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 843-488-5360, to speak directly with us about your legal concerns.

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  • Are trucking companies regulated?

    Yes, the trucking industry is regulated. 

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the trucking industry with rules and regulations.  Violations of these rules and regulations often lead to accidents, and often become evidence at the trial in these cases.

    Truck accidents can cause serious injury because of the size and weight of an 18-wheeler. Cars are often crushed and people are seriously injured in these kinds of accidents.

    If you find yourself or a family member seriously injured in an accident, you may need a personal injury attorney to look out for your best interests when the insurance company will not.

    Myrtle Beach Truck Accident Lawyer Dirk Derrick has over 31 years of experience in personal injury including tractor trailer accidents, 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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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 843-488-5360 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.

    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.