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Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents in Columbia, SC (Part A)

After you have been in a South Carolina motor vehicle accident, you may find yourself confused about what happened and what to do next. You may have hired a Columbia car accident lawyer who will help you to figure out who is liable for your accident and what caused the accident. However, if you have not yet decided on hiring an attorney, Shelly Leeke Law Firm has provided some information below so that you can gain some insight into your South Carolina car accident.

The different types of common South Carolina car accidents can include rear-end crashes, rollovers, and drunk driving collisions. Knowing which type of accident that you were in can determine the amount of compensation that you are entitled to based on who was at fault. Your Columbia motor vehicle accident attorney will investigate the incident, including its causes, and determine which type of common car accident you were in.

Common Motor Vehicle Accidents in Columbia, South Carolina

A few of the most common motor vehicle accidents in SC include: 

  • rear-end crashes;
  • rollovers;
  • drunk driving accidents;
  • accidents where a car leaves the road;
  • head-on collisions;
  • "t-bone" collisions (formally known as side impact accidents);
  • accidents involving high-speed;
  • highway accidents; and
  • accidents when a vehicle makes a lane change.

Instances When the Other Driver May Automatically Be At-Fault


In some of the common cases listed above, the other driver's liability is almost always automatic because they did something negligent that caused the accident.
 For example, if you were rear-ended by someone, the other driver is most likely going to be found at-fault. No matter whether you were going 5mph or 50mph, the other driver is required to drive at a safe distance behind you to allow for stopping. Therefore, if you stop quickly and the driver behind you crashes into the back of your car, then they were most likely being negligent by following you too closely.

One of the most common, and also the most dangerous, cause of serious motor vehicle accidents is drunk driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol-impaired driving accounted for 377 fatal car accidents in South Carolina in 2009.

When a drunk driver causes an accident, they are usually considered liable for the collision. However, there may be instances where even though the other driver was driving while intoxicated, you may be considered somewhat at-fault for contributing to the accident. This is why it is important to discuss your accident with an experienced Columbia motor vehicle accident attorney.  They can help determine the cause of the accident and fight for your rights while you recover from your injuries.

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