Columbia Car Accident Lawyers
Representing Victims Injured in Wrecks Across South Carolina
Car accidents may leave significant issues in their wake including serious medical problems for victims, financial hardships, and life-altering circumstances such as a permanent disability that makes it virtually impossible to earn a livable wage. When a wreck results in a fatality, it creates emotional distress and harrowing expenses for those left behind.
While you embark on the long road to recovery, qualified legal professionals like the Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A. will assist you in mapping out your case and recovering the maximum amount of compensation you need and deserve for your trauma. Many options exist when litigating a wreck, and we will inform you about each one, so that you are directed toward the best course of action.
According to recent statistics, about 90 percent of car accidents result from driver errors. This means that one or more of the drivers contributed to the wreck and determines the distribution of financial compensation in the settlement of an insurance claim or lawsuit. A lawyer will investigate the details and evidence regarding the wreck and establish who is at fault.
In South Carolina, comparative negligence will be considered when examining who is at fault in a car wreck. If the evidence in a case shows that both drivers contributed to the accident, the amount of damages to which the injured party is entitled may be reduced depending on the level of negligence each party demonstrated. It may only be about 10 percent of fault, but the driver will be responsible for that amount, which may be taken from the total of the settlement.
Pursuing Financial Compensation After Car Wrecks
Several options may be pursued in order to recover financial compensation after a car accident. Compensation is intended to cover medical bills, time off from work, and other injury-related expenses.
Filing a claim with insurance companies after a car accident is standard, but filing a claim against the other driver’s insurance company may prove challenging. Most insurance companies will offer the smallest award possible, which is often less than the amount to which the other party is entitled. Therefore, having a lawyer negotiate the claim is paramount in ensuring that the appropriate amount of compensation is received. If the insurance company outright denies the claim for whatever reason including stating that their client is not at fault, further action can be taken.
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Recover Maximum Compensation for Accident Victims
At Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A., our Columbia car accident lawyers strive to recover the maximum amount of compensation for victims of car wrecks. We will determine who is responsible for the accident and fight to ensure justice is served. Along the way, we will keep you informed about the status of your case and offer legal guidance, so that you can make decisions that benefit your future.
With six office locations throughout South Carolina, we provide the knowledge and personal attention you need when a car accident renders you injured and a claim must be filed. Call us today at 803-929-3600 or toll-free at 800-531-9780 or contact us online to arrange a free case review. We proudly serve clients in Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County, and in the municipalities of Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Rock Hill, Aiken, Sumter, Newberry, Florence, and Spartanburg.