South Carolina consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous states in which to drive because of the high rate of accidents and fatalities. There is a traffic collision every 3.7 minutes. One person is injured every 8.7 minutes. One person is killed every 8.9 hours. One pedestrian is killed every 2.3 days. One motorcyclist is killed every 3.1 days. One bicyclist is killed every 21.5 days. Nearly 1,000 people die on South Carolina’s roadways every year.
With approximately 20 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Clawson Fargnoli, LLC are seasoned advocates for victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents. Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents can result in life altering injuries and even death. Insurance companies often attempt to obtain “low ball” settlements that do not adequately compensate accident victims for their medical bills, cost of future medical care, lost wages, future lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. This problem is compounded by high-volume, advertising law firms, who often advise clients to accept the last, best offer form the insurance company and settle their claims pre-suit. That is not how we operate at Clawson Fargnoli, LLC.
Experienced Car Accident Attorneys
Sam and Christy cut their teeth as new attorneys defending motor vehicle accident cases for a multi-state insurance defense firm that represented insureds of State Farm, Nationwide, Allstate, GEICO, USAA, Travelers, and Safe Auto. Representing at fault drivers for insurance companies afforded experience, knowledge and insight that is hard for plaintiff’s attorneys to obtain. Now Sam and Christy put their experience to work for victims in their fight for justice.
Knowledge of Insurance Law
Car accident attorneys must be well versed in not only the law that is applicable to the operation of motor vehicles, but also in the law of insurance, as the type and amount of coverage that is available for an accident directly affects the amount of the potential recovery. Sam and Christy have not only represented insureds, but also directly represented the insurance companies themselves. They are familiar with the laws governing underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, uninsured motorist (UM) coverage, personal injury protection (PIP) coverage and medical payments (MedPay) coverage. They are equally well versed in the law of negligence and bad faith claims handling practices, as it relates to auto insurers.
On average, there are 124 motorcycle accidents resulting in a fatality and hundreds more resulting inn injury in South Carolina each year. The reason for the high incidence of injury and death in motorcycle accidents is obvious – unlike occupants or cars or trucks, motorcyclists are completely exposed to the forces of an impact and at a significantly higher risk of injury or death. There are over 115,000 motorcycles registered in South Carolina. Each and every one of those motorcycle owners has the right to travel safely upon the roadways of this State. The consequences of a motorcycle accident can be severe. It is important to retain an attorney who is experienced in motorcycle accidents to maximize your recovery.
Bicycle Accidents / Pedestrian Accidents
South Carolina has consistently ranked in the top ten states nationally in per capita deaths to pedestrians and the top five states nationally in per capita deaths to pedestrians. Pedestrians and cyclists have a right to equal access to the State’s roadways. Failure of motor vehicle operators to observe state law and municipal ordinances relating to bicyclists is a leading cause of those accidents. Failure to keep a proper lookout, often combined with poor lighting on rural roadways without sidewalks, are a leading cause of pedestrian accidents. These accidents often result in life altering injury or death. It is important to retain an attorney who is experienced in bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents to maximize your recovery.
Car / Motorcycle / Bicycle / Pedestrian Accident Attorney
It is important to retain counsel who are experienced in evaluating and litigating accident cases to maximize the value of your case. If you have been the victim of a car accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident, or pedestrian accident, please contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.