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Car Accidents

Car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, the Federal Highway Administration reports 2,842,553 licensed drivers in South Carolina alone and a total of 95,796,069 in the U.S. Not all drivers operate their vehicles with reasonable care to avoid causing harm to others. If you were seriously injured in a car accident, you may need an attorney to help you recover full and fair compensation for your losses.

Why Choose Us for Your Car Accident Lawyers?

At The Melonakos Law Firm, LLC in Greenville, South Carolina, we have significant experience handling car accident cases. This allows us to better focus on the legal aspects of your case that can help you recover compensation. Our legal team includes a former insurance defense attorney, and that gives us insight into the workings of the insurance process and how to maximize your recovery. With experience in more than 30 trials, we will not hesitate to fight for your rights in court if necessary.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents have many causes, and many of them involve driver error. Some of the common causes of traffic crashes include:

  • Distracted driving: This may involve, texting, talking on a cell phone, operating a GPS system, adjusting a stereo, talking to passengers, eating, or any activity that pulls the driver’s attention away from the road.
  • Driving under the influence: Driver impairment that leads to wrecks can be caused by alcohol, drugs, or even prescription medications.
  • Speeding: Based on the laws of physics, the faster a vehicle is traveling, the longer it takes to stop to avoid an accident.
  • Aggressive driving: This is a combination of driving behaviors, including speeding, erratic lane changes, failure to yield the right-of-way, and failure to obey traffic signs and signals.
  • Drowsy driving: According to the National Safety Council, drivers who are fatigued are three times more likely to be involved in an accident.

Who Is Liable in a Car Accident?

South Carolina has a fault system in determining who is liable for a car wreck. Either the driver at fault for the accident or the driver’s insurance company pays for the damage. After a traffic crash that was someone else’s fault, you have the option to:

  • File a claim with your own insurance company, which will likely recover from the insurance company of the at-fault driver;
  • File a third-party claim with the insurance company of the driver that caused the accident; or
  • Bring a personal injury lawsuit against the driver at fault for your injuries and damages.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer?

When you file a claim with an insurance company, the adjuster will consider all available evidence to determine of fault. Our experienced Greenville car accident attorneys at The Melonakos Law Firm, LLC can thoroughly investigate your accident, collect and preserve evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. We have the skills and knowledge to prepare a compelling claim and take your case to trial if necessary.

Contact Us Today

At The Melonakos Law Firm in Greenville, South Carolina, our personal injury lawyers have recovered more than $25 million for our clients. We maintain a smaller caseload, so we can give each of our clients the attention he or she deserves. Contact us if you have been involved in a serious car accident caused by the negligence of another.

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