It is easy to get overwhelmed in the aftermath of a car accident. In addition to the shock of the accident itself and the pain caused by your injuries, there is the additional stress caused by missed days of work and the loss of your vehicle. Unfortunately, it is during this time when you are most vulnerable that your insurer will be expecting you to make statements and decisions in regards to your claim. For this reason, it is in your interests to consult with an experienced car accident attorney, to ensure that your rights and best interests are protected.
How A Car Accident Attorney Can Help
When dealing with insurance companies, it is important to realize that it is in their financial interest to undervalue or deny your claim. Before making any statements that can be used against you or accepting a settlement offer, it is important to speak with an experienced car accident attorney first. The following are three ways we can help:
Proving that the other driver is to blame for your car accident & injuries.
The South Carolina Department of Insurance advises that all drivers are required to maintain minimum liability coverage, but this is basically to protect other drivers in the event of an accident in which you are at fault. To collect against another driver’s policy, you will need to prove they were to blame. We can assist you in gathering evidence including police reports, video surveillance tapes, and witness statements, while consulting with accident reconstruction experts.
Ensuring that the total amount of property damages and medical expenses are covered.
When calculating settlements, insurers often rely on inaccurate repair cost averages, while considering only your current medical expenses. An attorney can help make sure the total cost to repair or replace your vehicle and any rental car costs are covered, in addition to getting you compensation for any future medical expenses and lost wages or benefits you are likely incur.
Getting compensation, even if you were partially at fault for your car accident.
Under South Carolina’s comparative negligence statutes, you may be entitled to compensation even if you are partly responsible for the accident. For example, if you suffered $100,000 worth of damages as the result of your car accident and it was determined that you were 25 percent responsible, you may still be entitled to $75,000, or 75 percent of the total claim amount.
Have You Been Involved In A Car Accident?
If you or someone you care about is involved in a car accident, contact the Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our South Carolina car accident attorneys provide professional legal representation to assist you in getting the maximum amount of compensation you need to recover. Be aware that once you accept an insurance settlement, you will be forfeiting your rights to any future claims. Do not be pressured into making a decision you will later regret.