If you have been hurt in a Lancaster car accident, you are likely to find yourself coping with more than physical injuries and a damaged vehicle. The financial stress of medical expenses and missed paychecks weighs heavy on crash victims during a time when your focus should be on your health. Let our dedicated South Carolina car accident lawyer take that burden off you. Contact our Lancaster car accident lawyer today.

At David Blackwell Law, our skilled car accident lawyer team has extensive experience successfully resolving serious car accident claims for injured victims in Lancaster, Indian Land, Heath Springs, Kershaw, and throughout the state. We are proud to stand strong for the good people in our community during their time of need, and we consider it an honor that former clients continue to recommend us to their family and friends. Clients have come to trust our law firm to:

  • Provide initial evaluation of claims ─ free of charge
  • Thoroughly investigate claims to identify all possible sources of compensation
  • Manage communication with bill collectors and insurance companies
  • Arrange transportation to and from medical appointments if necessary
  • Fiercely fight for full and fair compensation on every claim

Our Lancaster car accident law firm has earned a reputation for only accepting cases that we believe are worth fighting for. We do not charge any fees to get started on your claim. In fact, we do not collect fees unless and until we recover compensation for you.

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What Our Car Accident Clients Say About Us

Being in an auto accident is a life changing experience. Life-altering injuries, property damage, missed work, and medical bills only contribute to an already stressful situation. David Blackwell Law stood up for me and guided me through the entire process, ensuring that I received fair compensation to secure my future.

- Ralph Hotham Jr.

David Blackwell is a compassionate, hardworking lawyer who will listen to your concerns and make your needs his number one priority. … He will make sure that you are prepared for any situation, whether in a deposition, before a judge, or in a courtroom. His staff is professional, competent and helpful.

- Dana Courtney

I have known David Blackwell since I started practicing law. David takes every case personally and does everything necessary to get the best possible results for his client. He is always a strong advocate for his client and is always willing to go the extra mile.

- Van Myers, Local Attorney

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How Our Lawyers Help Car Accident Victims

Are you a victim of Car crash? Discuss your case with our Auto accident attorney Lancaster.After a serious car accident, crash victims have a lot on their plates just struggling to cope with the fallout from their injuries. You don’t need the added burden of arguing with powerful insurance companies over the compensation you need to heal.

At David Blackwell Law, our car accident team does all the legwork to handle your car accident claim, so you can focus on what really matters ─ your health. When we take on your case, our team will:

  • Immediately launch an in-depth investigation to determine who was at fault for your accident and what sources of compensation are available. This includes reviewing your own insurance policy to identify whether you have coverage that should apply.
  • Collect all the evidence related to the crash. We will take photos, track down police accident reports, and interview any witnesses about what they may have seen. If there were traffic or surveillance cameras in the area, we will review footage to use as additional evidence.
  • Keep track of your medical records. It is crucial that you make it to all your doctor appointments and follow instructions precisely. Our team will track the progress of your treatments and maintain records to paint a picture of how severely you were injured.
  • Hire accident reconstruction professionals, independent medical experts, and life care planners to provide in-depth analysis of your case. We have a large network of specialists who are prepared to consult on your claim for compensation.
  • Shield you from aggressive insurance companies and bill collectors. We will make sure the insurance companies do not take advantage of you when you are at your most vulnerable. Our team will also contact those who are seeking payment related to the accident, such as health care providers and mechanics, to ensure they understand you have a case pending.
  • Advocate aggressively during car accident settlement negotiations. Armed with extensive evidence, we will negotiate from a position of strength to demand maximum compensation for what you’ve been put through.
  • Present strong arguments before a judge and jury. If the insurance company refuses to offer a full and fair settlement, we will not hesitate to file a car accident lawsuit in pursuit of the payment you deserve.

Although most insurance companies do not want to see a case go to a jury, it sometimes takes filing a lawsuit to show them you are not going to back down. We will let you know what to expect every step of the way in your claim, so you can make informed decisions about how you want to proceed.

Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your claim with our experienced Lancaster car accident lawyer.

