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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.  

Shelly Leeke
South Carolina Injury Lawyer

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