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A day out enjoying a motorcycle ride can become a tragedy in an instant when another driver acts without any regard for a biker’s safety.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to hold the driver accountable and make them pay you damages for the harm they caused. First, you need to hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Charleston to handle your legal case.

Attorney Frank Hartman knows the insurance company is not simply going to give you the money after a motorcycle crash. The Hartman Law Firm, LLC is proud to represent injured motorcycle riders throughout Charleston as they seek justice and accountability for what happened. Call us today to speak with Frank and his team to begin the legal process.

Charleston County Motorcycle Accident Statistics

In 2021, there were 201 suspected motorcycle accident victims in Charleston County. Of these victims, roughly 75% of them suffered some sort of injury in the crash. 40 of these accident victims suffered serious injuries, and 11 lost their lives in a crash.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you are more likely than not to have suffered some type of injury. You are likely facing a period of rehabilitation and significant expenses that are associated with your injuries. As your motorcycle accident attorney, Frank will get to the bottom of your case and determine how much that harm is worth in compensation when someone else is to blame for the accident.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Charleston

These days, drivers either do not know how to share the road with a motorcyclist, or they have no desire to do so. Given the size disparity between a car and a motorcycle, drivers should take the appropriate amount of care because they can cause serious injuries to motorcyclists.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents in our region include:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Illegal left-hand turns
  • Excessive tailgating
  • Aggressive driving
  • Hazards on the roadway
  • Poorly designed roads
  • Defects in certain motorcycle parts
  • Drunk driving

Perhaps the most common cause of a motorcycle accident is when the driver makes an illegal left-hand turn or lane change that cuts off the biker. Here, the motorcycle may crash head-on into the side of a car.

You should never have to figure out how a motorcycle accident happened on your own. Once we form an attorney-client relationship, we will perform a complete investigation of your motorcycle accident, gathering evidence of every motorist’s actions to prove that someone else was to blame. We can then work to determine whose insurance is liable and file a claim or lawsuit against them on your behalf.

Why Choose Frank for Your Motorcycle Accident Case?

Frank is a local Charlestonian who believes in fighting the good fight for the city’s residents when insurance companies try to take advantage of them. He knows how beloved this area is for motorcyclists. Because Frank is ready, willing, and able to fight for you, he’s not afraid to take your case to trial if necessary. Insurance companies look at you differently when they see Frank across the table.

We want to put our experience delivering results to work for you. We know what’s at stake regarding your legal rights and financial future. Call us today to learn what we can do for you.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

In motor vehicle accidents, the car and its safety mechanisms protect whoever is inside.

Motorcyclists have no such protection.

Even if they wear all of the necessary safety gear, bikers will still sustain the brunt of the impact when they are struck by a car or fall to the ground. Thus, it is rare for a motorcyclist to emerge from a crash completely unscathed. Many of them will suffer serious injuries that change the course of their life.

Some of the most serious motorcycle accident injuries include:

There is no such thing as a minor motorcycle crash injury. You will always have some expenses associated with the injury, as well as an impact on your life. When you hire Frank to be your attorney, he will commit to seeking full compensation on your behalf when someone else is to blame for the accident.

How Much Your Motorcycle Accident Case Is Worth

You may be searching on the internet to see how much your case may be worth. What we can tell you is that you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to learn the exact value of the case.

Other sources will only tell you the number of potential damages after they review the specifics of your situation. You are not the same as any other motorcycle accident claimant, so you should not be paying attention to what they may have gotten in their settlement.

Your settlement or jury award should pay you for all the damages that you have suffered, both the money that came out of your pocket and the losses in your life that you have sustained. For example, the pain-free life that you led before the accident is a loss that can be quantified and could be compensated.

Perhaps the most important thing, besides proving who was to blame for the accident, is to know how much your case is worth before you approach the insurance company. We will listen to you to learn more about your situation and will work with the necessary experts to come up with an appropriate figure to seek in financial compensation. We won’t let money be left on the table.

South Carolina Motorcycle Helmet Laws

South Carolina does not require motorcyclists under the age of 21 to wear a helmet while on their bikes. In other words, unlike many other states, South Carolina does not have a universal motorcycle helmet law.

If you were not wearing a helmet at the time of an accident, you can expect that the insurance company will try to take full advantage of the fact. These efforts are even though wearing a helmet is not required by law.

Like every other time, the insurance company tries to unfairly point a finger at someone. When you hire Frank as your attorney, he will commit to defending you from their allegations. Insurers and their perceived biases toward motorcyclists should not stop you from recovering financially.

South Carolina Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

When you ride a motorcycle in South Carolina, you need to purchase insurance that meets minimum requirements.

Currently, minimum levels of coverage are as follows:

  • $25,000 in bodily injury per person
  • $50,000 in total bodily injury per accident
  • $25,000 in property damage per accident

You may need to rely on your insurance on your motorcycle if the responsible driver did not have enough coverage to pay for your injuries. Then, you would need to file a claim against your uninsured motorist coverage. Minimum coverage for this is also required by law in South Carolina.

Contact a Charleston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC knows there is a lot at stake when a motorcyclist is severely injured. Frank is standing by and ready to go to work on your behalf if you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident. He can start representing you immediately and gather the crash and medical evidence that is key to your case.

The first step is still yours to take. You need to reach out to us online or call us today at 843.300.7600 to talk to Frank during your free initial consultation.

He will take the time to listen to you and explain both the law and the legal process. Once you hire Frank for your case, you should know that you have a tough and determined advocate who will do everything in his power to get justice for you.

Motorcycle Accident Case FAQs

How much does a motorcycle accident lawyer cost?

The simple answer to this question is nothing unless you win your case and nothing up until that point. You do not need to pay a lawyer out of your pocket because they work for you on a contingency basis.

Will my motorcycle injury case go to trial?

The vast majority of personal injury cases like these will never see the inside of a courtroom.

There is a high chance that you will receive a settlement for your motorcycle accident injuries.

However, a settlement alone is not a victory in itself. You need to ensure that you obtain the highest possible amount of compensation.

Are insurance companies biased against motorcyclists?

Insurers may think riders are reckless. The truth is that insurance companies are biased against anyone they may think will cost them money. Because they know that motorcycle accident settlements tend to be larger, they will do everything in their power to get you to settle for less.

Motorcycle accident victims need an experienced attorney to defend them from any allegations of fault that would limit that compensation.

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