WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING DAMAGES AFTER A NORTH CHARLESTON CAR CRASH?
In South Carolina, the driver who is at fault in a car accident may be held responsible for the damages caused by the accident. Drivers in South Carolina are required to report the accident to the South Carolina Department of Transportation and to maintain liability insurance to cover bodily injury and vehicle damage to others.
To obtain compensation after a serious car accident, you will need to show that the other driver was at fault. The car accident lawyers at Joye Law Firm investigate car accidents in greater Charleston and North Charleston areas on behalf of people who have been injured by the negligence of other drivers. If you are hit and injured by an uninsured driver, your own uninsured motorist coverage (UM) pays for injuries and damage to your vehicle.
TIME LIMIT FOR FILING A CHARLESTON ACCIDENT CLAIM
If you sustained serious injuries in a Charleston car accident, it is important to be aware of the time limits for filing a personal injury lawsuit and how that applies to your claim. In most cases, South Carolina law specifies that individuals who have been injured in car accidents caused by others generally have three years to file a lawsuit. The time limit is known as the statute of limitations.
In most Charleston personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is measured from the date of the injury. While there are some exceptions, it is a good idea to speak with an experienced Charleston auto accident lawyer as soon as possible to understand your legal options. If an injury victim fails to file a lawsuit within the time limit, then he or she may lose the right to seek compensation for expenses related to the accident. The sooner you file your claim, the sooner you may be eligible to receive compensation.
IF I FILE A CAR ACCIDENT LAWSUIT, WILL THE CASE GO TO TRIAL IN CHARLESTON COUNTY COURT?
Most of our clients would prefer to move forward with their lives and avoid a trial if possible. We understand. Our car accident lawyers at Joye Law Firm are successful in resolving most personal injury cases without going to court. An out-of-court settlement allows you to receive the money you need more quickly and avoids the uncertainty of a trial. However, if an at-fault driver’s insurance company refuses to agree to a reasonable settlement, our injury attorneys will be ready to seek justice in court if necessary. We are confident in our courtroom skills based on having won significant jury awards in a number of car accident cases. Our willingness to go to court works to our clients’ advantage. Insurance companies are more willing to offer fair settlements to avoid the expense and risks of a trial.