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What to Do After a Car Accident in Holiday Traffic

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You were driving to a family member’s house for the holidays when, suddenly, a car swerved into your lane and hit you head on. 

Your car flipped, the airbags deployed, and you were scared for your life. Instead of going to your family’s house, you had to go to the hospital.

Unfortunately, stories like this happen every holiday season. While it’s important to spend time with your loved ones this time of year, driving on the roadways can be incredibly dangerous.

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident due to another driver’s careless actions, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. At Harris & Graves, we know how devastating it can be to get into an accident, especially around the holidays. Our South Carolina car accident attorneys are dedicated to helping injured victims navigate the legal system after an accident during the holiday season and throughout the year. 

What Should I Do After an Accident?

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The days following a vehicle accident are scary and overwhelming. Questions such as “How am I going to pay my medical bills?” “Will my car get fixed?” start to seep in on top of the challenges associated with recovering from your injuries.

To help bring some clarity to an incredibly stressful time, our South Carolina car accident attorneys have outlined a few important things to keep in mind after an accident: 

#1- Seek Medical Attention 

After being involved in an accident, you should always seek medical attention. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it’s in your best interest to be evaluated by a medical professional. 

Sometimes symptoms from an injury don’t arise immediately. You may even be in shock after the accident, which can cause you to not feel any pain until later. However, if you wait to seek medical attention or fail to follow your doctor’s orders, it can damage your claim for compensation. 

This is because the insurance adjuster reviewing your claim may believe that you didn’t seek treatment because your injuries either weren’t that serious or didn’t result from the accident.

#2- Document Everything  

Evidence is critical to supporting your claim. Make sure to document everything associated with your accident. This can include copies of your medical bills, pictures of the accident scene and your injuries, any car repair bills, and more.

#3 – Don’t Sign Anything 

After an accident, you may be contacted by the other party’s insurance company. Keep in mind that you’re NOT obligated to talk to them and we recommend that you don’t unless you’ve spoken with an attorney. 

Insurance adjusters are trained experts whose main goal is to save their company money. For this reason, they often try to bully injured victims into accepting less money than they deserve for their injuries. They may even attempt to persuade you to sign a form that releases them from liability entirely. 

#3- Contact an Experienced Lawyer 

Car accident cases are complex and the insurance companies aren’t your friend. Having an experienced attorney in your corner can help level the playing field and ensure the other party’s insurance company doesn’t take advantage of you. 

What’s more, a lawyer can take care of all the paperwork and hassles of your claim, allowing you to focus on your recovery and time with your family. Our attorneys at Harris & Graves know how to handle insurance adjusters and will fight for your best interests!

Can I Receive Compensation for My Accident? 

Traffic during the holiday months is notoriously awful. The increased number of cars and angry drivers is the perfect recipe for a vehicle accident.

Some of the most common accident cases our law firm sees during the holidays include:

Rear-End Accidents

During the holidays, the high volume of vehicles on the roads leaves little space for drivers. What’s more, the congested roadways and long delays often cause drivers to succumb to road rage and make reckless decisions like tailgating. This leads to more rear-end accidents, which can cause serious injuries and even fatalities.

Drowsy Driving Accidents

In an attempt to avoid the traffic, many motorists drive in the early morning hours or extremely late in the evening. While this may help them avoid the height of the holiday traffic, it presents another serious issue: drowsy driving. 

Drivers who choose to operate a motor vehicle with little sleep are not only a danger to themselves but to everyone around them.

Drunk Driving Accidents

The amount of drunk driving accidents skyrockets during the holiday season. Unfortunately, many people get into the holiday spirit and choose to drink without planning a safe way back home. Driving while intoxicated is never a safe decision and is a leading cause of fatal accidents during the holidays every year. 

If you were hurt in one of these accidents or any type of collision that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. Compensation can help cover:

Please don’t hesitate to contact our law office. We’ll evaluate your situation and help you determine if you’re owed compensation for damages. 

Harris & Graves Is Here for You This Holiday Season 

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The holidays should be a joyous time but, unfortunately, the risk of an accident is far greater. If you or a loved one was injured by a careless driver, call our office today. Suffering injuries over the holidays is difficult enough but receiving the compensation you deserve shouldn’t be. 

From the moment you call us, our South Carolina car accident attorneys will strive to make the process as simple as possible for you. Don’t wait to find out if you have a case. Call us today at 800-273-4357 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.