Automobile Accidents in Myrtle Beach
Our Myrtle Beach car accident lawyers are very experienced with personal injury cases. We understand the stress that an injury from a car accident causes not only due to the injury, but the financial expense. We help our clients through every step of the process and seek coverage for their medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitative costs, pain and suffering, and any other costs associated with their particular injury. The personal injury attorneys at Russell Mace & Associates, P.A. are dedicated to their clients and have years of litigation experience in this area of the law. Our attorneys handle a wide variety of vehicular accidents, including
- Personal Injury Car Accidents
- Semi-Tractor Trailer Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Wrongful Death Car Accidents
Myrtle Beach is part of what is known as the Grand Strand region. It includes areas from North Myrtle Beach down to Pawley’s Island. This area is very tourist oriented and an increase in traffic also causes a dramatic increase in the number of automobile accidents and automobile related deaths every summer. Negligence related to automobiles can occur in many different facets. The driver of a vehicle can fall asleep, be drunk driving, be under medication, be speeding, be careless, or simply not paying attention. A car is a very dangerous instrument and must be operated carefully.
Our office has handled hundreds of automobile accident cases. From the minor injury cases to wrongful death cases. The wrongful death cases are one of the hardest types of cases to handle from an emotional standpoint. It is very difficult to look at the pictures of the deceased and not have your heart go out to their loved ones. We care about our clients. Complete strangers to our firm become lifelong friends. Russell Mace & Associates, P.A. represents the victims and families throughout the Southeast in automobile related accidents.
What to Expect if You’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a car accident you probably have many questions regarding lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding your rights and compensation if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident.
1. What should I do first after being involved in an automobile accident?
Call the police or the emergency medical personnel immediately. Once everyone is safe, information can be obtained regarding all of the parties involved. As soon as possible and when it is safe to do so, your insurance company should be informed about the accident.
2. How will my medical bills get paid?
In South Carolina, if you have purchased Medpay, also known as personal injury protection (“PIP”), with your auto insurance, this will cover you and the other passengers in your car regardless of fault. It must be purchased because such coverage is not mandated under South Carolina law. See S.C. Code Ann. § 38-77-144. If you have not purchased Medpay, you will need to use your health insurance. If you were on a bicycle or a pedestrian, the medical bills will be paid by the auto insurance that insured the car that was at fault.
3. Do I have to reimburse the health insurance company if I receive a settlement?
If your medical bills exceed your Medpay amount on your auto policy, the health insurance company may be entitled to reimbursement from your settlement.
4. Will I be compensated for pain and suffering?
If the injuries you sustained were caused by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to additional compensation.
5. What can I expect to recover for my car accident injuries?
The value of your claim depends on various factors. No lawyer can responsibly evaluate a claim until your doctor says you have reached maximum medical improvement. This does not mean that you will return to your pre-accident condition, it means that the doctor does not anticipate any changes in your condition. Once your lawyer has received confirmation of maximum medical improvement from your doctor, he or she will advise you as to the potential value of your claim.
6. How will I pay the personal injury lawyer?
When you hire your personal injury lawyer, you will sign an Authority to Represent which will state the fee agreement. Because most people do not have the money available to pay a lawyer in connection with a personal injury claim, the lawyer will work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the auto accident lawyer will agree to accept a percentage of the amount recovered. This fee is usually one-third of the settlement.
7. How long will the case take?
The amount of time to resolve a personal injury claim varies from case to case. If there are serious injuries and complex theories of liability, the case could take years to settle. On the other hand, if there are less serious injuries and more obvious liability, the case may be settled in a matter of months.
8. Will I have to go to court?
Most personal injury claims are settled before going to court. However, an experienced personal injury lawyer must be prepared to bring the case to trial if an acceptable settlement cannot be reached. Your personal injury lawyer will advise you as to which option is best for you.
Contact A Myrtle Beach Car Accident Lawyer
If you have suffered an injury in an car accident due to another car driver’s negligence, contact one of our Myrtle Beach car accident lawyers for a free consultation at (843) 839-2900 or toll free at 1-800-94-TRIAL. Our Myrtle Beach car accident lawyers are experienced in handling car accident injury cases. We represent injury cases throughout South Carolina and have attorneys who have passed the bar in South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia.