Thousands of people are injured or killed each year in car accidents, and a vast majority of these are preventable. For most people in South Carolina, driving a car is more of a necessity than a luxury. We rely on our vehicles for business, family, and just about everything. Unfortunately, driving isn't without its risks. Even if you are the safest driver on the road and follow all known laws, you may not be able to avoid being injured in a car accident. Why is this? Simply because we cannot control the behavior of other drivers on our roadways today, so our fate is left to the mercy of others.
Whether you are the driver or a passenger who has been in a collision, or a pedestrian or cyclist injured by a vehicle who failed to follow the rules of the road, you need an experienced car accident attorney who can give your case the attention it deserves.
Major Causes of Car Accidents
Many car crashes are caused by poor driving habits and just plain driver negligence. The most frequent causes of motor vehicle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Teenage drivers
- Aggressive driving
- Ignoring adverse weather
- Ignoring stop signs or failing to yield
- Defective vehicles
Of these major accident causes, the problem of distracted driving is one that is gaining nationwide attention due to its severity. Nationwide, more than 400,000 people are injured each year in accidents caused by distracted drivers. Operating a vehicle while texting is now against the law in South Carolina, but there are many states that have banned the use of electronic devices in vehicles altogether. Despite the ban, the accidents and injuries continue.
Most people are distracted while driving because they are using a smartphone, but they could also be eating, applying makeup, or speaking to other passengers. A University of Utah study
found that just talking on a cell phone while driving can increase the chance of an accident occurring by as much as four times. This is nearly the same risk as drinking and driving. If you text and drive, the risk of an accident goes up eightfold. These statistics may be shocking in themselves, but the damage from even a minor car accident can be truly devastating.
Types of Damages in a Car Accident Case
If you've been injured in a car accident, there are probably many expenses and hardships that are challenging your sense of fairness. When you've done nothing wrong, yet are suffering physically, emotionally, and even financially, you feel there has to be a way to set things right. Fortunately, you have legal recourse against those who have caused you harm, where you can recover damages for such things as:
- Past, present, and future medical care
- Compensation for lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Since car accidents are so common, too many people mistakenly believe that they don't need legal representation. This couldn't be further from the truth. Insurance companies attempt to underpay victims or place blame where there shouldn't be any at all. The primary reason to retain an attorney is to have someone on your side, fighting for your rights every step of the way.
Where to go for Help
The first step to retaining a car accident attorney is to receive a free consultation. Chad Pye will be happy to meet with you to discuss the specifics of your case. We can then advise you on the best course of action for your particular situation. We have helped many South Carolina residents get the money they need after a car accident and will put our experience to work for you and your family. Contact our experienced auto accident attorney
at (864) 583-5658.