Auto Accidents

Have you been in an auto accident and you’re now trying to determine if you need a lawyer?  It will cost you nothing to call us or meet for a free consultation to discuss your case and to determine whether hiring a lawyer will benefit you. People involved in car accidents can suffer a wide variety of injuries including muscle strains, muscle sprains, whiplash, broken or dislocated bones, head injuries, brain injuries, burn injuries, paralysis, and wrongful death (loss of life). If your injuries are minor and require only one trip to the hospital or family doctor, you can most often resolve your claim without the assistance of a lawyer. We are always glad to talk to you, whether you believe your case may be big or small. We encourage you to call us regarding any questions you may have to help determine if you need the assistance of a lawyer.

If you have sustained more serious injuries that require therapy, ongoing treatment, or are permanent or disabling, the assistance of a lawyer can be helpful in obtaining the fullest compensation possible. An experienced lawyer can help investigate and establish liability, determine the possible sources of recovery, investigate the extent of your injuries, clarify and present all your injuries and damages fully and clearly, and work to minimize what must be paid for medical bills and health insurance liens. A lawyer can also help to relieve some of the stress and frustration that comes from dealing with insurance companies and their adjusters. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss all the ways we can help you and your family.

If you believe you need the assistance of a lawyer or just want to understand your rights, do not hesitate to contact us.

Some quick things to remember if you have been in an auto, motorcycle or trucking accident:

Take pictures of the accident scene, the damage to all vehicles and your injuries.

Pictures provide some of the best evidence for your case.

Do not resolve your claim until all your injuries have resolved.

Concussions, broken bones, muscular injuries and emotional injuries are often sustained by people who have been in an accident. Once you settle the case, you cannot come back and obtain further compensation.  Thus, you must make sure you understand the full extent of your injuries so that when you do settle you are settling based upon all present and future damages that you have sustained. 

Avoid delays or gaps in treatment.

Delays and gaps in treatment are often used by insurance companies to argue that you really were not that injured or that you were injured by something that happened during the gap/delay. If you believe you need treatment, it is best for your case that you get treatment as soon as possible. Also make sure you are consistent with your treatment and that you are not canceling or missing scheduled visits.

Insurance companies often request recorded statements.

If you are thinking about hiring an attorney, it is best to speak with an attorney before doing a recorded statement. If you decide to give a recorded statement, you must be sure to listen carefully to the questions and to be completely accurate when describing what happened and the extent of your injuries. People often generalize their injuries or say they are okay when they think they are not that hurt. Never make your injuries sound any less or more than what they are. It is best to describe everything you are feeling from head to toe so that the insurance company cannot later claim that you said nothing about a particular injury. Many times it is the injury that is thought to be insignificant that seems to linger and is really never addressed until the more painful injuries are resolved.

You are limited in the amount of time to recover for your injuries.

If you fail to bring a lawsuit or resolve your claim before the time period runs, you lose your right to be compensated for any injuries you suffered in an car, trucking or other accident.  In South Carolina, the standard amount of time to bring an action to recover for your injuries is three years. This period can be shorter depending on who the at-fault party is, such as a government employee.  It is always best to discuss your case with an attorney to best understand your rights and the amount of time you have to pursue your rights.

A lawyer can answer your questions, explain your rights, put some of your fears to rest, and help you decide if you would benefit from having representation. When in doubt, contact a lawyer.  We will be glad to help you at Smith and Jones Law, LLC.

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Trucking Accidents

Accidents involving tractor-trailers and other large trucks often cause horrific damage resulting in serious injuries and death.  There are many laws and regulations in place to promote the safe operation of these vehicles and to protect the driving public.  However, some drivers and companies ignore these laws and regulations for extra financial gain or out of indifference to the well-being of others.  A lawyer can help to identify the laws and regulations that have been violated, address and present the full extent of your injuries and damages, and help obtain the fullest compensation possible.

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Motorcycle Accidents

No matter how experienced a motorcycle rider is, a motorcycle is more susceptible to being in an accident due to size and having less stability than a car.  Often, other drivers will fail to properly observe the roadway and will fail to see motorcycles due to their size.  Having less stability means that a motorcycle has greater risk of being in an accident due to road defects or when coming into contact with another vehicle.  The greater risk of being in an accident is only compounded by the greater risk of serious injury and death that comes with a motorcycle being in an accident.  Motorcycles simply lack the structure and many of the safety features of a car.  A lawyer can help to address and present the full extent of your injuries and damages and help obtain the fullest compensation possible.

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Bicycle Accidents

Bicycles, much like motorcycles, are more susceptible to being in serious accidents due to size, having more instability than a car and having less structure and safety features of a car.  Many people do not view bicycles like they do cars and motorcycles on the roadway.  However, bicycles have as much right to be on the roadways as any other vehicle.  South Carolina has laws for the operation of bicycles on public roadways and laws regarding the interaction of other drivers with bicycles on the roadway.  If you have been injured in an accident while riding a bicycle, a lawyer can help.  A lawyer can help identify traffic laws that apply to the situation and may have been violated.  A lawyer can also help to address and present the full extent of the serious injuries that are more likely to occur due to a bicycle accident.  Finally, a lawyer can help you to understand what compensation you are entitled to and help to obtain the fullest compensation possible.

Do not hesitate to call us if you think you can use our help.  Also, please call us if you have questions, concerns or worries regarding any legal matter. A lawyer can answer your questions, explain your rights, put some of your fears to rest, and help you decide if you would benefit from having representation.  We will be glad to help you at Smith & Jones Law, LLC, even if it is finding someone to assist you in any matter that we do not handle.

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