Common Types Of Rock Hill Car Accidents
There are many reasons a car can come out of nowhere, cause an accident, and leave you and/or your loved ones badly injured. By far, most car accidents are caused by driver error, carelessness, or recklessness.
At Schiller & Hamilton, our dedicated car accident attorney assists Rock Hill residents who have been injured or who have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle crash caused by someone else’s negligence. For more than two decades, we have helped crash victims secure full and fair compensation for their losses, and we pride ourselves on providing a full range of assistance to our clients so they have what they need to recover.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should act quickly to protect your legal rights. Our law firm is committed to taking cases in which we believe our attorneys can make a difference. Contact the dedicated Rock Hill car accident attorneys at Schiller & Hamilton today. We provide free initial consultations, and you won’t owe us a penny unless we recover compensation for you.
What Caused Your Auto Accident?
Recent car accident statistics published by the S.C. Department of Public Safety indicate a crash happens about every 4 minutes in South Carolina, with a fatal collision every 9.5 hours and a collision causing injury every 14 minutes.
You are not alone if you have been hurt in a serious car accident in Rock Hill. You should not go it alone as you seek justice for the harm you have suffered.
At Schiller & Hamilton, we understand what people who have just been involved in a car accident are going through. We have been investigating crashes in Rock Hill and the devastation they can cause for more than 20 years. Some of the common types of car crashes we see involve:
- Drunk driving. Everyone knows it is dangerous and illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) beyond the legal limit of 0.08 percent or to drive while impaired by any combination of alcohol, prescription medication, or illicit drugs. However, drunk drivers cause crashes every day. A drunk driver may face criminal charges, but the injured victims often must pursue a civil claim to be compensated for losses caused by drinking and driving.
- Distracted driving. Drivers who engage in any activity that takes their attention away from operating their vehicle, such as texting or talking on the phone, eating, drinking interacting with passengers or pets, adjusting a radio or iPod, etc., is acting recklessly and possibly illegally. Distracted driving accidents tend to cause serious injury because inattentive drivers do not know to brake or swerve to avoid the collision.
- Drowsy driving. A driver who is sleepy, fatigued, drowsy, etc., has slower reaction time and a diminished capacity for making sound judgments required to drive safely. Fatigue is often a contributing factor in accidents caused by truck drivers and others with irregular schedules, such as students who work part-time. Nodding off or falling asleep at the wheel can cause catastrophic injury or death because crashes occur at full speed.
- Speeding. Speeding means exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions, such as traffic, inclement weather, or road design (e.g., steep hills or sharp curves). High speeds make it harder to stop and exponentially increase the impact of collisions. Speeding is perennially a leading cause of car accidents, and young male drivers are statistically more likely than others to speed.
- Tailgating. Following too closely, or tailgating, can leave too little time to react and avoid a collision if the car ahead suddenly stops or slows down. Whether carelessness or aggressive driving, following too closely is the primary cause of rear-end collisions, the most common type of car accident, and No. 1 cause of the painful neck injury known as whiplash. Riding the bumper of the car ahead of you can also provoke “road rage” violence.
- Aggressive driving. Running or jumping red lights or stop signs, repeatedly changing lanes, making dangerous passes, tailgating, and speeding are just a few examples of aggressive driving, any of which may happen in combination. In addition to the danger of each act, aggressive driving may be a product of driver anger, i.e., “road rage.” A driver’s road rage may escalate into violence or may push those being targeted by the aggressive driver to react violently.
- Driver error. Many drivers get into accidents by carelessness or performance errors like failing to look both ways and check blind spots, misjudging an oncoming vehicle’s speed, drifting out of a traffic lane, or overcorrecting after running onto the shoulder of the road and running into traffic. Accidents happen, as they say, but negligent drivers should be held accountable when they harm innocent people.
- Defective vehicles. It may be that the failure of a motor vehicle has caused an accident. This can happen if the owner does not maintain a car properly or a mechanic fails to make a repair as requested and/or warranted. Sometimes, parts or components such as brakes, tires, ignition systems, airbags, etc., fail because of a defect that the automotive or parts manufacturer knew or should have known was present.
- Dangerous road conditions. Drivers may be held accountable for the harm they cause if they fail to adjust to dangerous road conditions, such inclement weather (rain, fog, ice, etc.), heavy traffic, a highway work zone, etc. At the same time, a government agency responsible for dangerous road conditions, such as disrepair or crumbling roadways, faulty road design, overly narrow bridges or shoulders, insufficient signage or markings, etc., may be liable if such conditions contributed to a crash.
Our knowledgeable Rock Hill car accident lawyers at Schiller & Hamilton can investigate your crash to determine the cause and identify all liable parties. Schedule a free consultation with our team today to get started on your claim.
Pursuing Compensation After a Car Accident
It’s a mistake to look to an insurance claims adjuster to protect your interests after a car accident. The insurer’s goal is to settle your claim for as little as possible and protect the company’s bottom line.
A personal injury attorney you have engaged to pursue a motor vehicle accident claim for you works with your interests in mind. At Schiller & Hamilton, we only take cases for those who have truly been wrongly injured, and we do not charge for our services unless we recover compensation.
We will work to demand the maximum compensation available to you, including restitution for your:
- Medical expenses, both now and in the future
- Lost income and reduced earning capacity
- Personal property damage (i.e., your vehicle)
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses if you lost a loved one in a fatal accident
Our legal team will also do everything we can to make your life easier during this difficult time. This includes managing communication with insurance companies and creditors and dealing with other issues for you so you can focus on getting well.
After a serious motor vehicle accident, your hospital bills, car repair expenses, and losses from missed time from work will add up quickly. Do not sign anything or accept any payments from an insurance company without talking to our experienced car accident attorneys about what you truly deserve to be paid.
We will thoroughly evaluate your losses, calculate everything you are due, and make a solid case for full and fair payment to you.
Contact Rock Hill Car Accident Attorneys Today
After any type of car accident, you need to talk to a skilled auto accident attorney about your legal right to compensation. When you call or contact our Rock Hill car accident law firm online, we will schedule an in-person meeting with an attorney to discuss your options. If we see legal options for you, our team will immediately launch an investigation to prepare a claim on your behalf.