What Steps Should I Take After a Car Accident?

Even if you’re a conscientious driver, you still face the risk of getting in a car accident, because many drivers choose to engage in careless or even reckless conduct when behind the wheel. If you’ve sustained injuries in a car crash, please read on and contact our experienced Chesterfield County car accident lawyer to learn more about what you need to do to limit liability and maximize your compensation.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?

Aside from seeking medical assistance for any injuries you’ve sustained, you should document the facts surrounding your car accident. If you’re able, you should do the following:

  1. Call 911 from the scene of the accident. The police will write up a report.
  2. While waiting for first responders, obtain the other driver’s insurance information.
  3. Document any and all damage to vehicles, property, and injuries you sustained.
  4. Obtain the contact information for the witnesses to your accident.
  5. Take photos and videos of the damage to your vehicle and the other driver’s vehicle, the other driver’s license plate, an image or video of the entire crash site, and any signs or traffic signals in the vicinity of the crash.
  6. Get a copy of the police report from the responding officer.

WHO IS AT FAULT AND HOW IS IT DETERMINED?

Under South Carolina’s modified comparative negligence system, the person found to be 51% or more at fault for the accident is responsible for paying compensation. However, the plaintiff’s compensation will be reduced based on their percentage of fault. If you were 15% at fault, you will receive a 15% reduction in compensation. Fault is determined by any and all of the following actions: hitting a car from behind, taking a left turn, violating a traffic law, receiving a traffic citation during the accident, making comments admitting or implying personal blame after the accident, statements from witnesses, and level of impairment. If you were found to be running a red light, turning at a no-turn on red, or going over the speed limit, you will most likely be found at fault.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE CLAIMS?

In South Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury arising out of a car accident is three years, starting on the date of the incident. While that may seem like a lot of time, it’s important that you or your representative get your lawsuit filed against any potential defendants as soon as possible, if for no other reason than having leverage during settlement talks. Even if you’re confident in your case, you should reach out to an experienced Chesterfield County personal injury lawyer immediately.

CONTACT A CHESTERFIELD COUNTY PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER

No one should have to endure a serious injury at the hands of a negligent party on their own. If you’ve been hurt due to no fault of your own, we are here to fight for the justice you deserve. Time is of the essence, and we are ready to get the ball rolling at once. Contact the Cockrell Law Firm, P.C. today to schedule your free initial consultation with our legal team.

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