Compensation in a Car Accident Claim in Lancaster

Discuss your case and get your compensation with our car accident lawyer in Lancaster.One of the first questions clients ask us is: How much is my car accident claim worth? The answer depends on many factors. Our team will thoroughly evaluate the damages you have suffered ─ and will continue to suffer ─ as a result of the crash. Based on that, we will demand compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses, including payment for hospital bills, follow-up appointments, medications, rehabilitative therapy, and assistive mobility devices
  • Property damage, including money to repair or replace your car, as well as compensation for the diminished resale value
  • Lost wages, including a reduction in your future earning capacity if you have to take a lesser paying job as a result of the crash
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering

You should know that it is impossible to determine immediately after a crash how your injuries will affect you into the future. So anyone who tells you what your case is worth (such as an insurance adjustor) right after an accident is giving you a very rough guess at best.

The circumstances of your case are unique to you, so you deserve a knowledgeable car accident attorney who can truly evaluate your injuries and how your life will be affected. Only then can you know what full and fair compensation should be.

Tips for Dealing with the Insurance Company After a Car Accident in Lancaster

Trouble in claiming insurance? Get tips from our Auto accident attorney Lancaster.After a car crash, you should report the accident to your own insurance company. However, stick to the basics: where and when it happened and who was involved. Any additional details and discussions should be handled by your attorney.

You should know that insurance adjustors are trained to make you feel comfortable in sharing details about your case. They will try to trick you into saying things that minimize the value of your claim. With that in mind, we urge our clients:

  • Do not talk to the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
  • Do not give a recorded or written statement to any insurance company.
  • Do not give an insurance company access to your medical records.
  • Do not speculate to an insurance company (or anyone) about what caused the accident.
  • Stay off social media, which insurance adjustors may be monitoring for evidence against you.
  • Refer all questions from insurance companies to your attorney.

Above all else: Do not sign anything or accept any payment from an insurance company without speaking to your lawyer. Insurance companies will try to swoop in and offer lowball settlements before you understand how much your claim is really worth. You cannot trust them to do what’s right for you. They are only concerned with their bottom line, which means paying you as little as possible.

Lancaster Car Wreck FAQsr

Wreck FAQs

What should you do after a wreck?

  1. Get to safety. If you are able to do so, get to a safe place away from danger. If you can, help others to safety. If you can safely move your vehicle out of danger, do so. Make sure everyone is okay and if anyone is not okay, get medical attention for them immediately.
  2. Seek medical attention. (Placed here on the list because it may be urgent). If you have had any injury, you should be medically examined, even if you do not think you are badly hurt. Do not try to tough it out. First of all, you want to be sure that you are okay. Second, lack of medical treatment and the documentation that it provides can hurt your case. When you are given advice by a doctor, follow it. If you are referred to another doctor, go see him. If you are prescribed medication, take it. Do not miss any doctor’s appointments, but if you must, immediately reschedule the appointment. Make sure that you understand the doctor’s notes and can read them. If you cannot read them, neither can the insurance adjuster. All this not only ensures your recovery, it helps to ensure your ability to be fairly compensated for your injuries.
  3. Call local law enforcement or 911. Call law enforcement or 911 to report the wreck. Cooperate with the police when they arrive. While you are waiting on law enforcement, do not admit fault to the other driver or anyone else at the scene of the wreck.
  4. Write down and photograph what happened. You will best remember what happened at the scene of an wreck if you write it down. What happened just before the wreck, during the wreck, and immediately after the wreck? What did you see, hear, and feel? If you have a camera or cell phone, take pictures of the wreck scene, the vehicles in the wreck, and the injuries to you and to others. You can document more or less depending upon the severity of the wreck, and if liability is obvious. (Please read further under “Documentation”)
  5. Notify your insurance company. You should notify your insurance company after an wreck. Report what happened as accurately and truthfully as you can. It is important to put your own insurance company on notice. The other driver may not be insured or may be underinsured. The other driver’s insurance company also needs to be notified. When talking to the other driver’s insurance company, give your name, your insurance information, and a brief version of what happened. When they ask for more, tell them you will get back to them after you have spoken to a personal injury lawyer.Track your injuries in a journal. Being treated fairly is really dependent on good record­ keeping practices. You must account for everything that is important in your medical treatment and recovery. Write down how you feel and what is different in your daily life because of the wreck. Keep receipts for medical bills, rental cars, and any other expenses because of the wreck. Record the time, date, weather conditions, road conditions, conversations, and any other information about the wreck. (See “Documentation”)
  6. Have medical providers to file on your health insurance. This will ensure that your bills are paid and your credit does not suffer while you wait for your case to resolve. The other driver’s insurance company generally will not pay you until your case is settled. Your healthcare provider will want to be reimbursed from what you collect; however, this amount may be less than what you would have to pay the health care provider because the health care provider may write off part of the bill. There is no guarantee that you will collect, and you do not want a bill with a medical provider hanging over your head.
  7. Go to traffic court. Sometimes, a traffic ticket issued at the scene of an wreck will be dismissed at court if you do not show up to make sure it is prosecuted. It is harder for a ticket to be dismissed if you are there. At other times, the person charged with the ticket may contest the ticket and if you are not there, it will probably not be disputed. Why is this important to you? If the driver who caused the wreck is not found guilty, it makes it easier for the driver to say the wreck was not his fault.
  8. Contact an attorney. Not all lawyers represent wreck victims. And not all lawyers who represent wreck victims handle your case personally or go to court, if necessary, to protect your interests. Find a lawyer who is qualified, deals with you directly, and is willing to try your case if that is what it takes to see that you are fairly compensated.

