South Carolina has many amazing vacation destinations, from the surf and sand of Myrtle Beach to the beauty and history of Charleston. Thousands of vacationers are drawn to all parts of the state every year.

Being a busy tourist destination also brings traffic, which inevitably leads to car accidents. Unfortunately, some visitors end up being involved in a car accident while they are far from home.

As if it wasn’t bad enough to be in a car crash, an accident while on vacation adds another element to the situation. You came to have fun, but instead you’re in an unfamiliar place, where you may not be aware of the local laws or even know where to seek medical attention.

Get Local Help After a Car Crash in South Carolina

While it is always a good idea to get help from a lawyer after a car accident, it is especially important to hire a local lawyer in the community where the accident took place if you got into an accident while on vacation.

If you have been in a car accident while on vacation in South Carolina, a local lawyer can help guide you through the specific things you need to know about an accident in South Carolina. A local law firm will also be able to help make sure you get the medical care you need while you are still in town, referring you to doctors, specialists and therapists. A local lawyer can also help you make rental car arrangements and take care of other practical matters.

A local South Carolina attorney will know the state laws and know the local court system much better than an attorney near your home. It will be easier for a local lawyer to work with local experts on your case to ensure a complete investigation of the crash.

Out-of-State Lawyers Face Hurdles

If you are from a different state, the lawyers in your hometown probably are not licensed to practice law in South Carolina. That means they would have to make special arrangements and get the court’s approval in order to represent you in court in South Carolina.

An out-of-state lawyer would also lack easy access to the courthouse in the South Carolina community where your car accident happened. A lawyer from your hometown would have to travel long distances to make court dates, increasing the potential for wires to get crossed and costs to add up.

These practical matters are not an issue for a lawyer who is licensed in South Carolina and practices law here.

If you have been involved in a car crash while on vacation in beautiful South Carolina, do yourself a favor and contact a qualified local car accident attorney to help you with your case.

About the Author

Mark Joye is the Head of the Litigation Department at the Joye Law Firm. A Board-Certified Trial Advocate with nearly 30 years of litigation experience, he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In a recent trial, Joye headed a trial team that secured $17 million for a family killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

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