Out-of-State Vacation Injuries & Tourist Accidents
Injured While on Vacation in South Carolina?
If you’re reading this page, it is likely that your visit to South Carolina involved some kind of significant accident or injury. Unfortunately, when someone from out of state is injured in an accident here, they might be reluctant to pursue a legal claim, especially if they live a significant distance from South Carolina.
At Drennan Law Firm, we serve clients from all over the country who have been injured throughout South Carolina, including Charleston, Columbia, Mt. Pleasant, Rock Hill, Goose Creek, Greenville, Summerville, Hilton Head Island, and Myrtle Beach. Our attorneys know how to handle these injury cases, so we can take care of your legal concerns with minimal travel on your part.
South Carolina: A Dangerous Place to Drive
Although we love South Carolina and it’s a beautiful place to live, we do not have the best record for driving. In fact, South Carolina has the third worst drivers in the country and the most auto accident fatalities per capita than any other state.
From our most dangerous roadways to the distracted driving epidemic, auto accidents are all too frequent. Big rig and other work truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents occur frequently here.
Common Types of Vacation Accidents
Family vacations are a lot of fun, but there is always a potential for you to get hurt. Unfortunately, an injury can ruin your good time, and it could impact your future.
There are some vacation accidents that are more likely than others, like tourist car crashes, bus crashes on tours, slip and fall injuries, beach accident, recreational vehicle accidents, pool/hot tub accidents, taxi/uber accident, or boating accidents at sea. If you are hurt, you need to know that you can seek medical care no matter where you are.
How to Prepare for an Injury While on Vacation?
The first thing to do is to make sure you have travel insurance. Even though the likelihood is that an injury caused by another person would be covered by their insurance, you need to make sure you are covered if they don’t have insurance.
Another thing to do is to make sure your vehicle is in good condition before you take it on vacation. If it breaks down or you blow a tire, you need to know how to get back on the road. Many people are injured when distracted drivers don’t notice them and cause secondary crashes. If you do end up on the side of the road, stay in your car, buckled up, unless you’re changing a tire or far enough from the road to be safe.
A third thing to do to be better prepared for injuries on vacation is to carry your health insurance card and a card with your information on it on hand. By having copies, it’s easier to provide those to insurers, police officers or others who might be at the scene of an accident and need your information.
Finally, get to know your routes. If you’re biking, walking, running or traveling in any way, you need to have a good idea about where you’re headed and the hazards that might be present. Talk to locals, ask for advice about safe travel routes and don’t be afraid to pull over or wait for assistance if you’re not confident for any reason. It’s better to take your time to get to your destination than to make errors that result in a crash, pedestrian accident or other incident.
Vacation is supposed to be a fun time with family and friends, but it can result in some harmful injuries. Fortunately, good preparation can make it easier to handle unexpected events on vacation, so you can get back to your normal life as quickly as possible.
The Importance of Local Representation for Tourist Injuries
One of the most important ingredients for success in a motor vehicle accident claim is knowledge. Having easier access to the facts of the case and experience in the local courts gives a local firm an important edge in litigation. Also, a local firm with boots on the ground can handle all of the casework leading up to a possible trial or the local settlement negotiations.
The South Carolina tourist accident lawyers of Drennan Law Firm know how to handle litigation for tourist accidents. We will help you get full compensation for the injuries and losses from your accident.