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Seeking Answers for Your Injury or Accident Claim? Look No Further

After an accident occurs or an injury is suffered, you may feel lost and confused. Few people who have suffered an accident or incurred an injury have an extensive background in this area. Without this knowledge, they are left wondering how best to proceed in order to protect their legal rights. Fortunately, we are here to provide you with the answers that you are looking for. Check out our many frequently asked questions and their accompanying answers for more information.

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  • What should I do if I'm involved in a South Carolina traffic accident?

    If you are involved in a South Carolina traffic accident, there are certain things you should and shouldn't do. Your immediate actions could greatly impact the outcome of your South Carolina personal injury claim.

    After a South Carolina Traffic Accident

    If you're able, follow these steps after a South Carolina traffic accident, including:
     

    • leave your vehicle where it is unless it is in an unsafe spot;
    • contact the police department;
    • call 911 if there are any serious injuries;
    • move to a safe spot;
    • look over the police report for accuracy;
    • document the details of your accident;
    • get contact information from any witnesses;
    • take pictures of the damage to all involved vehicles;
    • get contact information of the towing company if your vehicle is being towed;
    • seek immediate medical attention, even if your injuries appear to be minor;
    • don't discuss the accident with anyone;
    • don't provide a recorded statement to others; and
    • seek legal counsel. 

    It is always a good idea to speak with a Charleston car accident lawyer to determine whether you have a valid South Carolina personal injury claim. Sometimes injuries that appear to be minor at the onset will turn into something more serious. You want to make sure that you are protected in the event this happens.

    A Charleston car accident lawyer can work with you to collect all of the necessary evidence to build a solid South Carolina personal injury claim. In addition, a Charleston car accident lawyer can help you to receive compensation to which you may be entitled in order to cover your medical expenses and lost wages.

    Contacting a Charleston Car Accident Lawyer Today

    Before you file a South Carolina personal injury claim, request a copy of our complimentary consumer guide, The South Carolina Accident Book for Personal Injury Victims. When you're ready to get started on settling your car accident claim, contact a Charleston car accident lawyer for a complimentary information packet and consultation - 888-690-0211.

  • How do I know if I have been offered a fair settlement for my injuries in an injury claim in South Carolina?

    If you have been injured in a car accident in South Carolina, it will be difficult to know if you have been offered a fair settlement for your South Carolina personal injury claim. The insurance company will not necessarily offer you a full and fair settlement amount, particularly if you are handling the negotiations on your own. You cannot count on their offer to be adequate because their goal is to give you as little as possible to resolve the matter, even if that is less than you deserve or would be fair under all of the circumstances.
    Personal injury law in South Carolina can be complicated and unless you are experienced in that area, you cannot know for sure if your settlement is truly fair.

    Those full circumstances depend on your particular facts as well as general personal injury law principles under South Carolina law. That can be a complicated mix, especially if you do not frequently handle situations like this against an insurance company, who handles claims like yours on a daily basis.
     

    Having a personal injury lawyer on your side may be a great benefit. We can look at the facts of your case, your injuries suffered, and the impact they have had on your life to help you determine whether the settlement you have been offered is fair.


    A South Carolina personal injury lawyer can help you to assess the fairness of a settlement by helping you do the following:

    • Determine the full extent of your injuries (including future care and treatment);
    • Calculate the amount of lost wages and earning potential;
    • Recognize non-economic losses (such as emotional trauma, reduced quality of life, etc.);
    • Identify any third-party claims that may be available also;
    • Consult with accident investigation specialists and medical specialists; and
    • Apply South Carolina law, which is different than that in many other states.

    With the help of a South Carolina personal injury lawyer to help you through that evaluation process, you can make a more informed decision about whether a particular settlement offer is fair.

    Contact Shelly Leeke Law Firm Today. 

    Before you file a South Carolina personal injury claim, request a copy of our free South Carolina accident guide. When you're ready to get started on settling your accident claim, contact a South Carolina personal injury attorney for a free information packet and consultation, 1-888-690-0211

  • Police say the truck driver involved in my South Carolina accident fell asleep right before the crash. Does the law limit how many hours a truck driver can driver per day?

