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Charleston, South Carolina's Car Accident Attorney

Every year, millions of American citizens are involved in car accidents.

Thousands die. 

Even more are injured.

Vehicle related accidents are caused by people who don’t follow the law and act negligently.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto collision, contact your Charleston car accident attorney, Frank Hartman. Don’t talk to anyone else until you’ve spoken with an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.

Representing the Rights of Car Accident Victims in Charleston and the Surrounding Areas

Every year millions of American citizens are involved in car accidents. Thousands die. Some accidents cannot be avoided, but most wrecks are preventable. These accidents are caused by people who do not follow the law and act negligently, causing the accident.

In 2010, there were 3,252 deaths in South Carolina due to all injury, intentional and unintentional. The overall death rate was 70.3 people per 100,000 in population.

An additional 88,937 persons suffered injuries in motor vehicle crashes.

In 2010, there were 442,973 non-fatal injuries as a result of car accidents (hospitalization and emergency department visits) in SC with a rate of 957.7/10,000 population.

Causes of Charleston Car Wrecks

Charleston car wrecks can be attributed to a wide variety of causes. The Charleston car wreck law firm of Hartman Law Firm, L.L.C. frequently investigate wrecks with causes that include:

Distracted driving – Many local counties and jurisdictions have already passed laws banning texting while driving or talking on a cell phone (without speakerphone) behind the wheel.

Driver impairment – More than 350 fatal auto wrecks in South Carolina in 2010 were alcohol-related, according to MADD. Other forms of intoxication that can play a role include drugs, illegal or over-the-counter, fatigue, and illness.

Defective car parts – cars can have defects too, case in point, defective seat belts, stuck accelerator controls, faulty wiring, misaligned wheels, tire blowouts and brake failures, can all contribute to car crashes.

Poor road conditions
 – Uneven roads, potholes, and other conditions can cause automobile wrecks and injuries to motorists. Other conditions include unknown obstacles or foreign substances on the road. These conditions produce abrupt slides or overcorrecting of the vehicle.

Speeding – Speeding can contribute to collisions and every driver must consider weather and road conditions, traffic, or the speed of other drivers to prevent Charleston car crashes.

Inadequate road design – There are roads that lack proper design, lacking in visibility, poor surface condition, or inadequate marking or signage to promote safety.

Our Attorneys Help People Hurt in Charleston Car Collisions

Car collisions lead to all sorts of injuries. Some collisions cause only minor bumps, bruises or soreness. However, other collisions can cause devastating and life-changing damage in just a few seconds.

At The Hartman Law Firm, LLC our auto collision firm has helped people who have suffered any number of injuries, including:

Broken-windshield-after-a-car-accident-The-Hartman-Law-Firm-LLC-car-crash-injury-attorney-in-Charleston-SC Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – A TBI can result from trauma associated with impact or from striking an object inside the car such as the steering wheel.

Spinal cord injury – Spinal cord injuries are associated with paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia (also called tetraplegia) and hemiplegia.

Neck injuries – Most injuries in Charleston-area automobile collisions result from rear-end collisions. Neck injuries are a common injury in these accidents. The head whips forward and back in the classic whiplash movement. Injuries can be permanent, depending on the severity of the impact.

Broken bones – Car wreck victims often suffer broken bones to the arms, legs, knees and wrists. The injury typically occurs when the victim braces with that part of their body immediately prior to impact. Some breaks can require surgery. It may also require weeks or months to properly heal.

Amputation – Sometimes parts of a victim’s body are fully or partially severed as a result of the collision. Such injuries can require amputation.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents often involve powerful physical forces that are capable of causing serious damage to the human body. This is true even in cases in which vehicle occupants are buckled in and the vehicle in which they were riding was equipped with modern safety features such as multiple airbags. Many people involved in severe accidents are left with life-changing injuries that will result in substantial economic and non-economic losses, making it critical for them to retain an attorney that can help make sure they obtain the compensation to which they are legally entitled.

Here are some of the more common injuries that people can sustain in a car accident.

Fractures

Individuals who are involved in car accidents often sustain fractures, which are also called broken bones. People can break arms, legs, ribs, hips, or even the bones in their face or their head, depending on how exactly an accident took place. Fractures are extremely painful, can result in disfigurement, and may require surgery to treat. In many cases, people who sustain them miss weeks or months of work and may require the immobilization of a body part for a significant period of time. Even less serious broken bones may take a significant period of time to heal and result in long-term complications.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries, often referred to as “TBIs,” occur when a person’s head is bumped or jolted with force sufficient to result in a disruption of normal brain function. These injuries often occur in car accidents in which a person’s heads slams against the dashboard or steering wheel or he or she is ejected from the vehicle. In instances in which the head snaps back and forth on the neck hard enough to rattle the brain within the skull, a TBI can occur even if the head does not come into contact with another object.

TBIs are capable of causing extremely serious complications, including:

  • Dizziness
  • Problems concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light or sounds
  • Problems with communication
  • Difficult problem solving

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries occur when physical trauma damages the spinal cord, which is the bundle of nerves that allows the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. They can be categorized into two broad categories, which are as follows:

  • Incomplete – A spinal cord injury is characterized as “incomplete” when the victim retains some feeling or function below the site of the injury
  • Complete – In an incomplete spinal cord injury, victims have no sensation or function below the site of the injury

Spinal cord injuries often result in significant long-term problems and victims who are paralyzed often require a lifetime of medical treatment and care. As a result, it is essential for spinal cord injury victims to make sure their rights are protected by retaining an experienced attorney.

