining a fair financial payout for property damages resulting from your accident. These damages could include: inconvenience, rental car and other costs associated with losing your transportation. We will never charge a fee for prosecuting automobile property claims.
Many drivers on the road today do not carry the legal amount of insurance required to cover the liability and property damage costs of an accident. If you need to file a claim against your own uninsured motorist policy (UM) or underinsured motorist policy (UIM) to recover damages, you will probably find that your insurance company is just as hostile to you as an opposing company would be. A Charleston auto accident lawyer at Hughey Law Firm will work aggressively to help you try to recover the maximum compensation from your uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance policy.
South Carolina is unfortunately a place where many automobile and trucking accidents occur. Roads such as I-26, I-95, U.S. Highway 17, and others converge. We handle cases throughout the State of South Carolina, including Charleston County, Berkeley County, Sumter County, and Dorchester County, as well as Moncks Corner, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Florence, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Hartsville, Florence, Orangeburg, Sumter, Williamsburg, Clarendon, Manning, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Allendale, Richland, Hampton, Darlington, Colleton and all other counties. Our auto accident lawyers will work for you on a contingency (no fee unless we collect)* to recover for you or your loved ones serious injuries or wrongful death.
Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We do not charge attorney fees or costs until we help you recover money for your claim. An auto accident lawyer from our team at Hughey Law Firm in Charleston SC looks forward to helping you with your accident.
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