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Motorcycle accident lawyer in Orangeburg SC

Motorcycle Accidents

While motorcycles can be a fun and efficient way to travel, they unfortunately also pose a greater risk for severe injuries than passenger vehicles when involved in accidents. Without the protection that traditional passenger vehicles provide, motorcyclists can suffer serious and life-threatening injuries in crashes.

Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers on the road. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle crash that was caused by a careless or reckless driver, you deserve to know about your right to compensation.

The Orangeburg motorcycle accident attorneys of Wilson Law Group, LLC, will investigate your crash, identify all the liable parties, and demand full compensation for your injuries. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us by calling (803) 219-4859 today.

Compensation for Motorcycle Accidents

As with all personal injury cases, compensation in motorcycle accidents generally falls into several categories, including:

  • Medical expenses: This includes your existing medical bills (hospital bills, surgeries, doctor’s visits, physical therapy) along with future medical bills you will continue to incur in your recovery. Medical expenses can also include special equipment or home renovations you need to accommodate any disabilities you’ve suffered from your injuries.
  • Lost wages: This includes the income you’ve lost due to work you’ve already missed, along with work you will miss in the future as you continue to recover. If you are unable to return to work, or if you return to work at a lower rate of pay, this also includes the difference in income.
  • Pain and suffering: This will compensate you for the physical and mental pain you’ve endured due to your injuries, as well as for any permanent disfigurement you’ve suffered, along with the loss of the enjoyment of activities you used to do before your accident.
  • Loss of consortium: This compensates your immediate family – typically spouse and children – for the loss of your companionship and services to the family.
  • Wrongful death: If a person is killed in a motorcycle accident, the victim’s family may be entitled to claim damages suffered as a result of this tragic loss of life.

Steps to Take Immediately After a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle Crash Lawyers OrangeburgBeing involved in a motorcycle accident is a frightening experience. Even if you have been riding motorcycles for years, you may not be sure what to do if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident. Some of the steps you should immediately take after being in a motorcycle accident include:

  • Don’t leave the scene: You should never leave the scene of an accident. In most cases, doing so may be illegal. If possible, take photographs of the accident scene as well, especially if vehicles are still in their original positions after the accident.
  • Call the police: It is also best to report your motorcycle accident to the authorities. A police report may be crucial later for determining who was at fault for the accident.
  • Exchange information: Take down the name, phone number, address, and insurance information of other drivers involved in the accident. Also, try to get the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
  • Seek medical attention: Get medical attention as soon as possible following your accident. If you put off seeing a doctor, insurance companies and defense attorneys may try to claim that you were not seriously injured in your accident or that any injuries you claim were not caused by the accident.
  • Avoid making admissions or accusations of fault: If you contact your insurance company, you need to give them the facts of the accident. If another insurance company contacts you, you can politely refuse to speak to them. If you have a lawyer, you can request that the insurance company speak with your attorney instead.
  • Contact an attorney: Having an experienced Orangeburg personal injury attorney to represent you will allow you to focus on your recovery while your attorney fights for the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Time Limit for Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim in South Carolina

In South Carolina, you generally have three years – but sometimes shorter than three years -from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, it’s important that you act promptly if you believe you are legally eligible for compensation.

Motorcycle accidents are often complicated cases, requiring the collection and analysis of evidence and thorough documentation of injuries. An attorney will want to begin work on your claim as soon as possible.

Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

SC Motorcycle Crash LawyersAlthough drivers are constantly encouraged to “share the road” and “look twice for motorcycles,” many do not. Some of the common causes of motorcycle crashes include:

  • Inattentive or aggressive drivers: Inattentive drivers of passenger vehicles, trucks, or buses may cause accidents with motorcycles when they fail to see them. If a driver operates their vehicle aggressively or fails to leave enough space between their vehicle and the motorcycle, a severe and possibly fatal accident could occur.
  • Driving under the influence: When a driver operates a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they are putting themselves and others at serious risk. Intoxicated drivers may fail to see motorcycles or may not be able to accurately judge distance or speed and could be held criminally and civilly liable for an accident.
  • Left-turn accidents: Right-of-way accidents and left-turn collisions are a common cause of injury and death for motorcycle riders.
  • Sudden stops: A rear-end collision involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle can be particularly hazardous for the motorcycle rider. Not only can the impact threaten the rider’s safety, but these accidents often result in the rider being thrown from the bike.
  • Inclement weather: Rain and snow can lead to accidents by reducing visibility, leaving the rider unable to see hazards or leaving other drivers on the road unable to see the motorcycle, and by reducing road traction leading to wipeouts. High winds can also make it difficult for riders to control the vehicle.
  • Poor road conditions: In addition to slick roads, motorcycle accidents can be caused by other poor road conditions such as uneven surfaces (especially railroad tracks), potholes, or sharp debris in the road that can cause tire punctures and blowouts. 

How Our Law Firm Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Orangeburg motorcycle accident, you need an experienced motorcycle accident law firm that can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your accident, compiling evidence to determine who was at fault. We’ll also collect all your medical bills, repair invoices, and track your missed work to ensure that we are demanding full compensation for your losses. We’ll negotiate with the insurance companies and, if necessary, take your case to trial.

Let us do the work of pursuing your claim so that you can focus on your recovery and your family. Contact the Motorbike Traffic collision Personal injury lawyer in Orangeburg of Wilson Law Group, LLC, at (803) 219-4859 for a free consultation on your case.

 

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

How long do Personal Injury Cases take?

It generally takes one year from the date a lawsuit is filed for that case to be called to trial.

Insurance companies often try to delay the process, resulting in cases not being called to trial for 18-24 months. Fortunately, most accident cases settle short of trial.

Are there limitations for a settlement claim in South Carolina?

South Carolina has set limitations on the settlement amounts for personal injury claims. Punitive damages may not exceed three times the amount of compensatory damages or $500 000.

Certain circumstances such as a felony conviction, the cap is four times compensatory damages or $2 million.

Is South Carolina a fault state?

South Carolina uses a fault based system for dealing with accidents.

In South Carolina with the fault scheme, the person at fault is the only one who is responsible, and an innocent driver’s insurance company does not necessarily need to be brought into the case.

Is South Carolina a Tort State?

South Carolina is a tort liability state, which means the not-at-fault person can pursue a claim against the at-fault party.

South Carolina is also comparative negligence, which means you can be barred from collecting for the percentage you contributed to the accident.

What is the statute of limitations in South Carolina?

You have three years to file a complaint for damages from a car accident, whether those damages stem from personal injury or damage to property.

If there is any kind of government or municipality involved, for example the collision was with an on duty police officer driving his police provided vehicle, then the statute of limitations is much shorter and you need to file specific papers to give the municipality notice.