What should I do after my car accident in South Carolina?
Our Lexington, SC car accident lawyers explain what to do to protect your rights
Dealing with a car accident in Lexington or Columbia, SC caused by another driver? Not sure what to do next? Our experienced Lexington car accident attorneys at Johnson + Johnson Attorneys at Law created this page to provide you with some general information.
We know how confusing car accidents can be for many people, especially if you’ve never been involved in one before. You might not even be aware of the options available to you. That’s why we want to meet with you and guide you through the process, step by step.
We know what to do because we have extensive experience handling complex legal cases. We also know the area well and we know South Carolina’s laws since our attorneys – brothers Kevin and Steven Johnson – were born and raised in Lexington. To us, what we do is more than just a job. It’s about helping our friends and neighbors when they need us most.
What to do after a car accident
The following list of suggestions for what to do after your car accident should simply be used as a general guide, and not taken as legal advice, because each car accident is different. If you need specific advice, please contact us and schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys. We would be honored to help you.
- Call the police – Ask the police to respond to your accident. That way, you’ll have an official record of exactly what happened.
- Get medical attention – If you believe you were hurt, ask the police to send an ambulance. If your accident happened several hours or days ago, see your doctor right away. You could have a life-threatening internal injury and not know it.
- Take pictures – If possible, take pictures of the scene before the vehicles are moved. These images can be critical pieces of evidence in support of your case.
- Talk to witnesses – If someone saw your car accident, their testimony can be a valuable piece of evidence. Make sure to get the witness’ name, address and phone number so you or anyone else investigating your crash can contact them later.
- Get personal information – If you’re healthy enough to do so, get the other driver’s full name, address, phone number and insurance information. Feel free to provide the same information to the other driver.
- Keep comments brief – While you might be tempted to talk to the other driver, don’t. Anything you say could be used to reduce or deny your accident claim.
- Contact insurance company – Tell your insurance company you have been in a car accident. Again, don’t go into too much detail. While your insurance company might seem like your friend, it’s always good to be cautious at first.
- Contact our law firm – Talk to an attorney at our law firm as soon as possible. We know the law and understand how the legal system works here.
Complications can arise if the other driver flees the scene. If it was a hit-and-run accident, it is especially important that you follow the guide above. Documenting any details like the license plate or make and model of the car of the driver that hit you are critical. Don’t pursue a hit-and-run driver – leave that to the police.
Get serious about your car accident. Get Johnson + Johnson for justice.
You might think you don’t need an attorney if another driver clearly caused your crash. The reality is many car accidents turn out to be far more complicated. The driver who caused your accident may deny doing anything wrong. Or they may even try to blame you. Worst of all, their insurance company might believe them and deny their claim.
Insurance companies don’t intimidate us. We know how they think. We know how to negotiate with them. If they refuse to cooperate, we can file a car accident lawsuit on your behalf. Contact our law firm to learn more about how we can help you.
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