Frequently Asked Questions About SC Personal Injury Lawsuits

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim? What if the driver who hit me is uninsured? Why do I need to hire a personal injury lawyer?

We answer these questions and many more in our collection of frequently asked questions. Unlike many websites that provide brief yes-or-no answers to important legal questions like these, we provide detailed answers to help you get a better idea of your rights, your options, and what you can hope for in the future.

If your questions are not answered here, feel free to connect with us through our website, or call us at 843-248-7486, to speak directly with us about your legal concerns.

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  • Auto Accidents: Should I call the police?

    Yes, you should call the police in every auto accident case.  Do not simply exchange insurance information and leave.  Call the police and other emergency personnel if necessary and wait for them to arrive on scene.

    A police report is imperative for filing a claim for property damage to your vehicle, as well as if you or your passengers are injured in the wreck. Having documentation of an accident could be crucial if the at fault party tries to deny liability.

    For more information about what to do in the event of an accident, get your FREE copy of The Truth About Your SC Injury Claim. This book, written by Myrtle Beach Car Accident Attorney Dirk Derrick, has information about what to do after an accident and especially what steps to take if you are injured.

    If you prefer a FREE consultation, please give The Derrick Law Firm a call at 843-248-7486.

  • What are common causes of a truck accident?

    Tractor trailer truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons.

    Some potential causes for a tractor trailer accident may include the following:  

    • Hiring an unqualified or proven bad driver
    • Lack of training on the part of the truck driver
    • Lack of driving experience
    • Overloaded trucks
    • Trucks loaded improperly allowing material to shift
    • Poorly maintained equipment on the trucks
    • A tired driver who has driven too many hours without rest
    • Speeding
    • Inattention
    • Driving aggressively
    • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
    • Unsafe safety equipment
    • Violating Federal standards

    While there many reasons a truck accident may happen, you must protect yourself in the event of any accident you might be involved with in the future. Make sure you and your family are protected and be sure to have enough auto insurance.

    Get your FREE copy of 3 Feet From Disaster from Myrtle Beach Truck Accident Attorney Dirk Derrick. This book details what insurance coverage you need and how to protect your livelihood.

    You may also contact us at The Derrick Law Firm for a FREE consultation. 843-248-7486.

    The Derrick Law Firm serves the state of South Carolina and has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant.

  • Should I hire an attorney if I've been in a car accident?

    You may or may not need a personal injury attorney in the event of a car accident. If you are not hurt, or if the accident was your fault, an attorney will not be able to pursue a personal injury claim for you. 

    If the wreck was caused by someone else, and you were sore afterwards, but fully heal within a week with no substantial loss of time from work, an attorney will probably not increase the value of your case to the extent necessary to justify an attorney's fee.

    If the wreck was caused by someone else, and you are admitted into the hospital, missed substantial time from work, suffered broken bones, or have the type of injury that is never going to heal completely, a personal injury attorney can help you make sure you obtain all available benefits, including potential future benefits, which need to be addressed now or be forever waived.

    This is a difficult question to answer in a yes or no format because all cases are different.

    Some cases are going to be major cases from day one.  You may think other cases are minor, but when healing doesn't take place like expected, unexpected injuries are discovered and will need treatment that was not anticipated.

    In every case, there are insurance adjusters who have supervisors and attorneys advising them of the law and how to maximize the profit for the company.  Unless you have legal knowledge and experience with insurance claims, you could be at a disadvantage without an attorney.

    To determine whether you may or may not need a Personal Injury Lawyer, contact The Derrick Law Firm at 843-248-7486 for your FREE consultation.

    Myrtle Beach SC Personal Injury Attorney Dirk Derrick has over 31 years of experience in personal injury law including auto accidents, tractor trailer truck accidents, workers' compensation, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, motorcycle accidents, and other insurance claims.

    The Derrick Law Firm was also voted Best Attorney in Myrtle Beach by the readers of the Myrtle Beach Herald (2016-2018) and  Best Attorney in Conway by the Horry Independent (2014-2018). 

    Office locations include Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.