Unfortunately, car accidents are a far too common occurrence in South Carolina.
According to data collected by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety in 2017, there is a traffic collision in South Carolina every 3.7 minutes. Additionally, there is a fatal collision every 9.5 hours and an injury collision every 13.3 minutes.
If you are or a loved one has been in one of these serious auto accidents occurring each year in South Carolina, here is what you should do:
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
First and foremost, you should seek medical attention for any serious injuries. Even injuries that don’t seem serious at first may become worse as time goes by. It’s better to be safe than sorry. The best thing to do is to get any injuries checked out by a medical professional promptly after the collision.
Document the Accident
If there have been injuries or property damage, you should contact law enforcement and obtain a police report. You are required by law to contact the police when the accident results in bodily injury to any person or someone is killed. You must also forward a written form to the DMV that shows proof of liability insurance when a person is injured or killed or there is more than $1,000 in property damage.
Be sure to exchange contact information (address and phone number), driver’s license number, license plate number, and car insurance company information (company and policy number) with the other driver. You should also take contact information for any potential witnesses who were present at the accident scene.
Finally, take photographs of all vehicles at the scene of the collision or as soon after the collision as possible. There is no better way to document the severity of the collision or the extent of damage to each vehicle than with photographs.
Contact a Greenville, SC Car Accident Lawyer
Once your injuries have been addressed and you have documented the accident, you should seek legal advice from an experienced South Carolina personal injury attorney. An experienced personal injury law firm will be able to walk you through the process of dealing with your insurance claim and potential personal injury claim.
Experienced Greenville Car Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in the Greenville area, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney right away. The lawyers and staff at David R. Price Jr., P.A. have proven track records with car wreck cases and they are ready to help you with your case.
David Price is a Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Collections, and Criminal Defense Attorney who practices in Greenville, SC. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, and has been practicing law for 12 years. David Price believes in helping those who have been injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.