A Skilled Charleston Auto Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you may need to file an insurance claim or take legal action against the at-fault party. When that party is another driver, his or her insurance company should cover most of the costs that arise from the crash. Depending on the circumstances of your car accident, you may also seek compensation for your pain and suffering.

With the assistance of a skilled auto accident attorney at The Rembert Law Firm, you’ll be well prepared for the claims process as you pursue the compensation you need and deserve. Our team of dedicated legal professionals answer all your questions and provide exceptional representation, allowing you to focus on your physical recovery.

Proving fault in a car accident case

South Carolina is a “fault” state for car accident cases, which means the victim has the burden of proof to demonstrate another party is liable for damages that occurred. The following are the three elements you must prove in this situation:

  • The other party owed a legal duty of care: This is usually quite simple, as all drivers automatically owe others a legal duty to operate their cars as safely as possible and to obey the rules of the road.
  • The duty was breached: You must be able to prove the defendant was negligent by failing to fulfill his or her duty of care. To do so, you would compare the actions of the defendant to those of a “reasonably careful” individual facing similar circumstances.
  • The breach of duty led to injuries: It is not enough that the defendant disobeyed the rules of the road or drove dangerously. Those actions must have directly or proximately caused your injuries. This means the crash would not have happened had the other driver acted with greater care.

Your auto accident lawyer in South Carolina will give you more information regarding how to prove fault after your crash.

Frequently asked questions about car accidents

The team at The Rembert Law Firm frequently receives questions from people who have been involved in auto accidents. Below are answers to a few of the most common questions:

What should I do after an accident?

First, call 911 to get medical attention for anyone who has been injured. If you do not need medical attention, you should still call the police to the scene so that they can take down information on the events that happened.

Be sure to relay just the facts known to you. You should also collect information from other drivers and witnesses, and use your phone to take pictures of the scene, if possible.

Should I call the insurance company right away?

It is strongly suggested that you do not speak to the other driver’s insurance company before you consult an attorney. The other driver’s insurer will work to minimize the compensation you receive, and may even try to place you at fault. Having an experienced car accident lawyer make the call instead will ensure you don’t make any mistakes that could impact your right to compensation.

How long do I have to file a personal injury suit?

Under South Carolina law, you have three years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury claim. This is known as the “statute of limitations.”

What types of compensation can I recover?

You may seek monetary damages that cover your medical bills, rehabilitation, long-term care, property damage and lost wages. You may also be able to seek noneconomic damages that compensate you for your pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life. In rare cases, punitive damages may be an option to punish someone for particularly reckless conduct.

Contact a knowledgeable Charleston auto accident lawyer
To receive the legal counsel you need to recover compensation after your crash, speak with a trusted auto accident attorney at The Rembert Law Firm. Our lawyers are dedicated to fighting for your rights. Call our office at (843) 779-5688 or contact us online to get started.