Sudden Emergency and Peril

Dirk J. Derrick
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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.

We have all been driving and something unexpected has happened on the road. A deer runs out in front of your car, debris falls out of the back of a truck, or another car swerves into your lane. Defensive driving is very important because we cannot control others driving or unexpected events like an animal crossing the road.

When we are put in a sudden emergency or potentially dangerous situation, we are forced to quickly act to avoid an accident or injury. According to South Carolina law, if a driver is placed in such a situation and he makes a choice that a rational person would make in the same situation, he is not considered guilty of negligence even if his actions were not the best ones to make. This law allows for error on behalf of the driver who is faced with an emergency situation.

Overall this law applies to a driver if it can be shown that they were confronted with what appeared to be an emergency or dangerous situation, they did not contribute to the emergency, and when faced with the situation, they acted like a rational person would in similar circumstances. The law of sudden emergency does not apply, however, if the driver contributed to the emergency.

Have You Been Injured In A South Carolina Area Car Accident?

If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Conway, South Carolina office directly at 843.248.7486 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

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