Motor Vehicle Accidents
A significant cause of personal injury and death.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, auto, SUV and light truck crashes and fatalities increased in 2012 after six consecutive years of declining fatalities on our nation’s highways. The nation lost 33,561 people in crashes on roadways during 2012, compared to 32,479 in 2011. Increased traffic and construction on South Carolina interstates and highways have contributed to this rise. (Image at right represents locations of fatalities on South Carolina’s highways in 2012.)
What to do if you or a loved one is injured:
- Write down the names of any witnesses and their contact information
- Seek medical treatment as soon as possible after the accident
- Take pictures of your vehicle and the other vehicle involved (remember, your cell phone may have a built-in camera)
- Take pictures of the location where the accident took place
Claims investigators from the other driver’s insurance company or representatives of your own insurance company may contact you. Other than reporting your claim to your insurance company, you should not give them statements about the accident until you speak with an attorney. Chappell, Smith & Arden represents individuals who are involved in motor vehicle accidents as the result of negligent or careless conduct of other drivers.
Do not be satisfied with what the negligent driver’s insurance company says you are entitled to.
Insurance companies are motivated by profit and will try to settle for as little money as possible. Too often, injured motor vehicle victims will settle their claims for far less than that to which they are entitled. It is important to have an experienced attorney fight for the compensation to which you are entitled and ensure that your rights are protected.
Our personal injury attorneys understand accident litigation and know what to investigate.
Our motor vehicle attorneys will consult with health care professionals and planners, and economic impact analysts to strengthen and build your case, and to determine damages based on lost wages, future medical costs, and loss in quality of life. In addition, our motor vehicle accident attorneys will conduct investigations with the help of accident reconstruction experts, skid mark analysts, and investigators to determine the cause of the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto, SUV or light truck vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
A motor vehicle accident victim may be entitled to damages, including the following:
We understand that this can be a very difficult time for the victims of the accidents and their families. We stand ready to discuss your case with you and assist with any questions or concerns related to your claim.