    If you were involved in a South Carolina truck accident and the police indicate that the truck driver fell asleep right before the crash, you should know that the law does limit the number of hours a truck driver can drive per day.

    Fatigue is a common form of negligence that can cause a truck accident. It is vital that truck drivers get adequate rest before hauling loads with such a large vehicle. The hours of service regulations stipulate how long a truck driver can drive and how much rest is necessary between trips.

    Hours of Service for Truck Drivers Carrying Property

    Truck drivers who carry property are subject to the following hours of service: 
     

    • 11 hour driving limit - maximum of 11 hours driving after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
    • 14 hour driving limit - may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty.
    • 60/70 hour on-duty limit - cannot drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. Driver can restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.  


    Hours of Service for Truck Drivers Carrying Passengers

    Truck drivers who carry passengers are subject to the following hours of service: 
     

    • 10 hour driving limit - maximum of 10 hours driving after 8 consecutive hours off duty.
    • 15 hour on-duty limit - may not drive after being on duty for 15 hours, following 8 consecutive hours off duty.
    • 60/70 hour on-duty limit - cannot drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.  


    Contact a Charleston personal injury attorney immediately if you have been seriously injured in a South Carolina truck accident. An attorney can help you determine if you have a valid South Carolina personal injury claim.

    Contacting a Charleston Personal Injury Attorney Today

    Before you file a South Carolina personal injury claim, request a copy of our complimentary consumer guide, The South Carolina Accident Book for Personal Injury Victims. When you're ready to get started on settling your truck accident claim, contact a Charleston personal injury attorney for a complimentary information packet and consultation - 888-690-0211.

  • Is the other driver automatically at fault for rear-ending me in a South Carolina crash?

    If you have been involved in a rear-end car accident in South Carolina, and your car was the vehicle that was rear-ended, then the accident will almost always be the fault of the driver who hit you from behind. There are few exceptions to this rule, but they're fairly rare with regards to rear-end crashes.

    The exceptions to the rule of automatic fault in a rear-end car accident occur when:
     

    • your brake lights or tail lights were not working, which may have been a factor in the rear-end car accident;
    •  a chain reaction caused several cars to rear-end each other; or
    • your car had mechanical problems but you failed to move off the road. 

    Even if you were partly responsible for a rear-end car accident in South Carolina, you may still be eligible to receive damages, as long your percentage of fault did not exceed 50%.

    Damages that you may recover after a rear-end car accident in South Carolina include:
     

    • damage to your vehicle;
    • medical expenses for injuries that you sustained;
    • physical or emotional pain that you suffered; and
    • the loss of any past, present or future wages. 

    To recover damages after a rear-end car accident in South Carolina, you can consult with a Charleston accident attorney. An attorney can evaluate the factors surrounding your rear-end car accident to determine the strength of your potential injury claim.

    Contacting a Charleston Accident Attorney

    South Carolina residents can take comfort knowing that the attorneys at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm are there to help them settle their personal injury claims. Our firm's focus on personal injury cases includes injury from auto accidents including pedestrian and bicycle injuries, work-related injuries and worker's compensation claims, and injuries resulting from dangerous prescription drugs.

    Before you file a South Carolina personal injury claim, request a copy of our complimentary consumer guide, The South Carolina Accident Book for Personal Injury Victims. When you're ready to get started on settling your accident claim, contact a Charleston accident attorney for a complimentary information packet and consultation - 888-690-0211.  

  • Can I settle my personal injury case on my own without a Charleston personal injury attorney?

    If you have been injured in an accident in South Carolina, then there are a few instances in which you may not need to hire a Charleston personal injury attorney.

    The instances in which you may not need an attorney include:
     

    • cases in which there was no injury and only property damage (these will require a property damage claim only);
    • cases in which you were not seriously injured, or did not require medical attention for some time after the accident; and
    • cases in which you were at fault for the accident in South Carolina (if you were more than 50% at fault for the accident you do not have a valid claim).  

