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The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) estimates that a traffic accident occurs every 3.7 minutes on South Carolina’s roads; a fatal collision occurs every 9.5 hours; and a car accident resulting in injury happens about every 13 minutes. With more than 140,000 total traffic collisions in in South Carolina 2017, accidents increased by 25 percent over a previous five-year period. More than 4,777 accidents took place in a recent year in Florence alone, injuring 2,256 and killing 33.
With the regularity of traffic crashes on South Carolina roads, it’s likely that you or a loved one will be in a traffic accident at some point in your life if you haven’t already. Fortunately, not all accidents result in injury or death.
If you suffered an injury because of another motorist’s negligent driving, South Carolina law entitles you to recover losses related to your injuries in civil court. Contact an experienced auto accident attorney at Hughey Law Firm at (843) 881-8644 to discuss the details of your auto accident and determine your eligibility for compensation.
The auto accident attorneys at Hughey Law Firm have extensive experience in the negotiation, settlement, and litigation of auto accident cases, resulting in the recovery of millions in damages for clients. Past cases include some of the following settlements:
These results do not guarantee an outcome in any particular case, but the legal team at Hughey Law Firm will diligently fight for the best outcome for your Florence auto accident case.
Those who live through a traffic accident might experience multiple types of injuries that vary based on location, speed at impact, number of vehicles involved, and other factors. Some of the most common types of injuries that victims sustain in auto accidents include:
Being involved in an auto accident brings substantial economic and non-economic losses to victims and their families. If you choose to take legal action within South Carolina’s three-year statute of limitations for personal injury suits, you might be entitled to recover the following damages related to your injury:
Many times other motorists who have acted negligently are responsible for an auto accident. Negligent acts might include violating traffic laws such as driving under the influence, driving recklessly, or speeding. They might also include things such as distracted driving, drowsy driving, or anything else that interferes with safe handling of a vehicle. Yet, scenarios do exist where a court might find a third party at fault for an auto accident. Examples include:
Regardless of which party(s) you sue for a car accident, the court might rule that you share liability in the accident and resulting injuries. The law refers to this notion of shared fault as comparative negligence. South Carolina courts apply a modified version of comparative negligence to most personal injury cases. Once a court rules that the defendant(s) was negligent, they assign a portion of fault to each party named in the lawsuit. The court will reduce damages by the percentage that the plaintiff is responsible for their own injuries.
For example, the court rules that you were 25 percent responsible for your injuries because you were speeding when the crash occurred, which made your injuries worse. If you sued for $500,000, they will subtract $130,000 (25 percent) from damages, resulting in a $375,000 verdict. South Carolina uses a modified version of the comparative negligence rule which includes a 51 percent threshold. This means that the defendant must be at least 51 percent liable for the injuries, or the law prohibits the plaintiff from collecting damages.
If you have suffered an injury in an auto accident in Florence, South Carolina, because of another party’s negligence, you deserve to receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. A skilled auto accident attorney will advocate for you and fight against strategies that the defense might use to devalue your case. Additionally, a qualified attorney will handle the details of your case, investigate your accident, and gather relevant documentation and evidence to support your case while you focus on healing from your injuries. Contact the experienced legal team at Hughey Law Firm at (843) 881-8644 to discuss your auto accident with one of our seasoned auto accident lawyers.
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