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Getting Fair Compensation for Injuries in a DUI Accident

June 16, 2017 1:18 am

In this video, our client Craig talks about turning to McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates for help to get fair compensation for his injuries when he was in an accident with a drunk driver.

 

It won’t cost you anything to see if we can help.

If you have been injured in an accident with a drunk driver, call 888-353-5513 today to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced DUI accident attorneys. We serve clients in Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, Aiken and throughout South Carolina.




Compassionate Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

June 9, 2017 4:28 pm

Watch one of our clients talk about why she chose McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates to represent her when she needed an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer after being injured on the job.

 

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates. It won’t cost you anything to see if we can help.

If you have been injured in an accident at work, call 888-353-5513 today to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys about your case. We serve clients in Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, Aiken and throughout South Carolina.




Defective Knee Replacement Lawyers

June 1, 2017 3:45 pm

If you had knee replacement surgery in 2011 or later, you may be eligible to receive compensation for a defective knee replacement, even if your knee replacement device hasn’t failed yet. Many early knee replacement device failures are being reported, and McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates is here to help.

Call 888-353-5513 today to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced defective product attorneys about your case. We serve clients in Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, Aiken and throughout South Carolina.




Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in South Carolina

May 3, 2017 2:54 pm

Are you concerned about paying your bills and taking care of your family after a work injury? It won’t cost you anything to see if the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates can help.

Call 888-353-5513 today to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, Aiken and throughout South Carolina.




The Importance of Investigating Your Car Accident

April 25, 2017 10:39 pm

Were you recently injured in a car accident? The team at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates knows that investigating your car accident is one of the keys to recovering the compensation you need for your injuries.

If you have been injured, call the experienced attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates today at 888-353-5513 to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, Aiken and throughout South Carolina.




Motorcycle Accidents: Common Causes and What to Do Afterwards

April 6, 2017 1:12 pm

Riders relish the freedom and fun of riding their motorcycles, and the majority of them follow solid safety and responsibility practices while out on the road. Unfortunately, that does not change the fact that motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than normal passenger cars. Even the most careful riders are at risk when those with whom they share the road fail to follow proper safety precautions.

Motorcycle accidents often happen when the drivers of other vehicles fail to pay attention while maneuvering their car or truck. It feels like the collision happens with little or no warning and liability is not always immediately apparent. Consequently, when a motorcycle is involved, it is common for the rider to be blamed for being “reckless.” However, more often than not, this is not the case.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Because of the smaller vehicle size and the risks involved with riding, motorcyclists do have certain responsibilities. Most take these responsibilities very seriously. After all, they only have a couple of layers of clothing for protection should they hit the pavement. Unfortunately, those who drive passenger cars and other larger vehicles do not always do the same.

All drivers, regardless of vehicle type or size, are obligated to share the road with each other and follow the laws that are meant to keep everyone safe. Additionally, passenger cars have the responsibility of being extra vigilant in watching for motorcycles during the warmer season, as they can be difficult to see in the daytime. Most commonly, other drivers will forget to check their mirrors and blind spots before making a turn or changing lanes. However, there are numerous other ways that accidents can happen, including but not limited to:

.   The driver is distracted while driving, such as texting or talking on a cell phone

.   The driver fails to use his turn signal when changing lanes or turning

.   The driver is too tired, drunk, or influenced by drugs to safely operate the vehicle

.   The driver is simply not paying attention

What To Do After an Accident

The steps taken after a motorcycle accident can have a large impact on how the case turns out in court. Therefore, it is important to keep a few things in mind.

First and foremost, in the immediate aftermath, the safety of everyone involved should be top priority. If there are injuries, call for police and medical assistance and move everyone out of harm’s way when possible. If no one is hurt, call the police anyway, and do not let another driver try to exclude their involvement. Their presence is important for documenting the scene as it is found and taking witness statements should the case go to court. Additionally, write down the insurance, contact, and vehicle information from everyone involved. Take pictures of the damage and notes of everything that is said and everything that happens.

