Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents

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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  • What should I do if the at-fault driver of my accident calls me?

    A car accident scene can be a stressful and chaotic place. Many accident victims have not been involved in a crash before and are unsure of what to do. They may realize later that they have unanswered questions or need further information. In some cases, the driver who caused the crash may reach out to those involved. However, Myrtle Beach injury victims should take care when it comes to any discussion with the at-fault driver and his insurance company. Communicating with the at-fault driver after a Myrtle Beach Car Accident Derrick Law Firm

    Avoid Discussing the Accident With the At-Fault Driver

    If the police were called to the accident scene and insurance companies are involved, there is no need for any interaction between the at-fault driver and those hurt in the crash. It is the job of the insurance adjusters to obtain the information they need from the appropriate parties and resolve the claim. Adjusters understand how the process works, and they know where to find the answers to any questions they may have.

    If the at-fault driver does contact a victim, the victim should simply refer him to the insurance adjuster. There is nothing to be gained through a conversation with the other driver, and it can put victims at risk. Much like talking with an insurance adjuster, the at-fault driver may be fishing for information or comments that can be used to unfairly shift blame onto the victim.

    Protect Your Rights by Limiting Communication

    Additionally, while it can be tempting to try to work the matter out privately with the at-fault driver, this is rarely a good idea. Despite the hope that a personal arrangement can save either side money by keeping insurance premiums down, it is a risky endeavor. The other driver may not live up to his end of the bargain, and victims may find themselves in a very difficult position. Ultimately, victims may lose out on vital compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repair and replacement.

    If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a car accident, call the police to report the accident immediately. 

    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 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina office directly at 843.248.7486 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Conway, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

     

  • How long do I have to file a Myrtle Beach car accident claim?

    After a car accident, most injury victims hope their claim will be resolved quickly and successfully. Often, this is true, and victims are able to move forward and get back to their regular lives. However, in some cases, accident victims must file a legal claim in order to obtain the compensation they need and deserve after a crash. While South Carolina law provides the right to file these claims, it also specifies a time limit to do so. This is known as the statute of limitations. Myrtle Beach statute of limitations Derrick Law Firm

    What Is a Statute of Limitations?

    A statute of limitations prescribes a specific amount of time in which a victim can pursue a legal claim against the responsible party of an accident. In South Carolina, victims have three years to file a claim. After this time period has passed, a court will likely dismiss the claim, and the victim will not be able to obtain any compensation.

    For car accidents, the clock on the statute of limitations starts ticking on the day of the accident for claims related to injuries and property. If someone was killed as a result of the accident, the time period to file a wrongful death case begins on the day of the death, which may not necessarily be the day of the accident.

    Statute of Limitations Applies to South Carolina Legal Claims

    It’s important to note that these rules pertain to legal action taken through the state system, not private auto insurance. If an accident victim needs to utilize his own insurance or that of the at-fault driver, it typically needs to be done fairly soon after the accident. Often, insurance companies expect to hear about an accident within days.

    Filing a Myrtle Beach Car Accident Injury Claim

    While three years may seem like plenty of time to file a legal claim, it’s best to be prepared and get started as soon as possible. Accident victims may assume their claim will be resolved quickly through insurance and, in doing so, lose valuable preparation time. An effective injury claim needs to be investigated and examined. Information and documents need to be gathered from a variety of sources, and legal paperwork must be carefully completed. This can all take time.

    If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a car accident, it’s best to seek the advice of an injury attorney as soon as possible. Even if you aren’t sure if you have a claim or expect insurance to take care of things, an experienced attorney can make sure all your rights are protected. Compensation after a crash can be critical for medical care and lost wages, so don’t leave your future to chance. Have a conversation with an attorney who can help you fully understand your situation. The lawyers at The Derrick Law Firm offer free, no-obligation consultations to help accident victims get started with these important decisions. Call our Myrtle Beach office at 843.248.7486 today.

     

  • How do I choose a Myrtle Beach car accident attorney?

    Desk of a Local Attorney With the Scales of Justice in Myrtle Beach Derrick Law FirmYou were seriously injured in a car accident in Myrtle Beach, and you want to make sure you get the compensation you deserve from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You know that the best way to do that is to work with a personal injury lawyer, but with so many options, how do you choose? We offer this helpful guide.

    Choosing a Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Attorney

    You have a lot of options when choosing a personal injury attorney in the Myrtle Beach area, so how do you narrow down your choices? We think you should focus on these key areas:

    Experience 

    You don’t want to be a lawyer’s first car accident case. Look for a firm that has been in business for a long time and has successfully resolved hundreds of cases like yours.

    Resources 

    Investigating a car crash and negotiating with an insurance company require time and attention. You want a law firm with the resources to conduct a thorough investigation and with connections to the local insurance and legal communities.

    Location 

    If your crash happened in Myrtle Beach, you want a lawyer who knows Myrtle Beach. Firms across South Carolina will be willing to take your case, but a local lawyer can offer advantages that out-of-towners can’t.

