Rear-end collisions account for a large percentage of road accidents in South Carolina. This type of accident occurs when one vehicle rams into the back of the car ahead of it. It’s a common accident, especially in intersections and where traffic congestion exists. It can actually become a worse situation when the collision occurs in traffic because it can easily cause a chain-reaction car accident where several cars collide into each other.
Some car manufacturers have placed advanced warning mechanisms that help reduce these accidents. However, there are still several cars on the road that do not have these advanced systems and the person behind the wheel ultimately determines how safely the car will be driven.
It is common knowledge that in rear-end car accident cases, it is almost always the car that’s from the back which will be found guilty of causing the collision. However, there are still several factors to be considered in determining fault. Therefore, if you are the victim in a rear-end collision, whether is a car, on a motorcycle, in a truck, or any vehicle, you will need the services of a good accident attorney to assist you in getting what you the compensation that you deserve.
In Charleston, and other parts of the world, drivers are advised to give each other a safe distance while on the road. This distance provides room to safely stop their car when a motorist ahead suddenly stops. Following the safe distance rule reduces the chances of getting into a rear-end accident.
However, some drivers are negligent of this safety measure and end up crashing into other vehicles. Some of the reasons that cause these rear-end collisions include:
As already pointed out, failure to keep a safe distance between motorists can lead to rear-end accidents. Tailgating a vehicle is a dangerous driving habit practiced by negligent drivers.
Driving at high speeds doesn’t give a driver the time to stop their car when a driver ahead of them stops suddenly. This can lead to a serious rear-end collision, possibly resulting in severe vehicular damage, and serious injuries to the occupants.
III. Distracted driving
The law requires that a driver should avoid all distractions while driving. Some of the common distractions include talking on the phone, texting, eating, drinking, Facebook live while driving, live streaming while driving or generally just not paying attention. Without complete focus on the road, the driver may miss sudden movements of other vehicles on the way, and that can cause collisions.
IV. Drunk driving
Drunk driving is one of the top causes of major accidents. Intoxicated drivers are mentally and physically impaired. They have slow reaction times while driving.
Drunkenness can also cause the driver to become drowsy, which can easily lead to a rear-end collision.
V. Exhausted Driving
There are cases when a driver becomes exhausted, but continues to drive. The effect that exhaustion has on the body is similar to drunk driving, and can also result in serious accidents.
VI. Adverse Weather Conditions
Under adverse conditions, auto collisions are common. This can include fogginess, heavy rain, icy roads, and others. It is advised that when weather conditions are poor, that you slow down and allow for more space between you and the car in front of you.
All call the authorities in Charleston immediately after a collision. The police will fill out an accident report, documenting the scene and damages. This report is important when seeking compensation for damages.
After any sort of car accident, it’s essential to take pictures of the scene. This includes pictures of both cars involved in the collision.
Be deliberate about thoroughly capturing every detail. Ensure that you have photos of the license plates of other cars, debris from the collision, and any damage to the interior of the vehicle.
Furthermore, if you or anyone in your vehicle were injured, take pictures of the injuries. This sort of evidence will help your attorney build your case.
Get the contact information of all parties involved, including any witnesses to the accident. You should collect names, driver license details, insurance contacts, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. The contact information is crucial in following up your claim and may be needed if the court requests for witnesses.
Once you have properly recorded the accident and contacted your attorney, you should immediately visit a health care facility for a checkup. Even if there are no apparent injuries, this is still important. Many injuries can show up days or weeks after an accident.
Without having a medical record to show the progression, the defendant can claim that those injuries happened somewhere else. Furthermore, it’s important to understand that insurance companies may deny you your claim if they find out that you delayed in getting medical attention.
At the hospital, you should tell the doctor that your injuries are from an accident. This gives important context that allows the physician to give you the proper treatment.
Rear-end collision claims are challenging to litigate. Without a qualified and experienced attorney, you may end up on the losing side of the case.
If you’ve ever been in a rear-end accident, then you should know that getting compensation for your injuries isn’t a walk in the park. To be successful, you must have a lawyer with the experience and knowledge to handle your claim.
It may surprise you to know that car accident fraud exists. It’s an incident in which the perpetrator fakes a collision and extorts money from your insurance. In most rear-end collision scams, the scammer overtakes you and instantly gets in front of you, especially in a packed traffic lane. Then they stop suddenly, hoping that you’re caught unaware. forcing you to hit them from behind.
An auto collision fraud can work in one of two ways. First, they can claim compensation for damages caused to their car. Second they can claim compensation for bodily harm. In most cases, the scam driver will partner with a vehicle shop which inflates the repair costs so that you can pay more from your policy.
When the fraud involves bodily injury, it can be much more difficult to fight the claims. Injuries like whiplash are difficult to prove or deny. As a result, you may end up being liable for fraudulent injuries.
One of the worst things about this type of fraud is that doctors and even lawyers can be involved with the perpetrators.
However, with Frank Hartman on your side, you can rest easy knowing he’s handling your case. Even when the scammer partners with lawyers to build a case against you, Frank knows how to expose them and get the rightful compensation you deserve.
Experience is a critical component to any legal case. An attorney who knows what their doing can help quickly litigate your claim and get a settlement.
Other law firms may assign a junior attorney to cover your case, claiming that their firm has the experience of their senior attorneys. Because of this, it’s crucial that you work with an attorney that you can put your confidence in.
It’s common knowledge that every car on the road is legally required to carry insurance. When an accident happens, any damages that occur should be covered by the insurance company.
Unfortunately, insurance companies aren’t in the business of losing money. They don’t necessarily have your best interests in mind. They often look for faults that will allow them to deny you compensation, or reduce the amount of money from a settlement.
The Hartman Law Firm, LLC has extensive knowledge about how insurance companies work. He knows how to fight them for fair compensation. He will never take the lowest bid, and he won’t rest until you’ve won your fair share of the insurance settlement.
As a client seeking help with a rear-end case, you deserve to be treated with respect and good service. Numerous legal clients are disappointed by attorneys or law firms that pass them over for the “big fish.” The result is that you end up talking to someone different than you first put your trust in.
At The Hartman Law Firm, LLC, Frank guarantees that he’ll keep in touch with you throughout the process. He’ll be the attorney standing beside you in court, and he’ll never pass his work over to someone else.
That isn’t to say that you won’t sometimes be contacted by an experienced paralegal to collect important information. After all, that’s their job.
The history of car accident cases has shown that people represented by attorneys get higher compensation settlements. When someone forgoes the use of a legal representative, they’re losing money.
This is because attorneys are experienced in collecting the right information the right way. They know how to work around stingy insurance companies and their bureaucracy. And insurance companies know that they’re better off settling the claim fairly without the added expense of fighting in court.
There are plenty of car-accident lawyers out there who will handle your case. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong one can mean poor handling of your claim. This can mean significantly less compensation. You won’t find this with Frank Hartman.
As someone who was injured in an accident, you deserve the best service possible. Frank makes sure that every client gets individual attention on every case from start to finish.
The hourly cost of attorney can be very expensive. Working with Frank, you can rest easy knowing that you don’t have to pay unless you win compensation. This means that his fees are paid from your settlement, allowing you the peace of mind that you won’t have cover lawyer fees as the case goes on.
Frank has a solid track record of winning compensation for his clients. He’s been doing it for years, and he will do everything possible to win your case.
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