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Car Accident Attorneys in Greenville, SC

If you have been injured in a car accident due to another’s negligence, it is your right to hold that party financially liable for the damages you suffered. While you have this right, it is important to remember that compensation is never guaranteed nor automatically granted – especially when insurance companies care more about profits than people harmed by their policy holders, and do all they can to pay as little as possible. For this reason, having an experienced attorney by your side when filing a claim after a car accident can make all the difference.

Our Greenville car accident lawyers at Christian & Davis LLC have dedicated their professional careers to fighting on behalf of injured victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Because these legal matters involve unique laws, procedures, and issues many victims are unfamiliar with, we make it our mission to help them step-by-step through the process and toward the compensation they deserve.

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Personal Injury Claims in South Carolina

When it comes to car accidents and your right to compensation, filing a personal injury claim, or another insurance claim, is often how injured victims seek a recovery of their damages. While every case is different and will involve unique facts and circumstances, there are a few important things to consider about car accident claims.

  • Personal Injury Claims / Lawsuits – Personal injury law provides victims injured by the negligence of others (such as a negligent driver) to seek financial compensation for their damages. More often than not, these cases are resolved out of the courtroom through the filing of a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company (or a victim’s own insurance company in certain cases, such as those involving an uninsured or underinsured motorist). In cases where insurance companies may dispute fault and liability, or refuse to make sufficient settlement offers, a personal injury lawsuit may be filed. These lawsuits are handled in civil court, and they may be resolved via settlement prior to any trial taking place, or through a verdict reached at trial.
  • Statute of Limitations – One important factor to consider when pursuing a personal injury case is the statute of limitations. This generally means the time limit before which victims must file a lawsuit. In South Carolina, the statute of limitations in most car accident cases is three years from the date of the accident. However, if the defendant is a government entity (such as a city which owns a public bus that caused an accident), the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. Because any failure to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out means that victims won’t have a case, it is best to bring a car accident case to the attention of a skilled attorney as soon as possible.
  • Damages – The ultimate goal of any personal injury claim is to help victims recover the financial compensation they need to cover their damages. In car accident cases, these damages can include a range of economic and non-economic losses, in addition to property damage, victims suffer as a result of their injuries, including their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional suffering, and more,

Leveling the Playing Field with Insurance Companies

One of the most important aspects to take into account with any car accident claim is that they are handled by insurance companies. This means your claim will likely be handled by the at-fault driver’s insurance company, or by your own insurance company in cases such as uninsured and underinsured motorist claims. These insurance companies are powerful corporations, and they have a financial interests in protect their bottom lines and paying victims as little as they possibly can.

For these reasons, insurance companies may be quick to offer victims low-ball settlement offers after a car accident, even if it is less than what a victim needs or when a victim still does not know the full scope of their damages (because they haven’t yet completed treatment or recovered fully). It may also lead insurance companies to raise disputes over fault and liability (such as by blaming car accidents on victims themselves), dispute the amount of compensation a victim is entitled to, or otherwise make settlement offers that don’t fully meet victims’ needs.

Because insurance companies are keen on paying as little as possible and on overpowering victims who lack an understanding of the claim process, personal injury laws, and their rights and options, working with an experienced car accident attorney can be crucial to protecting your rights and interests. At Christian & Davis LLC, we know how insurance companies operate and handle car accident claims because we’ve handled numerous auto accident cases throughout South Carolina since 1975. Our experience and our resources allow us to create a level playing field between our clients and the insurance companies they face off against, and fight for the maximum compensation possible.

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If you or someone you love has recently been involved in a preventable car accident, Christian & Davis LLC is available to help you learn more about your rights, the auto accident claim and personal injury process, and how we can fight for the compensation you deserve. To speak personally with a member of our firm during a FREE consultation, contact us today.

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