Charleston Automobile Accident Attorneys
Guiding Victims through the Legal Process in Charleston, Summerville and the Surrounding Areas
If you’ve been injured in a car crash in Charleston, Summerville, or the surrounding areas in South Carolina, you’re not alone. Every year, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed in collisions with cars, trucks, tractor-trailers, and other motor vehicles.
Various factors contribute to these types of automobile accidents, including:
Failing to obey traffic laws
Failing to follow commercial vehicle regulations
At Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A., our Charleston automobile accident lawyers have the knowledge and skills to successfully represent victims of motor vehicle collisions.
We know how to develop and pursue strong cases by:
Investigating the facts of the accident
Determining the full extent of damages
Negotiating with insurance companies
Making sure medical bills are paid
Our team will guide you through the legal system to seek to recover the maximum compensation allowable by law for your injuries.
Schedule a free consultation by calling us at (843) 790-0083 or contacting us online today.
How Do I Pursue Compensation After an Auto Accident?
Two avenues are available to seek financial recovery for damages you sustained because of an accident caused by someone else.
First, you can attempt to resolve the matter with the at-fault party’s insurance company. To do this, you must file a claim with the insurer, stating that their customer caused your accident and you are owed compensation for expenses and losses.
If we are unable to settle the case with the insurance company, we can then pursue a personal injury lawsuit. This legal vehicle allows you to take the responsible party to court. There, a judge or jury will decide whether you’re owed financial recovery and how much you should be awarded.
Our automobile accident attorneys in Charleston can help you through all stages of the legal process. We have handled various cases involving motor vehicle collisions and know how to seek just compensation. At every step, we will be by your side, answering your questions and addressing your concerns.
How Much Money Can I Get for an Auto Accident Settlement?
Because medical bills, lost wages, and other damages arising from an accident can put a strain on personal finances, one of the victim’s main concerns is the amount of compensation they can expect to receive. Unfortunately, a straightforward answer doesn’t exist.
Determining how much an accident case is worth and what amount will be recovered is complicated, as they depend on many factors.
Some of the things influencing automobile accident settlements include, but are not limited to:
Severity of injuries
Amount of time out of work
Type of medical treatment needed
Evidence of other driver’s responsibility
Availability of sufficient coverage
Additionally, the victim’s percentage of fault will also be factored into the settlement amount. South Carolina is a modified comparative negligence state. Under this system, a judge or jury determines whether the victim is entitled to compensation and if they share any responsibility for the accident. If they conclude that the victim contributed to the crash, the settlement is reduced by their percentage of negligence. However, if the victim's own negligence during is determined to be more than 50% then they receive nothing.
Although this mainly applies to cases during the lawsuit stage, the insurance company may raise this at negotiations during the claims phase.
In short, without a complete understanding of your specific situation, it would be unwise to ballpark a settlement figure. Discuss your case in greater depth with our Charleston automobile accident lawyers, and we can help you understand what just compensation would look like.
How Long Does an Auto Accident Case Take to Settle?
Traffic collision cases are all different. Thus, the way one progresses and resolves will be different from how another does.
A few factors that can affect the duration of a case include, but are not limited to:
Recovery time: Before sending a demand to the insurance company, it’s important to ensure all current and future medical expenses are accounted for. Often, this means waiting until reaching maximum medical improvement.
Investigation: Automobile accidents must be thoroughly investigated to establish fault. Gathering and preserving evidence can take some time, especially if an accident reconstruction expert is needed to understand the situation fully.
Negotiations: Talks with the at-fault party’s insurance company can be lengthy. The company will be trying to protect their financial interests while the victim’s lawyer will be working to get the best possible outcome for their client. These conflicting goals can slow negotiations down.
Trial: If negotiations fail, the matter will be taken to court. This can increase the duration of the case, as a court date must be set and a judge or jury must hear the facts and make a decision.
When you hire Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A., we will discuss your legal options and explain how certain avenues and circumstances may affect the length of your auto accident claim.
Cases Involving Tractor-Trailers
Our Charleston automobile accident attorneys on our team have extensive experience representing injured people and the families of those killed in collisions with trucks, tractor-trailers, and other commercial vehicles.
Crashes involving tractor-trailers and trucks often cause significant damages, and may involve pursuing claims for personal injury, wrongful death, or property damage against the transportation company, insurance companies, drivers, and other responsible parties.
Our auto accident lawyers in Charleston, SC, have the resources and ability to successfully pursue these complex cases. We have specific knowledge of all trucking laws and regulations, such as the requirements for logging driver hours, rest periods, maintenance requirements, training, and other regulations.
We maintain a network of experts on trucking and transportation law and regulations, including all rules and regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These experts are prepared to assist in establishing and providing testimony on the standard of care required by commercial drivers and motor carriers.
Contact Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A. Today
If you would like to discuss the value of your case with our automobile accident attorneys in Charleston, schedule a free consultation with us. We do not collect a fee in personal injury cases unless we can recover compensation for your claim*.
Call us at (843) 790-0083 or submit an online contact form.
* The attorney fee will be a percentage of the total recovery, and it will be computed before any expenses are deducted from the recovery. Unless otherwise noted in the fee agreement, the client will not be responsible for costs if no recovery is made.