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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 a car accident 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, our car accident lawyers help our clients by putting their health and financial lives back in order.  We take on the insurance companies or at-fault parties to earn our clients the compensation they need.  This allows our clients to stop worrying and move on with their lives.  As a personal injury client of The Melonakos Law Firm, your job is to heal and move on to the next phase of your life.  We handle the rest as you can see from our client testimonials. 

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 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.  Here is an extensive list of the actions and tasks our car accident attorney takes on any given case.  We have the skills and knowledge to prepare a compelling claim and take your case to trial if necessary.

South Carolina Law about Car Accidents

South Carolina has a large set of laws designed to prevent car accidents.  The South Carolina Code of Laws has its own chapter dedicated to “The Rules of the Road” at S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-10 et. seq.   When an at-fault driver causes a car accident by not only being negligent, but also violating South Carolina’s Rules of the Road, that driver has been “negligent per se” and can be held responsible under the law.

Any experienced car accident lawyer knows that most car accidents arise out of violations of the same rules.   At The Melonakos Law Firm, we understand these laws, we know how to cross-examine at-fault drivers about them, and we know how to get the trial judge to explain these rules to jury.  When a car accident case goes to trial, we take care to select jurors who are familiar with the driving laws and understand why following them is important.

Some of the more commonly-violated South Carolina driving laws in car accident cases include:

  • S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-1930 – Following too closely (i.e. rear-ending another vehicle)
  • S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-3230 – Failing to use due care
  • S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-2920 – Driving in reckless disregard for the safety of others
  • S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-1810 – Crossing the center line into oncoming traffic
  • S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-1900 – Failure to maintain lane (changing lanes before it is safe to do so and hitting the vehicle in the next lane)
  • S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-950 – Failure to obey traffic signal (i.e. running a red light)
  • S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-2320 – Failure to yield when turning left
  • S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-3130 – Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk
  • S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-3435 – Failure to pass bicycle at a safe distance
  • S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-2930- Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
  • S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-1220 and 1230 – Hit and Run
  • S.C. Code Ann. § 56-5-1520 – Speeding or Driving Too Fast for Conditions

You can read more about these laws here.

Contact Us Today

At The Melonakos Law Firm in Greenville, South Carolina, our personal injury lawyers have recovered more than $28 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.  Call us at (864) 485-5555. If you prefer, fill out our form online or in the online chat and we can schedule a time to talk that works for you.   If you don’t have a car, we can meet you at or near your home.  You pay nothing for a consultation with us regarding your car accident case.

 

 

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