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Even with great strides in automobile safety, car and motorcycle accidents can and do happen, causing significant damage to vehicles as well as expensive medical costs. If you or your loved one has been injured in an auto or motorcycle accident, contacting legal counsel about your case is imperative. An attorney will be able to answer your questions and help walk you through the legal process of your case.

What Should You Do After A Car Accident In South Carolina?

The screeching tires, the shattered glass, the sudden jolt of the seat belt against your flesh. An auto accident feels like slow-motion chaos. Once the proverbial dust begins to settle, the actions you take in the following moments are critical to ensuring you have the tools and resources you need to make as full a recovery as possible.

First of all, check yourself. Are you bleeding? Does your head hurt? Are all of your limbs and digits functioning? Is the scene safe? If you seem to be largely okay, look around you. Are there any injured passengers? Once you've accounted for yourself and others, it's time to get in touch with the police (they may already be on the scene or on their way), exchange information, identify witnesses, and start planning to protect your interests (Read "Steps To Take After An Accident" for more detailed information on these steps).

As you leave the scene, your next step MUST be the hospital or other medical facility. Even if you feel fine, you need to have some basic checks performed to rule out silent killers like internal bleeding. It also creates a record of your treatment that can be invaluable in the event it becomes necessary to pursue a personal injury claim. Some injuries take hours, days, and even weeks to fully manifest. Feeling fine while still riding high on post-crash adrenaline doesn't mean you'll feel fine in a couple of hours.

If you have a serious injury on your hands, the next step is seeking the advice of an experienced South Carolina car accident lawyer who can guide your personal injury claim through the legal process to get you the financial compensation you deserve.

South Carolina Car Accident Claim Process

At Drennan Law Firm, our car accident lawyers are skilled at maximizing financial compensation for the victims of motor vehicle accidents. This includes obtaining compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost earnings and more. We aren't afraid to take cases to trial and the insurance companies know it. This leads to better settlement offers as they know we won't take the bait of a low ball offer just to make the case go away.

The first step in the process is to get our experienced team working for you. Then, we will begin gathering evidence and putting together a strong case for trial. Preparing to take things the distance is also the best way to obtain a fair settlement offer that provides the compensation a victim needs to be made whole again. If a settlement is not in your best interest, we are prepared to go to trial with a strong case designed to achieve a successful jury verdict in your favor.

Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

Seeking the advice of an attorney should be the first step in your settlement process. A personal injury lawyer will be able to sort through the accident and medical reports as well as determine useful witness information. They know your rights and can represent your voice in the legal world. Do not listen to what the insurance company try to tell you. We can help you with seeking compensation for things like medical bills as well as pain and suffering. Our attorneys handle all kind of accidents and injuries. Whether you were in a head-on-collision or were involved in a collision with a truck, we can help.

Steps to Take After an Accident

As we covered before, we cannot stress enough how important it is to follow the proper steps after an accident has occurred. If you have an experienced a car or motorcycle accident, it is important to follow a few proper measures to ensure that you have all the information you need to report a claim.

  • Contact the police immediately following the collision and request medical personnel for injuries
  • Give your information to the police officer including your driver's license, insurance, and registration
  • Ask for the police report number the incident will be filed under
  • Record the other driver's license and plate information
  • Get contact information from any witnesses at the scene

The exception is if you have suffered a serious injury. In that case, the first step is always to get the medical treatment you need. However, if you are conscious and appear to have gotten by with only a few scrapes you can follow the steps above before getting checked out at a local hospital. That's important to do even if you think you are unscathed; it can take days or weeks for some symptoms to present themselves and it's crucial to make sure you are not suffering from internal bleeding.

If you have been seriously injured, your next step should be to contact an attorney to discuss the merits of your case. While seeking out an attorney may not be the first thing on your mind, it is essential if you have an injury that could result in costly medical bills or even disability. There are filing deadlines that limit the length of time you can file a personal injury claim, so time is of the essence. The reality is that your insurance company and other parties involved in the accident will probably begin seeking counsel immediately as well in the event of a severe accident.

We Are Here to Help Through This Tough Time

If you have suffered an injury as the result of a car or motorcycle accident, contact one of our Charleston & Mt. Pleasant auto accidents lawyers today to schedule your free consultation. Our attorneys at Drennan Law Firm are ready to fight with you through this process to maximize your settlement for medical bills, property, and damage claims. Do not trust the insurance company.

How To Hire A South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer

Call our South Carolina car accident injury lawyers at 843-352-4149 or email today. Our law firm helps the injured.