Frequently Asked Questions for Our Greenville, SC Car Accident Lawyers

FAQsIf you have never dealt with a car accident before, you may be confused about the steps you should take next as well as your legal rights and your options for seeking relief.

The lawyers of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., have compiled several frequently asked questions (FAQs) we receive from Upstate South Carolina car crash victims.

To discuss the specific facts and legal issues involved in your case, please call or contact us online today. We can provide a free consultation and discuss your rights and options.

Car Accidents

I have car insurance and I have filed a claim for the accident I was in. Shouldn’t that take care of everything? Why do I need a lawyer?

In the best-case scenario, the insurance company will pay the total amount allowed by either your insurance policy or the liability coverage of the driver who hit you. But the insurance company will not be concerned about whether all of your expenses are met. That’s what your lawyer will do. Continue reading

I have been out of work since my car accident because of my injuries. Will a legal claim cover my bills?

Each claim is unique. However, we would work towards obtaining a settlement that covers your property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Our objective is to ensure that all losses associated with your car accident are taken care of. Continue reading

What if I was partially at fault for my car wreck? How will this affect the amount of my claim settlement?

Any negligence on your part that contributed to your car accident will be considered. It could be held against you in a legal claim. Your attorney would work hard to minimize its effect on your claim. Continue reading

The insurance adjuster says my car is totaled, but I didn’t think it was that badly damaged. Do I have to accept their check instead of getting my car repaired? Do I have to go along with the amount they are offering?

When an insurance adjuster declares a car “totaled,” this means the insurer has decided it will cost them more to repair the car for you than they could make by paying you off and selling your car for scrap. Like anything an insurer tells you after an accident, you have a right to question a declaration that your car is totaled. Continue reading

I don’t have money to hire a lawyer. Can you wait for me to pay you later?

Yes, we can wait to be paid for the legal services we provide in your car accident case. In fact, that’s the way we prefer to work. Continue reading

Can I sue the bar that served the drunk driver who caused my accident?

If an intoxicated South Carolina bar patron is served alcohol and then gets in a drunk driving accident, the driver as well as the establishment that served him or her may be the target of a lawsuit by anyone the driver injured. Continue reading

If a driver was texting when he hit my car, can that driver be held responsible?

South Carolina is one of the few states without a statewide ban on texting while driving. However, at least one city, Greenville, has banned the use of cell phones while driving by a local ordinance. In any event, evidence that shows a driver was texting or calling at the time of an automobile accident may still be used to establish fault. Continue reading

What should I do if the driver who injured me in an auto accident didn’t have insurance?

If you are injured by a driver who does not have insurance, you may be able to turn to your own insurance policy to cover your losses. Continue reading

If I don’t think I have any serious injury right after a car accident, should I still go to the doctor?

It is important for your health, and also your case, that you get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible after your auto accident. Continue reading

If I was working when I was in a car accident, can I collect workers’ compensation and still sue the driver who injured me?

Those who sustain on-the-job injuries cannot sue their employer. Instead, they are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, in some cases, you may be able to sue a third party whose negligence caused your injury. Continue reading

What can I recover in a car accident lawsuit?

The amount you can recover in an auto accident claim will generally depend on two factors: The amount of harm you have suffered and the amount of available insurance coverage. Continue reading

How can a lawyer help me after I have been in an auto accident?

A lawyer can put his or her skills, experience and firm resources to work for you after a car accident and play a critical role in seeking a recovery for you. Continue reading