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Understanding your injuries and securing adequate compensation

A car accident can change the course of life in an instant. One second you may be driving down the road, and the next you may find yourself with injuries that are both painful and debilitating. Most people are not financially prepared to deal with an unexpected injury and the expenses that come with it. Your car accident can negatively impact your life in multiple ways. 

If your accident was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you may not be sure what you should do next. It is possible you have grounds to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim, and it can help to start with a complete understanding of your injuries. This can prove beneficial as you seek appropriate recompense for your pain and suffering.

Avoid motorcycle accidents with safe driving practices

People who ride motorcycles often talk about the sense of freedom they feel. The exposure to the fresh air and the open road is exhilarating, whether the rider is using a motorbike for basic transport or leisure. They know that there are risks involved, but they trust themselves and their abilities.

If you enjoy driving a motorcycle, you know all too well that you face an increased risk of injury in an accident. What you may not know is just how significant that risk is. Though fatal motorcycle accidents fell by 3% in 2017, experts say that too many traffic fatalities overall involve a motorcyclist. However, you can take certain actions to help protect yourself.

The basics of a hit-and-run accident lawsuit in South Carolina

You or someone you love is in an accident. Now you’ll have to come to grips with the costs of damaged property, medical bills and missed paycheck. If the worst case is involved, the death of a loved one, the losses are beyond any calculation.

But what if the other driver takes off without giving their name or waiting for police? What can you be thinking about to help you move forward?

Steps to take immediately after a car accident

While you may hear about car accidents on a near daily basis, when you experience one, you may find yourself at a loss for what to do. There may be serious injuries, substantial property damage and multiple involved parties all competing for your attention at once.

South Carolina experienced 39,466 collisions involving injuries and 925 involving fatalities in 2017. The moments after an accident can be critical to evaluate the extent of injuries, preserve what happened and collect key information to begin an insurance claim. Read on for a checklist of steps to take immediately after an accident:

Types of damages you can pursue from your personal injury case

When you are involved in an accident that is a result of wrongful or negligent actions of someone else, you will be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. The purpose of recovering damages after an accident is to make sure that if you are injured in an accident caused by another person, you will receive enough money that at least puts you in the same position you were in prior to the accident. However, compensation is not just for covering medical bills, there is a wide range of areas that can be compensated for damages.

Here are a few of the different types of damages that are available to you for an injury case.

What not to do after a car accident

Whether minor or severe, car accidents happen every day. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports that there were over seven million police-reported car accidents in 2016 alone. Car accidents can make you disoriented as well as hinder your ability to think clearly and remember what to do after an accident occurs.

While most people know that after an accident they are supposed to exchange information with the other driver, there are a few things that many individuals should not do after a car accident which they may overlook.

Fighting your South Carolina traffic ticket

Most drivers understand that a ticket on your record may indicate higher insurance rates and require the payment of large ticket fines. You believe that you were unfairly ticketed and should not suffer the monetary consequences, so you hope to fight the ticket in court.

South Carolina requires the following of multiple steps to prove your innocence in court. While fighting your ticket may seem simple, hiring a qualified attorney may prove beneficial in understanding all elements of your case. Protect yourself against the possibility of a traffic ticket charge by using the best defense.

Recognizing the symptoms of a brain injury post-accident

Brain injuries caused by car accidents can be invisible to the naked eye, but don’t let their ability to camouflage fool you. Even if you walk away from a crash feeling fine, you may have suffered a blow to the head and not realized it. And, unfortunately, a delayed diagnosis could aggravate the condition and lead to further damage.

How do you know if you have suffered a brain injury after an accident?


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