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Whalen Montalvo

Five Forks Car Accident Lawyer

Car accidents caused by negligence are typically preventable events. All road users owe a duty of care to those around them.

Time spent behind the wheel should be one of the hands on the wheel and a focus on the road. Far too many drivers become too comfortable with taking risks that place others in harm’s way.

If you or a close loved one suffered life-altering injuries due to a negligent driver, a Five Forks car accident lawyer may be able to help you. Your damages are unfair and worthy of a closer look and possible pursuit of compensation.

Five Forks Car Accidents

There is no room for negligence behind the wheel.

The second a driver loses control, your life changes. Drunk, distracted, aggressive — even drowsy — drivers travel along South Carolina roads and city streets daily. There is no way to predict if or when an accident will happen to you.

Once a crash occurs, the results are generally devastating. Five Forks car accident victims find themselves dealing with:

  • Physical pain: Bone fractures, internal bleeding, or other severe injuries
  • Emotional trauma: Anxiety and depression regarding a catastrophic injury such as a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury
  • Psychological: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting in reoccurring nightmares, avoiding driving, or angry outbursts
  • Financial burdens: Massive medical bills and lost wages result in many sleepless nights for car accident victims.

South Carolina law protects a victim’s right to pursue compensation for their damages when negligence occurs. This is true even if the liable party faces criminal charges for their actions.

A Five Forks car accident lawyer provides the legal support to pursue justice. Contacting a lawyer soon after your accident is vital to a civil claim or lawsuit.

Why Choose Us for Your Five Forks Civil Case

Your car accident case deserves a dedicated and determined lawyer.

Five Forks car accident victims needing a personal injury lawyer need look no further than Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law. James Whalen and Eric Montalvo have the experience, skills, and caring hearts that accident victims need.

Attorney James Whalen is a South Carolina native. Upon completing his education at the University of South Carolina School of Law, he gained experience at the federal court level. His work also included a grant involving the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

His extensive work with driving under the influence (DUI) cases is just part of the skills he brings to car accident cases. No matter the type of negligence involved, James fights for accountability, justice, and compensation on behalf of his clients.

Attorney Eric Montalvo also brings dedication and commitment to each client’s case. Like James, Eric is a University of South Carolina School of Law graduate. Other noteworthy experience includes a graduate degree from Boston University and service to our country as a United States Marine. Eric’s military career involved extensive time as a military trial counsel and senior prosecutor. These and other skills help Eric assist car accident victims during their time of need.

The lawyer you choose for your car accident case is a critical decision. Learn firsthand how James Whalen or Eric Montalvo can help you by scheduling a free consultation today.

How We Help Five Forks Car Accident Victims

Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law protect your best interests.

A traumatic car accident leaves victims in a vulnerable state. Painful injuries and stress are not favorable conditions for making critical financial decisions. Insurance companies know this; many try to get victims to accept initial settlement offers. At Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law, we protect accident victims by guiding them through the civil process.

We help Five Forks car accident victims by:

  • Treating victims with care and compassion
  • Investigating your accident and identifying liability
  • Examining evidence that helps prove negligence
  • Calculating your economic and non-economic damages
  • Reviewing initial settlement offers
  • Negotiating for what you deserve
  • Preparing for a possible trial.

As car accident attorneys, we apply our experience to your case. We know that most accident victims face a long road to recovery and that some must deal with a permanent injury.

Your initial damages are, sadly, just the beginning of your new life journey. Get the help you need now to protect your future needs. A free consultation is an informative session for learning more about how we can help you during this challenging time.

You waive your right to a lawsuit when you accept an initial settlement offer without a lawyer. Disappoint insurance companies by rejecting an initial offer and contacting Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law instead.

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Five Forks Car Accident FAQs

Questions are common following a traumatic car accident.

After an initial question about what happened, questions about your next steps immediately follow. A Five Forks car accident lawyer answers frequently asked questions asked by victims of negligent drivers:

Q: Do I need a lawyer for my Five Forks car accident case? 

A: Is hiring a lawyer required? No. However, do you need a lawyer? Yes. Managing your civil case alone is a daunting task. Your rest is paramount to your recovery. A Five Forks car accident lawyer applies their experience and knowledge of state civil laws to fight for compensation on your behalf.

Q: How long does a civil case take?

A: The time it takes to resolve your case depends upon various factors. Details such as your specific damages and whether your case goes to trial determine the timeline. It is vital that you contact a Five Forks car accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn if you have a case.

Q: What amount of compensation is possible?

A: Compensation for your damages depends upon a successful settlement negotiation or success at trial. The amount of compensation also depends upon your specific damages. While never guaranteed, fighting for what you deserve is better than settling for anything less.

Q: What is the statute of limitations, and why does it matter?

A: The statute of limitations is a state law that imposes a time frame for filing civil lawsuits. The South Carolina statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years from the date of injury. Victims are generally left with no other legal options if the statute of limitations expires.

Q: Does South Carolina civil law address fatal accidents?

A: Yes. A Five Forks wrongful death lawyer can determine if you have grounds for a civil case. Wrongful death law is emotional for families and complex for those unfamiliar with state law. If you lost a close loved one, focus on your grief and leave your case to an experienced lawyer.

A Five Forks car accident attorney understands that victims typically feel lost and confused following a crash. A free consultation allows you to learn more about the civil process and if you have a case. Get answers to your questions by scheduling your free consultation today.

Five Forks Car Accident Lawyer

Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law: Your needs come first.

A Five Forks car accident can happen to anyone at any time. If you or a close loved one was a victim of a dangerous driver, we want to help you.

Accident victims should not carry the burden of a legal case alone. Personal injury and wrongful death law is what we do. From the moment we take your case, we fight for the best outcome possible.

Discover whether you have a civil case by scheduling a free consultation with Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law today. Call (864) 770-7710.

James M. Whalen

I grew up right here in Greenville, South Carolina. Following highschool, I attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where I was an NCAA Scholar-Athlete for the Rhodes Lynx soccer program.

I completed my law degree at University of South Carolina School of Law, where I was on the mock trial team and an editor for the Journal of Law and Education. Following graduation, I served as a judicial law clerk for Senior Judge Robert H. Hodges, Jr. on the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. My experience in D.C. trial courts solidified my desire to become a trial lawyer.
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