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When a car accident occurs, it can feel chaotic and overwhelming for victims. Dealing with injuries, vehicle damage, and insurance companies alone can leave you feeling stressed and confused.

 

You may consider calling a lawyer after a crash but are unsure of the best time to seek legal representation. Consulting with  South Carolina auto accident attorney from Joye Law Firm as soon as possible after an accident can help you gather evidence and file a successful claim to receive maximum compensation.

When Should You Speak with a Lawyer After a Collision?

In South Carolina, if you’re involved in a car accident, the at-fault party is responsible for damages and injuries resulting from the collision. While you might be tempted to handle things on your own, speaking with a lawyer immediately after the accident can help protect your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Collision Reports and Your Insurer

You must report any accident that results in bodily injury or over $1,000 in property damage to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles within 15 days. Your insurance company may also require you to report the accident, even if you are not at fault.

Speaking with an attorney before taking these steps can ensure you fill out all reports accurately, which can support your claim.

Third-Party Claims

You should always speak with a lawyer before contacting the other driver’s insurance company to protect your rights. Their insurer will safeguard its interests and may try to settle the claim quickly, leaving you with a low settlement that doesn’t cover all your damages.

For example, if you talk with the other driver’s adjuster without an attorney, they might pressure you into accepting a settlement by telling you your claim isn’t worth more. They might also claim you admitted guilt when giving a statement when you said you felt bad for the other driver.

A skilled lawyer can help you navigate the claims system and work on your behalf so you don’t accept less compensation than you deserve.

Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer Immediately

Hiring a lawyer immediately after an auto collision can benefit your claim. An attorney can work quickly to gather evidence and build a strong case in your favor to ensure your claim has the best possible chance of success.

  • Start building your case: Contacting a lawyer early on means they can start building your case and gathering evidence before it becomes difficult to obtain or loses its value. For example, skid marks on the road may fade, witnesses may forget important details, and surveillance footage may be erased.
  • Protection of your legal rights: Your attorney can protect your rights by ensuring that all necessary paperwork is filed on time and all applicable laws and regulations are followed. They can also advise you on your rights and responsibilities as the case progresses.
  • Handle communication with insurance companies: Your lawyer will handle all communication, including negotiating with adjusters, submitting paperwork, and answering questions. They will use their experience to deflect insurance company tactics to deny or reduce your claim.
  • Evaluate your damages: Your legal team will evaluate your damages to ensure you receive a fair settlement. They will calculate your lost wages, medical expenses, and additional accident-related costs like physical therapy. They can also help you understand what damages you may be eligible to receive, such as compensation for pain and suffering.

By hiring a lawyer to handle the legal aspects of your car accident, you can reduce your stress, focus on your recovery, and return to your daily life. Your attorney from Joye Law Firm will use their legal expertise to deal with insurance companies, adjusters, and paperwork, allowing you to put your energy into rebuilding your life after a crash.

Talk to a South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer for Free

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, taking action immediately is vital to protect your rights and get a fair settlement. Don’t wait to contact Joye Law Firm. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources to build a strong case and help you get the compensation you need to move forward.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our car accident attorneys.

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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