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Motor Vehicle Accidents Info Center

South Carolina
Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Located in Columbia, South Carolina, Hart Law represents clients who have suffered injuries as the result of car and truck accidents. We have extensive experience representing clients in car and trucking accidents, vehicle rollovers, ATV accidents, boating accidents, and motorcycle and moped accidents. If you have been injured in an accident, you need an attorney who will handle your case personally. We are committed to handling our client’s legal matters with personal service and attention to detail. If you have suffered an injury as the result of an automobile accident, contact our law offices for a free initial consultation.

Motor Vehicle Accidents
An Overview

Motor vehicle accidents cause the loss of time, property, health and even life. Such accidents occur because of elements including driver error, negligence, manufacturing defects and dangerous weather. No matter what the specific cause or result, a crash can turn a normal day into a prolonged struggle. Speaking with a lawyer can help you sort out your rights, your options, and your future. Contact an attorney to find out more.

At-Fault, Negligent and Aggressive Drivers

When you have been in an auto accident, you may have a sense of who caused it. Issues of fault, however, can be complicated by who acted when and which laws governed the situation. If the other driver was negligent, you may have to prove that the driver breached a duty of care to you and that the breach caused your damages. The assistance of an attorney can be immensely valuable at this time, whether you are battling an insurance company, seeking compensation for your injuries or defending yourself in court.

Sources of information on the accident include police reports, witnesses and the condition of the vehicles involved in the accident. They could reveal what happened and why.

Actions, on the part of either driver, that may have contributed to the accident include:

Failure to stop at a red light or stop sign

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Failure to compensate for dangerous weather conditions

Driving above or below the posted speed limits

Driver distraction caused by a cell phone, passenger, radio or another source

Failure to obey traffic laws regarding turn signals, right-of-way, and other rules

Sometimes the at-fault driver is more than merely negligent; he or she may have acted recklessly or even intentionally. A reckless driver acts with conscious disregard for the probable consequences of the driver’s actions. Road rage incidents often involve reckless behavior, and they can escalate into intentional behavior. Road rage, in particular, can be extremely dangerous, leading to injuries and criminal charges. Generally, aggressive drivers are a serious threat to safety. Speeding and taking other risks contributes significantly to highway and other fatalities.

It is important to avoid confrontation with road-rage drivers and aggressive drivers. You have a better chance of staying safe if you:

Get out of the way

Avoid eye contact

Refuse to make or return obscene gestures

Let go of your pride for a while; don’t challenge the other driver

Report the aggressive driving to the authorities, stopping in a safe spot to use your cell phone if necessary

Drunk Driving

In the US, someone dies every 30 minutes in an alcohol-related crash; someone is non-fatally injured every two minutes. Drunk driving can lead to both criminal charges and a civil lawsuit. Additionally, the business that sold alcohol to the drunk driver may be held liable if it served the driver when he or she was visibly intoxicated. This, however, does not take any responsibility from the driver who drove while intoxicated. If you have been in an accident involving alcohol or drugs, seek the help of an attorney who will explain your legal options.

Auto Accidents
Not Caused by the Drivers

Sometimes, no matter how carefully you drive, you cannot avoid an accident. In certain cases, a vehicle’s manufacturing or design defect causes the accident or makes it worse. This might happen if, for instance, the brakes on your car fail or the airbag does not deploy when it should. The law of products liability applies in this situation, protecting consumers when products create an unreasonable risk of harm. If a product defect caused your injuries, you may have a case against the designer, manufacturer or distributor of the product.

Another responsible party could be a mechanic who improperly repaired the car that caused the accident. Both the mechanic and the mechanic’s employer could be liable in such a case.

Finally, poorly maintained roads, messy and confusing construction, unclear signage, improperly designed roads and similar problems can contribute to an accident. Government entities are typically responsible for the roads and highways; they may, therefore, be liable for accidents caused by the above factors. Special rules, however, apply to lawsuits against government entities; a lawyer will be able to explain them in detail.

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It is important to take prompt action when you have been in a motor vehicle accident. This will help you preserve your rights and seek proper compensation. Contact us today for your free consultation.

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