Myrtle Beach attracts millions of tourists to South Carolina each year. Whether on vacation or going about their daily lives, people in cars and trucks, on motorcycles, and on foot all converge on the Grand Strand.
You cannot control careless drivers who disregard Myrtle Beach speed limits and traffic laws, nor those who are distracted by the beach town’s sights and sounds. When a driver’s carelessness or negligence causes a crash that leads to serious injuries, you do have control over how you respond.
To hold the negligent driver fully accountable after a car accident, you need an experienced Myrtle Beach car accident lawyer whose guidance you can trust. You also need someone who cares about you. Our Myrtle Beach car crash injury attorneys at Joye Law Firm are ready to help you. Our car accident attorneys have nearly 250 years of combined legal experience and promise to treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve.
Our goal is to help you recover full compensation for the injuries and losses wrongly inflicted upon you and to help you put the accident behind you.
During a free, no-obligation consultation, we will listen carefully to your concerns and explain your legal options and how we can help. Contact us now at 888-324-3100 in Myrtle Beach or online if you are facing medical expenses due to car accident injuries someone else has caused.
Car Accident Statistics for Myrtle Beach
Horry County, which includes Myrtle Beach, has some of the highest counts of motor vehicle accidents in South Carolina. Statistics compiled by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety show that the S.C. Highway Patrol investigated 59 traffic fatalities in Horry County in 2020, a number topped only by much larger Greenville, Charleston, and Spartanburg counties.
Horry County traffic deaths in 2020 accounted for 5.75% of the state’s total 1,025 traffic fatalities. In 2019, Horry County had the highest number of traffic deaths in the state, with 61 – 8% of the state’s total.
The types of motor vehicle accidents you are likely to encounter in the Myrtle Beach area and that Joye Law Firm can help you with include:
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drowsy driving accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Side-impact or T-bone collisions
- Sideswipe collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Accidents involving motorcycles
- Pedestrian accidents
The first three types of accidents on our list – drunk driving, distracted driving, and drowsy driving – are more common in tourist areas such as Myrtle Beach. Vacationers who are partying in Myrtle Beach sometimes get behind the wheel while impaired and cause preventable, alcohol-related accidents. Some drivers pay more attention to what is happening on the Grand Strand’s sidewalks than on the road ahead and cause distracted driving accidents.
Drunk, distracted, and drowsy drivers jeopardize the safety of everyone they encounter. They should be held accountable for the accidents and injuries they cause. A personal injury lawyer at Joye Law Firm can help understand your rights and hold the at-fault drive financially responsible for your injuries.
Common Car Crash Injuries in Myrtle Beach
People injured in car accidents often sustain injuries by being slammed against a safety restraint such as a shoulder restraint or the car’s hard interior surfaces such as the steering wheel, dashboard, or door panels. The rapid deployment of airbags during a collision also can cause injuries. A driver or passengers not wearing seatbelts can be thrown into the windshield or ejected from the vehicle.
Among the most common car accident injuries are:
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI). A blow, violent jolt, or penetrating injury to the head can cause bruising, tearing, bleeding, or other brain damage. A concussion is a mild TBI that usually heals over a few weeks. A severe TBI can cause a variety of long-lasting or debilitating problems.
- Neck injuries and whiplash. Whiplash is a traumatic injury to neck muscles, ligaments, and spinal disks that happens when a sudden blow causes the head to move backward and then suddenly snap forward as the body is propelled forward by the impact of the collision. Rear-end collisions are the most common cause of whiplash injuries. A whiplash patient may suffer chronic pain and problems with memory, concentration, and sleep.
- Back injuries. A sudden blow to the back of a jolt that causes awkward bending or twisting can cause damage to vertebrae, spinal disks, or the spinal cord. A spinal cord injury that tears the spinal cord will cause loss of function or paralysis in one or more limbs (paraplegia) or over larger portions of the victim’s body (tetraplegia or quadriplegia).
- Broken bones. Fractures, such as broken arms, legs, collarbones, or ribs are frequent injuries suffered from the type of blunt-force trauma experienced in car crashes. Often people with simple fractures typically heal in six to eight weeks in a cast. More complex bone fractures may require surgery and entail lengthy physical therapy.
- Internal organ injuries. The impact of being slammed against the steering wheel or dashboard in a car crash can fracture the sternum and ribs, rupture or tear the diaphragm (the muscle below the lungs that aids respiration), or injure the liver, spleen, kidneys, or other internal organs. Fractured ribs that become displaced can puncture the lungs or tear into internal organs. Injuries to internal organs may require surgery.
- Cuts. Minor cuts are soft tissue injuries that often heal quickly. But deep cuts can damage deep muscle tissue or internal organs and pose a risk of infection. Extensive blood loss from serious lacerations can cause the victim to go into shock. Cuts and bruises to the eyes can result in permanent vision loss.
- Burns. Car accident victims may be burned by contact with hot parts of the vehicle, escaping liquids or steam, smoke, or flames. Serious burns are extremely painful and can cause deep tissue damage. Burn injuries can be fatal or require years of expensive treatment. In addition to injury from contact with fire or extreme heat, inhaling smoke from a fire can cause lung damage.
- Facial Injuries. A driver or passenger who is slammed against the vehicle’s interior structure in a crash or who is struck by broken glass or metal shards may suffer facial cuts that cause scarring and disfigurement. Even the force of an inflating airbag could break a person’s jaw or other facial bones or cause severe bruising.
Nonfatal injuries suffered in a car accident will likely require medical care, which may include hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and possibly ongoing therapy and assistive care, depending on the severity of the injury. An accident victim’s inability to work while recovering will increase the financial burden caused by the accident. Serious injuries can cause a permanent loss of earning ability as well as emotional problems, such as depression, for the injured individual and for family members.
You should not have to face medical bills and financial losses because of injuries caused by another driver’s carelessness. South Carolina law allows injured people to seek compensation for their losses when another’s negligence caused the harm.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident caused by someone else, you need a car accident lawyer who knows South Carolina law and can advocate strongly for your interests.
Why You Need An Attorney Following A Car Accident in Myrtle Beach
A Myrtle Beach auto accident lawyer at Joye Law Firm can help in several ways if you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident.
Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate the car accident and identify all the potentially responsible parties. We will help make sure you get all the medical treatment you need, especially if you have been seriously injured and need specialized care. Because prompt medical attention is important to achieve the best recovery, we can help you get a referral to a specialist, if your injuries require it.
You may be eligible to claim compensation even if you were partially responsible for causing the crash. We will identify all insurance policies that may provide compensation for your injuries and file claims on your behalf.
Most people injured in a car accident have no idea what the fair value of their claim is. We can stop insurance adjusters from trying to take advantage of your lack of familiarity with the claims process. Our car accident attorneys will track your expenses and losses and provide guidance based on our years of experience. We will determine what a fair settlement should be based on the extent of your injuries, your lost income, and the impact of the injuries on your present and future.
We will submit demand letters to all insurers that have liability for the accident. We will negotiate aggressively for a fair and proper settlement and, if necessary, be prepared to pursue a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. Most car accident claims can be settled appropriately through negotiations, but we have a strong track record of court verdicts and settlements.
You do not need the stress of dealing with a car accident injury claim in Myrtle Beach. We can take care of everything for you and keep you informed of our progress on your case. Our car accident attorneys at Joye Law Firm place a priority on good client communications. If we receive a settlement offer on your behalf, we will discuss it with you.
Contact a Myrtle Beach Car Accident Attorney From Joye Law Firm
If your life has been shattered by a car accident in Myrtle Beach or anywhere in Horry County, South Carolina, let our car accident lawyers help you get the care you need and an insurance settlement that makes you financially whole.
Call Joye Law Firm today at 888-324-3100 or use this online contact form for a free case review.