Charleston Car Accident Lawyers
Dedicated to Seeking Fair Compensation for Your Injuries
There is never a good time or place for an automobile accident, but it
is often what happens
after the accident that determines how devastating the impact will ultimately
be. State traffic laws may incentivize safe driving, but there are still
thousands of injury-causing auto accidents each year in Charleston County.
While insurance requirements help provide a means for financial compensation,
insurance companies are notorious for offering low-ball settlements or
trying to deny claims.
With an experienced Charleston car accident attorney in your corner, you're
protected against the insurance companies, corporate giants, banks, hospitals,
and the government who aren't always looking out for your best interests.
Without an experienced lawyer by your side, you may well find yourself victimized
a second time! At
Kahn Law Firm, LLP, we've been looking out for our clients from the very beginning. With
decades of experience, you can rest assured that we’ve worked on
many cases like yours and know how to proceed to get you the compensation
you need to recover.
Reasons To Choose Kahn Law Firm, LLP
- We Provide Free Consultations
- We're Board Certified Lawyers
- We Answer Phone Calls 24/7
- We Offer Weekend Appointments
- We Don't Charge Any Legal Fees Unless We Win
- We're Backed By 95 Years Of Collective Experience
Contact us by phone at (843) 547-0240 or
email us today to get started with a FREE consultation!
How Is Liability Determined Following an Auto Accident?
Sometimes, it is readily apparent who the offending party was in a car
accident. However, other times assigning fault may require a lengthy investigation,
court hearing or trial. In some situations, liability is shared between
two or more parties.
Most auto accidents are a result of:
- Ignoring traffic signs or signals
- Driving too fast or too slow
- Driving while intoxicated
- Bad weather conditions
- Distracted driving
- Texting or using a cell phone while driving
- Driver fatigue
- Aggressive driving
At Kahn Law Firm, LLP, we are not satisfied with only second-hand sources.
Instead, we conduct a full investigation of our own to ensure the strength
of each and every case. This includes visiting the scene of the accident,
interviewing witnesses, and searching out public records. By investigating
each accident so thoroughly, we're often able to reach a settlement
without having to file a lawsuit.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
Stay calm and call the police. Do not leave the scene of an accident, even if you believe you aren’t
at fault. Remain at the scene, call the police, and wait for them to arrive.
When the police arrive, they will determine who may be at fault and write
up a report – find out how you can get a copy of the police report
for your claim.
Check for injuries. If you, a passenger, or the other driver is injured, call an ambulance
Gather information. Get the names of the driver, their insurance information, and their license
plate numbers. Take pictures of the scene, your car, and your injuries
from several different angles. Write down contact information of any witnesses.
Don't admit fault. Even something as simple as saying “I’m sorry,” can
be interpreted as admitting fault for the accident.
See a doctor. Not all injuries show up immediately. Even if you feel fine, you should
always see a doctor to make sure that you have not been seriously injured.
If you do not see a doctor, insurers may think you are not injured and
may deny your claim.
Contact an attorney. If you hire a
personal injury attorney to handle your claim, insurers are more likely to take you seriously and
settle your claim for a fair amount.
We only charge legal fees if we recover compensation, so you can be confident
in our ability to deliver great results. Don't wait to file an injury
claim after your car accident.
Call our office today at
(843) 547-0240 to schedule your
free case evaluation! Our Charleston car accident attorneys are ready to help.
Charleston Car Accident FAQ
I was partially to blame for my crash. Can I still be compensated?
Yes. Under South Carolina's "modified comparative negligence"
rule, you may still recover damages in a car-accident-related lawsuit,
but your award will be reduced by a percentage equal to your share of
fault for the collision. For example, if you were involved in a collision
and suffered $100,000 worth of damages but were found to be 20% at fault,
you would still be able to recover up to $80,000 (or $100,000 less 20%).
If your level of fault exceeds that of the other party, however, you will
not be able to recover any damages.
How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?
South Carolina Code of Laws section 15-3-530, you have three years to file a car accident lawsuit in court against
the responsible party, whether it be for personal injury, property damage, or
wrongful death. This time limit is commonly known as a "statute of limitations."
For injury and property damage cases, this "clock" begins on
the day of your collision, or in the case of wrongful death, on the day
of death if it is different from the day of the accident itself. If you
try to file a claim after this time limit expires, your case will almost
certainly be dismissed and you will effectively be barred from recovering
compensation. Since complying with this deadline can ultimately make or
break your claim, it is important you get in touch with a skilled attorney
as soon as possible to guard your rights.
Will I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. Most car accident claims are eventually settled through
out-of-court negotiations between your attorney and the opposition's
insurance company. However, if the insurance company does not offer you
an amount we belive is fair, or if they heavily contest your claim, a
trial may be necessary to maximize your chances of securing a favorable
outcome. While it is nearly impossible to predict whether or not a case
will go to trial, it is best to consult with an attorney to get a good
idea of your situation and understand your legal options.