One of the most important things to remember immediately following an accident is to remain calm. This can be difficult, but panicking or getting angry may ultimately make matters worse. Additionally, the rider could accidentally say something that can be used to pin the blame on him even if he was not responsible for the accident. Try not to get into any arguments or physical altercations with other drivers or passengers, and do not intentionally cause additional damage to property.

Should a motorcyclist receive a call from the other driver’s insurance company at some point after the incident, it is important not to talk to them. Insurance adjusters are trained to trip up the other party. They want the rider to say something that could be used against him and allow the company to pay out as little as possible in damages.

Until the damage to the bike has been recorded, do not hurry to make any repairs. The rider may be entitled to financial compensation for such damages. Keep a detailed record of any expenses that come about as a result of the accident, such as doctor visits, rental charges, repairs to the motorcycle, and time missed from work.

When To Hire an Attorney

Claims involving minor accidents with minimal repairs often resolve quickly and without much trouble. Such cases typically are not taken to a courtroom. However, if damages total several hundred dollars or there has been a serious injury or death as a result of the collision, the process can drag on for a long time and become very stressful. In these types of situations, it is important to speak to a competent attorney who specializes in motorcycle accidents. This individual will be well versed in both local and state laws, especially the personal injury laws that are relevant to the case.

Due to limited physical protections, a motorcyclist can be hurt in any number of ways. The most common injuries include broken or fractured bones, amputation, back and neck injuries, skull fractures, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, and damage to the spinal cord. While accidents are frequently caused by the negligence of other motorists, other causes do exist – bad weather conditions, poor road maintenance, and improperly or poorly posted road signs, to name a few. The attorney will be able to determine who is responsible for the accident and present the case to the court on behalf of the rider.

McWhirter, Bellinger and Associates, P.A., handles hundreds of automobile and motorcycle wreck cases every year. Please call us anytime to find out what we can do for you.




IVC Blood Clot Filter Injuries

March 30, 2017 7:05 pm

The attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates have created the following video to help educate you about the potential injuries that may occur from using IVC blood clot filters.

If you’ve suffered an injury caused by an IVC blood clot filter, you have rights. The attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates have been helping individuals throughout South Carolina who have been injured by defective products for over 40 years, and we’ll fight aggressively to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates using the form on this page or call 888-353-5513 today to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, Aiken and throughout South Carolina.




7 Critical Steps to Take After a Car Accident

March 30, 2017 3:37 pm

No one wants to be involved in a car wreck, but every year thousands of people suffer serious injuries behind the wheel. If you have been in a wreck, it is important to take the right steps. The things you do now could mean the difference between getting the compensation you need for your injuries and property damage, and being left high and dry to recover on your own. Here are some critical steps you should take after any automobile wreck.

Step 1 – Move to a Safe Location

Safety always comes first, so it is important to move your car to a safe location and encourage the other driver to do the same. Even if the car has sustained damage, you should be able to move it to the side of the road or push it out of the lane of traffic.

If the car is immobile and cannot be moved, turn on your emergency flashers so other drivers can see the vehicle and avoid another crash. Exit the vehicle when it is safe to do so, and get out of the roadway. Do not re-enter the roadway once you are clear. Call 911 right away if one or more cars cannot be moved.

 Step 2 – See if Anyone is Hurt

Even a low-speed crash can result in serious soft-tissue injury, so do not assume that everyone is OK just because neither car was going fast.

Check yourself for injuries, ask your passengers if they are hurt, and ask the other drivers and passengers if they have been injured. If anyone has been injured, call 911 for help immediately.

Step 3 – Call for Help

If there are injuries to anyone involved in the accident, you should call for help right away. Use your cell phone to call 911, provide the exact location and wait for help to arrive.

You will also need to call the police if one or more vehicles is disabled and will need to be towed from the scene. Check the wheels, frame, and other major components for damage and call a tow truck or roadside assistance service if the vehicle appears unsafe to drive.

