When you get into a car accident, it impacts nearly every aspect of your life. Suddenly, you may face a stack of medical bills and other expenses. Your injuries may also prevent you from working and earning income. Like many people, you may never be able to return to your job after a crash due to chronic pain or a lingering disability.
At Stewart Law Offices, LLC, our Spartanburg car accident lawyers provide the skilled and compassionate legal service that victims and their families need during these difficult times. We treat our clients like family. We protect them like family, too. We don’t let insurance companies bully them around, and we fight for the compensation they deserve.
If you suffered injuries in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, or if you lost a loved one in a crash, contact us today for a free consultation. You can reach us 24/7. If you can’t come to our Spartanburg office, we’ll come to you – we offer home and hospital visits.
What Can You Do After a Car Accident in Spartanburg?
If you have never been involved in a car accident before, you may be unsure of what to do next. As a result, you could make mistakes that hurt your ability to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. To avoid those mistakes, we suggest that you do the following after a crash in Spartanburg:
- Get medical attention. As soon as you can, you should see your doctor or visit a local medical facility such as Mary Black Health System or Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. If you wait too long, your injuries may only get worse. Additionally, timely documentation of your injuries can help to prevent an insurance company from claiming that your injuries are not serious or related to your car accident.
- Keep everything. You should keep records of all your accident-related expenses, including medical bills and car repair receipts. You should also keep photos you took at the accident scene and the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
- Report the accident to your own insurance company. You need to give the green FR-10 form that you got at the crash scene to your insurance company. The insurer must fill out and send the form to the S.C. Department of Transportation within 15 days of your accident to show that you have proper liability insurance.
- Get a copy of the accident report. The report can provide helpful information about your crash. You can order a copy through the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles or go directly to the agency who filed the report such as the Spartanburg Police Department, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office or C. Highway Patrol (Troop 3, Post D).
- Don’t talk with other driver’s insurance company. An insurance adjuster may call you within days after your accident. Before you talk with a lawyer, you should refrain from giving any statement to the adjuster or accepting a settlement offer.
- Call Stewart Law Offices for a free consultation. We will review the facts of your case, discuss your rights and options and answer your questions. Once you hire us, we can take over all communication with the insurance company and allow you to focus on your health and your family.
How Can Our Lawyers Help You After a Spartanburg Car Accident?
Our founding attorney, Brent P. Stewart, has more than two decades of experience with handling car accident claims in Spartanburg and throughout South Carolina. He is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – honors bestowed only on lawyers** who have won million and multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements.
He has assembled a legal team that will know how to pursue maximum compensation for you. When we take on your case, we will:
Thoroughly investigate your accident. We will take immediate steps to preserve, collect and study evidence that establishes why your car accident happened and who should be held responsible for it.
Calculate your damages. We will also gather and examine your medical records and other evidence that establishes the physical, emotional and financial harm that you have suffered. In many cases, we consult with medical professionals in order to better understand a client’s injuries.
Pursue full and fair compensation. Our attorneys prepare solid cases for trial. Our hard work and preparation give us leverage when we present cases to insurance companies and demand full and fair settlements for our clients.
In addition to these steps, we can help you to deal with medical bill collectors and other creditors while your case is pending. We also often assist clients with their property damage claims. Our goal is to relieve your stress and help you to get through one of the most difficult times you may face in your life.
We represent car accident clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will pay nothing unless we secure compensation for you. If we obtain a settlement or verdict, our fees will represent a percentage of the award. We will then be reimbursed for any funds our firm expends on pursuing your claim.
Why Do Car Accidents Happen in Spartanburg?
Driving can be dangerous in Spartanburg. In 2016 alone, a total of 9,832 collisions occurred on county roads, killing 54 people and injuring 3,967 others, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety. Only four other counties in South Carolina had more accidents. The Post and Courier reports that I-85 and East Main Street in Spartanburg actually ranks as one of the top 10 worst intersections in the state based on the number of crashes that occur there.
As our attorneys have seen over the years, some of the common types of negligence that causes car accidents in the area include:
Distracted driving (including talking on phones and texting while driving)
Speeding, tailgating and other forms of aggressive driving
Drunk driving and driving while impaired by illegal or prescription drugs
Driving while overly fatigued (a major problem with commercial drivers)
Driving with a lack of experience (a leading cause of teen crashes)
Auto defects (due to poor design or manufacturing or due to negligent inspection and maintenance of a vehicle)
Dangerous road conditions (often due to a government agency’s failure to maintain roads)
We represent victims of all kinds of car accidents, including those which involve tractor-trailers, motorcycles, pedestrians and bicycles. We also assist clients with claims that involved uninsured motorists, hit-and-run accidents and underinsured drivers. Contact us today, and we can review the specific facts of your accident.
What Damages Can You Recover After an Auto Accident?
Our legal team understands the devastating impact of injuries that people sustain in car accidents. We often work with clients in Spartanburg who have suffered physical and mental injuries such as:
Spinal cord injury (SCI)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Scarring and disfigurement
Internal bleeding or organ damage
Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
We work tirelessly for our clients and aggressively pursue maximum compensation for the harm they have suffered. While every case is different, the types of damages we typically seek for our clients includes:
Past and future medical expenses
Lost income and reduced future earning capacity
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium
Punitive damages (if a case involves exceptional misconduct)
If your loved one died in a crash in Spartanburg, you may be eligible to recover wrongful death damages, including compensation for funeral and burial expenses and the loss of a loved one’s financial support.
You may choose to settle your case or take it to trial. The decision will always be yours – and yours alone – to make. No insurance adjuster or lawyer should ever pressure you into making a decision. Our firm will always provide an open and honest assessment of any settlement offers that you receive and help you to make an informed decision.
How Long Do You Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit in South Carolina?
Under South Carolina law, you will have only a limited period of time to file a car accident lawsuit. This is called the statute of limitations. If you fail to bring a legal claim before the statute of limitations expires, you will likely miss the chance to recover any compensation for your car accident injuries.
Generally, in South Carolina, you must file a personal injury claim within three years from the date of your auto accident. If your loved one died in a crash, you must bring a wrongful death claim within three years of the death. Because of these time limits, you should not wait to seek help from an experienced car accident lawyer.
Our Spartanburg Car Accident Attorneys Are Ready to Help You
Don’t wait to take action. If someone else’s negligence caused a car accident in Spartanburg that injured you or caused the loss of your loved one, contact Stewart Law Offices, LLC, today. We are available to discuss your case 24/7. Simply call or reach us through our online form for a free consultation.
**This case and others mentioned on the site are only examples of our practice areas; every case result will vary depending on the facts unique to each situation. We have not included all case results on this website; please know that prior results do not guarantee a similar resolution in your case.