I was in a car wreck in South Carolina and it was not my fault. I have medical bills and I don’t have health insurance. Who pays for them?

The medical bills from the injuries you received in your South Carolina car wreck should be paid from any settlement recovery you receive when you settle your car wreck case. If you have health insurance, you should submit all of your medical bills to your own health insurance company so that they can pay these bills and so that these bills do not go into collections. The problem, of course, is if you do not have health insurance. In this case, you will need to make some payment of these medical bills until your case settles and then your bills can be paid from the settlement.

You should also contact your own insurance company and ask if you have Medical Payments or Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. If you do, then you should submit your bills to your car insurance company so that these bills can be paid. Your South Carolina car wreck lawyer can help you figure out a payment plan with your medical providers that will best suit your ability to pay.

Who will handle my car wreck case?

You will work directly with your lawyer who is assisted by a qualified paralegal and other professionals. Your attorney, not a paralegal, will negotiate your car wreck case with the insurance company. If you and your attorney, together, agree a lawsuit is required in your case, your lawyer will be by your side to advise you of each decision. David Blackwell Law is committed to promptly answering any questions which may arise.

How will I be able to afford a lawyer?

Being in an automobile wreck can be a huge financial burden. Because of this, David Blackwell Law works on a contingency fee basis. This simply means that you will only have to pay us if you are awarded money through a settlement or a trial. Also, we are reimbursed for any out of pocket expenses that we incur until your case is settled or tried.

Can I settle my South Carolina car wreck claim without a lawyer?

You may not need a lawyer, but it does not hurt to discuss your case with a lawyer. For cases that only involve minor property damage, it is unlikely that a personal injury lawyer can offer much assistance. In more serious cases, it is much more likely that a good personal injury lawyer can assist you.

I would always recommend that you consult with a lawyer, and I can say with certainty that you should have a lawyer review your case under the following circumstances:

  • The other driver was intoxicated
  • Bones were fractured;
  • Medical bills and lost wages together exceed $5,000;
  • Pre­existing medical conditions are aggravated by the wreck;
  • The at ­fault driver does not have insurance or enough insurance;
  • Tractor trailer wreck;
  • Medical liens are filed by your health insurer.
  • The basic information that you need to share when you speak with a lawyer should answer the following questions:
    • When was the wreck?
    • Where was the wreck?
    • How did the wreck happen?
    • Did the police come to the wreck and issue any tickets?
    • Were you or was anyone else hurt or what were the injuries?
    • What kind of medical treatment have you received?
    • What damage was done to your vehicle?
    • Do you have insurance?
    • Does the other driver have insurance?