Step 4 – Exchange Insurance Information

You will need to exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver involved in the accident. Get your insurance card out of the glove box as soon as you can and offer it to the other driver, along with your contact information.

Ask the other driver for the same information and write down their full insurance information. You will need the name of the insurance company, the activation and expiration date of the policy, the policy number, and the full name of the covered individual. Call the police at once if the driver is unable to produce their insurance information. Be sure to write down the license plate of the vehicle first.

Step 5 – Document the Scene

If it is safe to do so, take lots of pictures. Whether you use your cell phone, or a standalone camera, you should capture images of the area where the accident happened, including documentation of the weather conditions at the time and the location of stop signs, red lights, and other traffic control devices.

Document damage to your own car and the other vehicle as well. Take long-distance overview shots that show the dents, breaks, and damage in context, then zoom in and take close-up shots of the damage itself. These pictures will be critical going forward, and they can help the insurance adjuster determine who was at fault and what transpired during the accident.

Step 6 – Get a Police Report

It is critical that you get a police report after a wreck. If the two drivers cannot agree on who was at fault or what happened, a police report is crucial.

You should also insist on a police report if one or more vehicles has sustained significant damage or if there are injuries to a driver or passenger. In many states a police report is required in such circumstances, so call for help as soon as you know there are injuries or significant damage.

Step 7 – Report the Wreck to Your Insurance Company

Have all your documentation with you when you call, including the insurance information you took down earlier and any pictures you captured at the accident scene.

Be sure to get a claim number from the representative you speak to, and instructions on how to submit the pictures and other documentation you captured. Most insurance companies allow customers to upload photos online, but you may need to set up an account before you can send the pictures.

No matter how careful you are, accidents still happen. If you are the victim of an accident, you need to take the right steps as soon as the cars stop moving. Taking the steps outlined above is the best way to protect your rights and help you get reimbursement for your medical bills, property damage, and other expenses associated with the accident.

At McWhirter, Bellinger, and Associates, P.A., we help hundreds of automobile wreck victims every year. If you have been the victim of a car wreck, call us immediately to find out how we can help you.

 




Uber Self-Driving Car Involved in an Accident

March 27, 2017 10:33 pm

Columbia car accident lawyersUber temporarily suspended their self-driving car pilot programs over the weekend after one of the vehicles was involved in a car accident while operating in self-driving mode on Friday night. The self-driving SUV flipped onto its side during the accident. Police officers at the scene indicated that the Uber vehicle did not cause the accident. In fact, the other vehicle involved in the collision received a moving violation citation.

This afternoon, Uber resumed all of their self-driving car test programs after conducting an investigation into the incident. Currently, they are testing self-driving cars in three cities across the United States.

Autonomous vehicle technology has made tremendous strides in recent years, and it’s possible that these vehicles will represent the wave of the future in terms of driving technology. If our streets eventually become populated with a large number of self-driving vehicles, it will present new challenges in terms of assigning and proving liability in the event of a car accident.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. The attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates have been fighting for the rights of car accident victims in Columbia and throughout South Carolina for over 40 years, and we’ll stand by your side every step of the way to help you through this difficult time.

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates using the form on this page or call 888-353-5513 today to schedule your free car accident consultation. We serve clients throughout South Carolina from our offices in Columbia, Lexington, Orangeburg, Sumter, Camden, Newberry and Aiken.




McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates Recovers $2.9 Million Verdict for Motorcycle Accident Victim

March 23, 2017 11:39 pm

In the following video, Pat McWhirter discusses a lucrative verdict the firm recently secured for a motorcycle accident victim.

While past verdicts and settlements won’t guarantee similar results in future cases, they do demonstrate what can potentially be achieved when you work with an experienced law firm such as McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates. With more than 40 years of experience fighting for the rights of motorcycle accident victims throughout South Carolina, our attorneys have the background necessary to help you maximize the value of your compensation.

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates using the form on this page or call 888-353-5513 today to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in Columbia, Lexington, Orangeburg, Sumter, Camden, Newberry, Aiken, and throughout South Carolina.






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