Charleston Car Accident Attorneys
Advocates for justice for those injured in are crashes throughout South Carolina
After you have suffered a serious injury in a car crash that was caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be able to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to recover damages for your injuries and property damage. Working with an experienced Charleston auto accident attorney ensures that you are getting the best compensation possible, and if you must file a lawsuit, a skilled auto accident attorney will develop a compelling case on your behalf and fight to make sure that you received the compensation you deserve.
At the South Carolina law firm of McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, we have years of legal experience. Our Charleston auto accident attorneys tap into that experience to help victims and their families obtain the compensation they deserve when someone else’s negligent actions have caused them harm.
How many people are hurt in SC car accidents?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that traffic crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In 2018, there were 970 fatal traffic crashes in South Carolina alone, leading to over 1000 deaths.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reports that in 2014, the amount of auto accidents worked out to:
- One traffic collision every 3.7 minutes
- One fatal collision every 9.5 hours
- One person injured every 8.7 minutes
- One teen driver injured or killed in a collision every 1.3 hours
- One pedestrian killed every 2.3 days
- One motorcyclist killed every 3.1 days
Even the safest and most cautious driver on the road can be the victim of a careless and negligent driver.
What are the most common causes of car accidents in Charleston, SC?
There are many factors leading up to two or more vehicles crashing into one another or into a stationary object, but there are a few more common factors that cause auto accidents which are almost always preventable. They include:
- Drunk driving
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Defective automotive parts
Driver error is one of the leading causes of auto accidents and can be prevented by changing behavior. A breach of that duty of care usually involves negligence and makes the negligent party liable in a lawsuit even if the negligence was accidental and unintended. At McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, we uphold the rights of Charleston auto accident victims in boardrooms and in courtrooms, fighting for justice on behalf of those who have been seriously injured because of another driver’s negligence.
What damages can I collect from a car crash claim?
When you have been injured due to the negligent actions of someone else, you deserve to be compensated for the losses that you might have suffered in the accident. Compensation is available either from a successful claim against the negligent party’s insurance company, or through a jury verdict from a personal injury lawsuit if a fair settlement cannot be reached outside of court. Examples of damages commonly include:
- Medical expenses incurred from accident-related injuries
- Future anticipated medical bills
- Lost wages – both current and future – related to injuries form the accident
- Disability and diminished earning capacity due to accident injuries
- Pain and suffering
There is never any cost or obligation when you call McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC. You will find a Charleston auto accident lawyer is happy to have a conversation about your auto accident injuries, and your options for pursuing compensation.
Considering filing a car wreck lawsuit in Charleston? Consult with us and learn about your options
If you have been hurt in an auto accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver, you may quickly feel overwhelmed by questions about what to do next. A professional Charleston auto accident attorney can answer your questions and offer strategic, legal guidance that is relevant to your case. Contact McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, and schedule a free consultation today. Please call 803-327-7800 or fill out our contact form today to find out more.