Who should I trust to tell me if my settlement is fair?

You certainly do not want to rely on anyone from the insurance company, including the insurance adjuster and your insurance agent. Their job is to minimize your claim. They will not want to pay you a large amount of money because they are working for the insurance company, not you. Your doctor is probably someone that you can trust to properly treat you for your injuries, but he has no idea of what your car wreck claim is worth.

You need to find an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you with your case. You should do your homework and make sure that the lawyer that you select handles the type of case that you have, will handle your case personally, and will try your case if it goes to court. The lawyer should be able to answer your questions and make you feel comfortable that your claim will be properly presented to the insurance company.

Will my case go to trial?

Most car wreck cases are settle without a lawsuit being filed. There are a variety of factors that will determine what is best for you. However, the decision to file a lawsuit or to settle remains with you, guided by our advice. In those cases in which a lawsuit is filed, the vast majority are settled before trial. Only a very small percentage of cases actually require a trial.

The insurance adjuster wants to talk to me about my claim. What should I do?

Insurance adjusters who are assigned to your case may want to talk to you about your car wreck claim. While most will be very friendly and personable, you should know that ultimately, their goal is to get you to settle for a low amount and to settle as quickly as possible. This is why you should seek legal advice from a South Carolina car wreck lawyer. A lawyer understands the tactics that an insurance adjuster may use in order to work in their best interests rather than yours, including getting you to say something that could be used against you.

You do not have to avoid speaking with an insurance adjuster, just be cautious about what you share. Keep the conversations to a minimum, sticking only to the basic facts about your car wreck claim. Do not offer more information than is necessary.

How long will my case take to settle?

When your case ultimately settles depends upon several factors. The most important factor is not until you are fully recovered medically. Only when your doctor releases you can you begin to settle your case.

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You deserve a Lancaster  car accident attorney who truly cares about you and your future after a car accident. At David Blackwell Law, we treat our clients with the respect and compassion that they deserve during what may be the most difficult time in their lives. We want you to feel comfortable talking to us and confident in our strategy for your case. So our door is always open to answer your questions or discuss new developments.

Schedule a free consultation with our top-notch legal team today, and let us get to work on your Lancaster car accident claim.

Featured Car Wreck FAQs

Featured Car Accident FAQs

What should you do after a wreck?

  1. Get to safety. If you are able to do so, get to a safe place away from danger. If you can, help others to safety. If you can safely move your vehicle out of danger, do so. Make sure everyone is okay and if anyone is not okay, get medical attention for them immediately.
  2. Seek medical attention. (Placed here on the list because it may be urgent). If you have had any injury, you should be medically examined, even if you do not think you are badly hurt. Do not try to tough it out. First of all, you want to be sure that you are okay. Second, lack of medical treatment and the documentation that it provides can hurt your case. When you are given advice by a doctor, follow it. If you are referred to another doctor, go see him. If you are prescribed medication, take it. Do not miss any doctor’s appointments, but if you must, immediately reschedule the appointment. Make sure that you understand the doctor’s notes and can read them. If you cannot read them, neither can the insurance adjuster. All this not only ensures your recovery, it helps to ensure your ability to be fairly compensated for your injuries.
  3. Call local law enforcement or 911. Call law enforcement or 911 to report the wreck. Cooperate with the police when they arrive. While you are waiting on law enforcement, do not admit fault to the other driver or anyone else at the scene of the wreck.
  4. Write down and photograph what happened. You will best remember what happened at the scene of an wreck if you write it down. What happened just before the wreck, during the wreck, and immediately after the wreck? What did you see, hear, and feel? If you have a camera or cell phone, take pictures of the wreck scene, the vehicles in the wreck, and the injuries to you and to others. You can document more or less depending upon the severity of the wreck, and if liability is obvious. (Please read further under “Documentation”)
  5. Notify your insurance company. You should notify your insurance company after an wreck. Report what happened as accurately and truthfully as you can. It is important to put your own insurance company on notice. The other driver may not be insured or may be underinsured. The other driver’s insurance company also needs to be notified. When talking to the other driver’s insurance company, give your name, your insurance information, and a brief version of what happened. When they ask for more, tell them you will get back to them after you have spoken to a personal injury lawyer.Track your injuries in a journal. Being treated fairly is really dependent on good record­ keeping practices. You must account for everything that is important in your medical treatment and recovery. Write down how you feel and what is different in your daily life because of the wreck. Keep receipts for medical bills, rental cars, and any other expenses because of the wreck. Record the time, date, weather conditions, road conditions, conversations, and any other information about the wreck. (See “Documentation”)
  6. Have medical providers to file on your health insurance. This will ensure that your bills are paid and your credit does not suffer while you wait for your case to resolve. The other driver’s insurance company generally will not pay you until your case is settled. Your healthcare provider will want to be reimbursed from what you collect; however, this amount may be less than what you would have to pay the health care provider because the health care provider may write off part of the bill. There is no guarantee that you will collect, and you do not want a bill with a medical provider hanging over your head.
  7. Go to traffic court. Sometimes, a traffic ticket issued at the scene of an wreck will be dismissed at court if you do not show up to make sure it is prosecuted. It is harder for a ticket to be dismissed if you are there. At other times, the person charged with the ticket may contest the ticket and if you are not there, it will probably not be disputed. Why is this important to you? If the driver who caused the wreck is not found guilty, it makes it easier for the driver to say the wreck was not his fault.
  8. Contact an attorney. Not all lawyers represent wreck victims. And not all lawyers who represent wreck victims handle your case personally or go to court, if necessary, to protect your interests. Find a lawyer who is qualified, deals with you directly, and is willing to try your case if that is what it takes to see that you are fairly compensated.

