Sumter, SC Car Accident Attorneys
Each year, millions of individuals are injured and tens of thousands are killed in
motor vehicle accidents in United States. While many of these injuries are
minor and can be treated at home, others are moderate to severe and even
catastrophic, requiring extensive medical treatment. Even a moderate injury can
cause a major disruption in your life. Medical bills can start to pile up, and
you might have to miss quite a few days from work. This can create a financial
hardship for car accident injury victims and their families. If you or someone
close to you was injured in an auto accident, it is important to speak with a
skilled personal injury lawyer, so you understand your rights and legal options.
For almost two decades, the attorneys at Peake & Fowler have successfully
represented clients injured in car accidents in Sumter, Columbia, and
communities throughout South Carolina. Our lawyers have in-depth experience
handling even the most complex cases, and we fight hard to secure the full and
fair compensation our clients need and deserve. We are skilled litigators and
strong negotiators. Whenever possible, we seek to negotiate a fair settlement
without the need for litigation. If the other side is not willing to be
reasonable, however, we are ready and able to aggressively pursue full damages
at trial and upon appeal.
Distracted Driving Causing more Car Accidents in South Carolina
According to a recent WIS
News 10 Columbia report, South Carolina is the third deadliest state
for fatal car crashes, averaging 20.5 deaths per 100,000. The report singled
out distracted driving as one of the primary reasons the Palmetto State ranks
so high on the list. Although motorists have always had distractions, the
increased use of electronic devices in recent years has made this problem far
Texting while driving and other forms of electronic activity while behind the wheel are
especially dangerous, because they distract motorists in three different ways;
visually, manually, and cognitively. This means that when someone is sending an
electronic message while driving, their focus can be taken entirely off of the
road as if they were driving with their eyes closed. This makes them unable to
react in time to effectively deal with traffic slowdowns, slippery or icy
roads, and other adverse road conditions.
Here are some disturbing
statistics about distracted driving:
Distracted driving is now among the leading causes of car accidents. Some other common
Damages in South Carolina Car Accident Cases
Motor vehicle accidents can result in numerous types of injuries. These include:
Auto accident injuries are not always detected right away. Sometimes, the adrenaline
rush caused by the accident can mask the pain, and you may not feel anything
until several hours or even a couple days later. This is why it is always good
to get medical attention after a car accident, even if you don’t feel hurt. By
getting checked out, any injuries you may have can be treated right away, so
you can be quickly on the road to recovery.
If you are injured in an accident that was the fault of another party, you deserve
to be compensated. Compensatory damages for car accident injuries can be
divided into two general categories:
In rare cases in which the actions of the party responsible for the car accident
were especially egregious, punitive damages may be awarded to “punish” the
wrongdoer and deter them (and others) from similar behavior in the future. In
South Carolina, punitive damages are capped at $500,000, or three times actual
damages, whichever is greater.
Damages in a South Carolina car accident case may be reduced in proportion to the
percentage of fault the injured party shares in the accident under the state’s
“modified comparative negligence” legal doctrine. For example, if total damages
equal $100,000, and you are found to be 15% at fault for the accident, your
damages would be reduced by $15,000, bringing them down to $85,000. If you are
found to be more than 50% at fault for the accident, your claim may be
invalidated, and you may be barred from recovering any compensation at all.
In many cases, the insurance company for the responsible party will try to
diminish the value of your claim by pinning at least some of the blame on you.
This is one of the reasons it is essential to work with an experienced attorney
from the outset of the case, so that your right to recover just compensation
can be protected.
Speak with a Compassionate Sumter, SC Car Accident Lawyer
At Peake & Fowler, we understand that auto accidents take a major physical,
emotional, and financial toll on victims and their families, and we do
everything possible to make the legal process smooth and stress-free. We work
closely with our clients, providing strong legal guidance and support. We
handle all that complex legal tasks, and we communicate regularly with you
throughout the process, so you are always kept informed.