Burns

In many car accidents, one or more of the vehicles involved catches fire during or immediately after the accident, potentially causing extremely serious burns to the people inside them. Burns can be extremely painful, require long-term medical treatment, and leave victims with scarring and disfigurement that can last a lifetime.

How Much Money Will I Get For My Car Accident?

Studies show that insurance companies pay, on average, significantly more (40% conservatively) to people when they are represented by a car accident lawyer. However, every crash has its specific set of facts that help determine value. How much compensation you receive can be based on a number of factors.

In general, victims of car accidents can receive funds to cover:

  • Medical bills
  • Hospital expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering

What Should I do After a Car Accident?

9 Things You Need to do After any Car Accident

The aftermath of any auto collision can be devastating. In the moments immediately following any accident, confusion, high stress, and the pain of injuries can make it difficult to know what to do. Unfortunately, it’s in these moments that your actions can make all the difference to the outcome.

  1. Make Sure That Everyone in Your Vehicle is Ok

a-mom-turning-around-to-ask-her-kids-if-theyre-ok-after-a-car-accident-The-Hartman-Law-Firm-Charleston-SC-car-collision-lawyer Nothing is more important than the health and safety of your loved ones. Before doing anything else, make sure to ask everyone in the vehicle if they’re hurt.

If any of your occupants are injured, ask them where they’re hurt. Ask about back, neck, or head injuries, as these are often the most serious. Moving them could worsen the damage.

If you’re seriously injured, try not to move, if you don’t have to. Stay still, contact emergency services, and wait for help. 

  1. Call 911 Right Away

vehcile-accident-people-injured-seeking-medical-attention-The-Hartman-Law-Fimr-is-on-your-side-personal-injury-attorney Once you know about any injuries, call 911 and get emergency services on the scene. Even if no one appears to be hurt, always request medical assistance, as well as police.

  1. Check to see if anyone outside of your vehicle has been injured

If you and your passengers are not seriously injured, get out of your vehicle and check to see if anyone else is hurt. Ask the driver and passengers if everyone is ok. Again, if anyone is seriously injured, try not move them.

  1. Get medical attention for yourself and anyone else who needs it.

vehcile-accident-people-injured-seeking-medical-attention-The-Hartman-Law-Fimr-is-on-your-side-personal-injury-attorney Whether you feel pain or not, a trained emergency medical technician should do a preliminary health check in case you’ve sustained any wounds you may not know about. Many injuries can take days or even weeks to show up, but a preliminary review on the scene improves your chances of catching anything early.

  1. Document the scene of the accident.

taking a picture of a car accident - Frank Hartman is a North Charleston, SC personal injury lawyer The more information that you can get about the scene of an accident, the better. There are critical details that can make the difference in an injury case.

    • Ask any witnesses to stay on the scene and give statements to the police.
    • Take pictures of the damage to your and the other driver’s vehicle.
    • Get the other vehicle’s license plate number(s), make and model of any cars involved, and names of people involved.
    • If you’re able, write down everything that you can think of while the events are still fresh in your mind.

  1. Exchange insurance information with other drivers.

car-accident-victims-exchange-car-insurance-Frank-Hartman-will-help-get-a-higher-injury-settement Make sure to exchange the following insurance information for all drivers.

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Insurance Company
  • Insurance policy number
  • Driver’s license number
  • License plate number

  1. Contact a Charleston Accident Injury Attorney

Before you contact your insurance company for a claim, call a local personal injury lawyer and get a consultation right away. Your attorney will tell you what you should and shouldn’t say to the insurance adjuster. He will also discuss your strategy for getting the settlement you deserve.

  1. File an insurance claim, but don't speak to an adjuster until you've spoken with your attorney.

A-man-filling-out-an-insurance-claim-form-after-a-car-accident-Frank-Hartman-Charleston-SC-accident-injury-attorney You should file an insurance claim as soon as you can. After filing a claim, an insurance adjuster will call to get more information. When they call, only give them the information that you have to. If they ask to record the call, refuse to allow them to do so.

  1. Follow up with your medical provider for any injuries related to the accident

a-man-talking-to-his-doctor-Frank-Hartman-personal-injury-attorney-in-Charleston-SC There are several injuries that often don’t present symptoms until days or weeks after an accident. Damage to you spine or neck from the jarring trauma of an accident can slowly develop problems over time.

Make sure that you follow up with your primary care provider as soon as possible after the accident, and get a follow-up appointment for any symptoms that may arise going forward.

CONTACT THE HARTMAN LAW FIRM FOR YOUR FREE CONSULATION

FREE CONSULTATION & CASE EVALUATION

Frank offers a Free Case Evaluation and Consultation. He will visit with you at your convenience at your home or hospital bed to evaluate your matter. This is done on a case by case basis.

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC

6650 Rivers Ave, Suite 600
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: (843) 300-7600
Email: frank@thehartmanlawfirm.com

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