The personal injury attorneys of Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC are
committed to helping automobile accident victims in South Carolina
receive all of the compensation they deserve under the law. Each
lawyer at Joe Griffith Law Firm is dedicated to providing
outstanding legal service to our clients. Client satisfaction is our
number one goal.
We understand that if you have been in a car accident, or are the
family member of a victim, you may be overwhelmed by all that has
happened – perhaps suffering from emotional, physical and financial
injury and loss. While monetary compensation cannot change what
happened, it can help with medical bills, employment, rehabilitation
and your financially stability in your future.
Even the most minor automobile accidents can produce injuries
that seem disproportionate to the actual accident itself, and
physical injuries may not arise until months after the original
accident. It is important to contact a qualified automobile accident
attorney to discuss the details of your accident, and the physical
and financial impact you have suffered. Your attorney will help you
determine if you have a claim against the other driver for damages.
Auto accidents in Charleston and throughout
South Carolina may be
fatal, or result in serious injury, due to the negligence or
recklessness of drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, there were more than 6 million reported motor
vehicle crashes in 2004. While the majority of accidents involved
only damage to property, 38,000 lives were lost – more than 1,000 of
those were on South Carolina roadways.
Most traffic fatalities occurred in Greenville County, which lies
along the busy I-85 corridor, halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta.
It is also the most populated region in South Carolina -- home to
Michelin, BMW, General Electric and others – and experiences a high
volume of passenger vehicle and tractor-trailer traffic.
Dorchester, Beaufort, Colleton, Horry, Richland, Lexington
and Georgetown Counties are also experiencing dramatic population
increases and a corresponding increase in automobile and truck
People involved in motor vehicle accidents who may have a claim
for their injuries or damages include:
- Drivers of vehicles involved in accidents where another
driver was at fault
- Passengers in vehicle accidents whose driver or the driver
of another vehicle was at fault
- Pedestrians hit by vehicles
- Cyclists and motorcycle riders hit by motorists
In South Carolina, those injured in automobile accidents caused
by the negligence or recklessness of others are entitled to file a
civil suit – called a “tort action” – against those who caused them
harm. The plaintiff (claimant) files a lawsuit against the party
that caused the injury (defendant). If negligence is proven, the
defendant must pay the plaintiff monetary “damages” that may include
compensation for present and future loss of earnings, property
damages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. In order for the
plaintiff to recover damages, a skilled attorney must prove the
critical elements of negligence:
- The defendant had a duty to the plaintiff
- The defendant failed in that duty
- The plaintiff was injured and damages resulted from the
defendants’ breach of duty
If a car accident was caused by a driver’s exceedingly reckless
or careless conduct, then punitive damages may be awarded to the
victim. Drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs,
speeding, or other failure to abide by traffic laws and regulations
will generally justify punitive damages.
Car accidents may also be caused by
defects in an automobile,
including defective fuel tanks, brakes, tires, steering, suspension
systems and seatbelts.
Let the personal injury attorneys of Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC
assist you in obtaining the maximum compensation for your injuries,
lost wages, and other damages as a result of your car accident. We
are dedicated to our profession, and our clients. We stand ready and
capable to provide our clients the highest caliber of professional
service, with a personal touch and a friendly attitude.
Call us today, at 843-CALL-JOE (843-225-5563), or contact us via
our online form.
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