A car accident is one of the most traumatic experiences most of us face. It’s scary and can leave you rattled, angry and uncomfortable behind the wheel. But not every auto accident demands legal action. Sometimes accidents are simple and straightforward, and dealing with their aftermath is something you can handle on your own.
Other times, you will need support and legal guidance from an experienced South Carolina personal injury attorney. It’s not always easy to know if you should hire a lawyer. If you’re not sure, it doesn’t hurt to contact an attorney . Sink Law offers a free consultation to South Carolina auto accident victims and we will be happy to answer your questions and put you on the right path.
Here are a few questions that could help you determine if you are likely to need an attorney.
Were you injured in a South Carolina car accident?
This is the most important question we will ask. If you were seriously injured and aren’t sure how long it will take you to heal or how your injuries will impact your life, contact an attorney right away. Do not discuss your case with the responsible party’s insurer until you have talked to an attorney. Anything you say can be used against you in ways you may not expect.
If you were not injured, you may do not need an attorney. Most South Carolina property damage claims are straightforward and easily negotiated through the insurance companies.
Did you seek medical attention for your injuries?
If you were hurt in a car accident in South Carolina, but not seriously enough to see a doctor within a few days of the crash, it might not be significant enough an issue to need an attorney.
If an injury manifests after the accident, see a doctor right away and report the claim to insurance. It is always a good idea to talk with an attorney about the specific circumstances in your situation.
How did the crash impact your life?
Sometimes even minor injuries can have devastating impacts on your daily life. A torn ligament in the knee or a broken wrist can cause you to miss work and lose income. That’s not something most people can handle easily and lost wages aren’t always easy to get from insurance without help from an attorney.
If you’re not sure about the short or long term effects of your accident, it’s always advised that you contact an attorney. Sink Law offers free consultations. Even if you don’t need our help, you will finish a conversation with our knowledgeable legal team with a better understanding of your rights and what to expect during the days, weeks and months following your accident.