I was in a car wreck in South Carolina and it was not my fault. I have medical bills and I don’t have health insurance. Who pays for them?

The medical bills from the injuries you received in your South Carolina car wreck should be paid from any settlement recovery you receive when you settle your car wreck case. If you have health insurance, you should submit all of your medical bills to your own health insurance company so that they can pay these bills and so that these bills do not go into collections. The problem, of course, is if you do not have health insurance. In this case, you will need to make some payment of these medical bills until your case settles and then your bills can be paid from the settlement.

You should also contact your own insurance company and ask if you have Medical Payments or Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. If you do, then you should submit your bills to your car insurance company so that these bills can be paid. Your South Carolina car wreck lawyer can help you figure out a payment plan with your medical providers that will best suit your ability to pay.

Who will handle my car wreck case?

You will work directly with your lawyer who is assisted by a qualified paralegal and other professionals. Your attorney, not a paralegal, will negotiate your car wreck case with the insurance company. If you and your attorney, together, agree a lawsuit is required in your case, your lawyer will be by your side to advise you of each decision. David Blackwell Law is committed to promptly answering any questions which may arise.

Can I settle my South Carolina car wreck claim without a lawyer?

You may not need a lawyer, but it does not hurt to discuss your case with a lawyer. For cases that only involve minor property damage, it is unlikely that a personal injury lawyer can offer much assistance. In more serious cases, it is much more likely that a good personal injury lawyer can assist you.

I would always recommend that you consult with a lawyer, and I can say with certainty that you should have a lawyer review your case under the following circumstances:

  • The other driver was intoxicated
  • Bones were fractured;
  • Medical bills and lost wages together exceed $5,000;
  • Pre­existing medical conditions are aggravated by the wreck;
  • The at ­fault driver does not have insurance or enough insurance;
  • Tractor trailer wreck;
  • Medical liens are filed by your health insurer.
  • The basic information that you need to share when you speak with a lawyer should answer the following questions:
    • When was the wreck?
    • Where was the wreck?
    • How did the wreck happen?
    • Did the police come to the wreck and issue any tickets?
    • Were you or was anyone else hurt or what were the injuries?
    • What kind of medical treatment have you received?
    • What damage was done to your vehicle?
    • Do you have insurance?
    • Does the other driver have insurance?

How long will my case take to settle?

When your case ultimately settles depends upon several factors. The most important factor is not until you are fully recovered medically. Only when your doctor releases you can you begin to settle your case.