    Personality

    You must be able to communicate freely with your legal team and to trust them to do what’s best for you. Finding a law firm that offers a free initial consultation will give you the opportunity to meet the attorneys with no obligation to hire them and decide if they are a good fit for you.

    It is important that you take the time to find the right law firm for you, rather than calling the first lawyer you come across. It can make all the difference in the amount of compensation you will get.

    Start With The Derrick Law Firm in Myrtle Beach

    With nearly 30 years of practicing personal injury law in Myrtle Beach, founding attorney Dirk Derrick offers unmatched experience in South Carolina. He and his team are committed to their clients’ success and will do whatever it takes to get the outcome you deserve. Call our Myrtle Beach office at 843.248.7486 to schedule your free initial consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Conway, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

     

  • Am I responsible for any damages if I was forced to act quickly?

    When we are put in a sudden emergency or potentially dangerous situation, we are forced to quickly act to avoid a car 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.

    For more information on sudden emergencies or potentially dangerous situations, please read our full blog.

    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 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

    Voted Best Attorney by the readers of the Horry Independent and Myrtle Beach Herald, The Derrick Law Firm will work to get you the full value of your case.

  • What are my responsibilities if I injure or kill someone in an accident?

    If you are involved in a car accident, there are several things you are required to do by law. The South Carolina Code says a driver must immediately stop at the scene of the accident.

    He must return and remain at the scene until he has fulfilled the following requirements:

    1. Must give name, address, and registration number of the vehicle.
    2. If asked to see his license, the driver must show his identification to the injured party.
    3. Must offer reasonable assistance to help the injured person(s), including making arrangements to carry or have the injured party carried to the hospital via EMS.

    Following these guidelines are important when you are involved in an accident. If you or your family member are the injured party, you may need help getting the benefits you need after the accident. Myrtle Beach Car Accident Attorney Dirk Derrick has over 30 years experience in helping clients after a wreck and will work to get the full amount for your claim.

    Voted Best Attorney by the readers of the Horry Independent and Myrtle Beach Herald, The Derrick Law Firm will work to get you the full value of your case.

    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 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • What are my responsibilities as a passenger in a car?

    If you are a passenger in a car, it is your duty to maintain a reasonable lookout for dangers, but you are not expected to anticipate every decision of the driver. You should only ride with a driver that you trust to make sound decisions.

    For more details on your responsibility as a passenger in a car, see the full blog.

    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 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

    Voted Best Attorney, The Derrick Law firm will work to get you the benefits you need.

     

  • If someone drives my car drunk, am I responsible for the damages?

    If you allow someone to drive your car while they are drunk or under the influence of drugs, you may be held liable for the injuries and/or damages they cause in a car accident.

    The injured party must prove the essential elements of “negligent entrustment."

    For more information on negligent entrustment of a vehicle to an intoxicated driver, please see our blog.

    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 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • Am I responsible for the damages or injuries caused by someone else driving my car?

    If you allow someone else to drive your car and they are involved in a car accident, you may be held liable for the damages or injuries caused by that person.

    You could be held responsible if the person you let drive your car is unfit to drive and you knew, or should have known, that they were incapable of safely driving the car. This may include allowing someone to drive your car that is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    For more on this topic, read the full blog on negligent entrustment.

    If you are the injured party in an auto accident, you may need a personal injury attorney to help you get the medical treatment you need and your medical bills paid.

    Personal Injury Lawyers at The Derrick Law Firm have over 29 years of experience in personal injury law including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, workers' compensation, wrongful death, and insurance claims.

    Voted Best Attorney by the readers of the Horry Independent and Myrtle Beach Herald, The Derrick Law Firm will work to get you the full value of your case.

    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 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • Who is liable for damages caused by a minor in a car accident?

    If a minor is driving a car and is at fault in a car accident, the South Carolina Family Purpose Doctrine states that the head of the family who owns and maintains the car for the everyday use of his family is responsible for the negligence of someone within the family when they drive the car.

    See our blog for more information regarding the Family Purpose Doctrine

    If you or a member of your family are a victim in a car accident, you may need a personal injury attorney to help you with your claim.

    Voted Best Attorney by the readers of the Horry Independent and Myrtle Beach Herald, The Derrick Law Firm will work to get you the full value of your case.

    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 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • How much insurance do I need for my car or motorcycle?

    There are several types of auto insurance coverage you can, and should, include in your insurance policy to protect yourself and your family in the event of a car accident.

    Med Pay or Personal Injury Protection, an insurance add-on, is very helpful in covering medical expenses if you are seriously injured. It is much like health insurance for your auto insurance policy.

    It is also very important to have Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UIM) in the event the at-fault party does not have any insurance to cover your expenses, or does not have enough insurance to cover your expenses.

    For more information about how much insurance coverage you need, download your FREE copy of “3 Feet from Disaster,” by Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Attorney Dirk J. Derrick.

    Voted Best Personal Injury Attorneys by the readers of the Horry Independent and Myrtle Beach Herald, The Derrick Law Firm will work to get you the full value of your case.

    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 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.