    If, on the other hand, you were seriously injured in an accident in South Carolina, and you have suffered extensive property damage, then you may want to get the help of an experienced Charleston personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can investigate your case and evaluate the value of the damages that you have incurred.

    A Charleston personal injury attorney can explain all of your legal options for seeking compensation, help determine liability and work with you throughout the claims process.

    Contacting a Charleston Personal Injury Attorney

    South Carolina residents can take comfort knowing that the attorneys at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm are there to help them settle their personal injury claims. Our firm's focus on personal injury cases includes injury from auto accidents, including pedestrian and bicycle injuries, work-related injuries and worker's compensation claims, and injuries resulting from dangerous prescription drugs.

    Before you file a South Carolina personal injury claim, request a copy of our complimentary consumer guide, The South Carolina Accident Book for Personal Injury Victims. When you're ready to get started on settling your accident claim, contact a Charleston personal injury attorney for a complimentary information packet and consultation - 888-690-0211.

  • When is hiring a South Carolina personal injury attorney necessary?

    Accidents that result in serious injury and substantial property damage are often best handled with the help of an experienced Charleston personal injury attorney. Many victims who try to settle these cases on their own end up with inadequate settlement amounts. 

    Remember that in order to file a South Carolina personal injury claim, another party must have been responsible for your injuries. If you were the at-fault party for the accident, you do not have a valid claim. Your claim will also be denied if there is no injury sustained or if the injuries are minor and do not result in substantial medical bills or loss of income.

    When your South Carolina personal injury claim is denied and you know that you were not completely at fault and do have a valid claim, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit
    . A lawsuit could take the matter of your settlement to a full court trial where a judge and jury would become involved.

    At this time, a Charleston personal injury attorney's help would be critical in proving and settling your claim for a fair amount.

    Your attorney can:
     

    • collect additional evidence;
    • provide expert witnesses to support your claim; and
    • negotiate a settlement on your behalf.  


    Any time you have been involved in an accident where you sustain injury, it's never a bad option to discuss your case with a Charleston personal injury attorney. Many attorneys offer free consultations and will advise you on when a South Carolina personal injury claim is necessary and whether you may need legal assistance to settle your case.

    The Help of a Charleston Personal Injury Attorney

    South Carolina residents can take comfort knowing that the attorneys at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm are there to help them settle their personal injury claims. Our firm's focus on personal injury cases includes injury from auto accidents, including pedestrian and bicycle injuries, work-related injuries and worker's compensation claims, and injuries resulting from dangerous prescription drugs.

    Before you file a South Carolina personal injury claim, request a copy of our complimentary consumer guide, The South Carolina Accident Book for Personal Injury Victims. When you're ready to get started on settling your accident claim, contact a Charleston personal injury attorney for a complimentary information packet and no-cost consultation - 888-690-0211.

  • How large is a tractor trailer?

    Tractor trailers weigh up to 80,000 lbs; these are the most common large trucks on the road in the Charleston area. Larger and oversize trucks can weigh more and require special permits. As a comparison, the average passenger car weighs 5,000 lbs.

  • What is a logbook?

    A truck driver is required by federal law to keep a log book. This logbook contains a record of their hours of service (driving time and rest breaks), as well as where they have been, such as the Port of Charleston, and where they are going. If you are involved in an accident with a truck, the logbook may contain valuable information for your case.

  • Are there rules governing how long a Tractor Trailer or 18-wheeler truck driver can be behind the wheel before he has to stop for a break or to rest?

    Yes, drivers of tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, large buses, and other large trucks must abide by the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. These vary depending on the size of vehicle and type of cargo. For example, a driver of a commercial bus carrying 20 passengers is allowed to drive a maximum of 10 hours after 8 hours of rest.

  • What is the most common cause of tractor trailer accidents?

    According to studies by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers’ actions contributed to accidents 87% of the time. Of the remaining 13%, 10% are due to mechanical issues with the truck, and 3% are caused by the outside environment.

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