Motorcycle related accidents are often caused by negligence.
If you or someone you love have been injured in motorcycle collision, contact The Hartman Law Firm, LLC for your Charleston motorcycle accident attorney. Don’t talk to anyone else until you’ve spoken with an experienced and knowledgeable motorcycle injury lawyer.
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Motorcycling is a popular recreational activity and mode of transportation for thousands of South Carolina residents. Motorcycle ownership has increased dramatically in the past few years. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, there were 1,984 people injured in motorcycle accidents, and the average hospital charge after a motorcycle accident was $78,825.
Wrecks are usually caused by another driver, not the cyclist. Because motorcycles are small, oftentimes other drivers have a hard time seeing them. That’s especially a problem where the vision of other motorists may be obscured. Motorcycle accidents typically occur during a car accident, when the two vehicles collide. Some important facts about motorcycle accidents include:
The end result of a collision between a motorcycle and a car can be devastating, and the motorcyclist usually suffers the most severe injuries and damage. A collision between a larger vehicle such as a truck or bus can be even worse due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles.
As mentioned above, motorcyclists tend to be the ones to suffer the most serious injuries when they are in a crash with another vehicle or even when they wreck on their own. Motorcycles do not have nearly as many safety protections as cars and trucks do, such as airbags or seat belts. There is no metal frame around a motorcycle to shield them from an impact with a vehicle or the ground. For this reason, motorcyclists often sustain severe impact injuries. Some of these injuries include the following:
Each of the above injuries also has many complications that must be addressed and treated. Treatment can include hospitalization, surgeries, home health care, medical equipment, rehabilitative therapy, and more, and can result in overwhelming medical bills, as well as lost income from missing work. Motorcyclists deserve to recover compensation for all of these losses and more from the party who caused the accident.
Car drivers violate motorcyclists right of passage on a daily basis. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), this happens because:
No one should ride a motorcycle without understanding the rules of the road, training to ride with skill, and wearing the appropriate safety equipment. Below are some tips for keeping yourself safe on a motorcycle.
It should be common knowledge that motorcycles come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. Motors, styles, decorations, and several add-ons give every rider the options to personalize their vehicle.
But, before purchasing any bike, a rider should choose one that fits them. They should feel comfortable with the weight and handling of the vehicle.
Another NSC statistic states that motorcycle accident deaths are four times more likely on a “supersport bike” than standard models.
Marlon Brando depicted a classic biker gang leader in the Wild Bunch. His signature look has been captured time and again by passionate motorcyclists.
However, unlike movie accidents, where the stuntman gets back up, a real life motorcycle collision is often deadly. One of the most common injuries in any bike wreck is severe head trauma.
Wearing a Department of Transportation approved motorcycle helmet can mean the difference between staying alive, or becoming a fatal statistic.
It may seem cool to leave the bar with your “MC” after a few drinks and go for a ride. However, numbers show that more than 40 percent of motorcycle riders who die in single-vehicle crashes are alcohol-impaired.
One of the most common variables in a motorcycle accident is speed. Riders talk about the rush of going fast on the open road.
Speeding can make it more difficult to control your bike, not to mention making your movements more unpredictable to other motorists. Ask yourself: “Is the rush worth my funeral?”
It should make sense that knowing the laws about riding a motorcycle is good practice. But, there’s more than just legal rules when it comes to riding a bike.
Learn about the best practices for riding safely, driving defensively, and being considerate of other motorists.
One report about South Carolina motorcycle accidents states that bikers blame poor road conditions for many of the collisions. A car may be able to go over a pothole and maintain course. But, when a bike in motion hits one, it’s difficult to stay in control.
Learn to scan the road ahead for any potential safety conditions. This can include potholes, puddles, oil slicks, and other similar issues.
The costs of any injury can be devastating. If you were injured while riding your bike because of the actions of someone else, you need to get legal representation as soon as possible.
Your attorney will tell you what you should and shouldn’t say to the insurance adjuster. He will also discuss your strategy for getting the settlement you deserve.
One of the major issues that can result in a crash between a motorcycle and a larger vehicle is that the driver simply was not aware that the motorcyclist was there. Because of the relatively small size of a motorcycle, drivers who are used to watching for full-sized vehicles may not pay close enough attention to notice a motorcyclist before they try to turn or change lanes.
Motorcyclists can take steps to make themselves as conspicuous to drivers as possible. Consider taking the following steps to keep yourself safe:
If you are being safe and a driver still fails to notice you and causes you injuries, you deserve to hold that driver accountable for every penny of your losses.
While motorcyclists cannot control the actions of others on the road, they can ensure that they follow certain safety guidelines to increase the chances of arriving to their destination alive and well. The following are only a few important safety tips for motorcyclists to remember:
Another very important key to staying safe is to know when it is appropriate to take your car instead of your motorcycle. When the weather conditions are less than ideal and a storm may be coming, it is always a safer bet to take you car. In addition, even when the weather is perfect, you should never take your motorcycle if you are running late. While a bike’s agility may get you there faster, you may also put yourself at risk by driving faster than you usually would or making risky maneuvers that may result in a crash.
Another important way for motorcyclists to stay safe is to be aware of all of the South Carolina laws that apply to owning or riding a motorcycle and ensure you are always in compliance with them. The following are brief descriptions of some laws regarding SC motorcyclists:
In many cases, drivers are at fault for causing a motorcycle collision. However, motorcyclists can be involved in a wreck that does not involve any other vehicles. These may be caused by dangerous roadways or malfunctioning motorcycle parts. Therefore, liability in an accident is not always clear just because there was another driver involved.
An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will know how to evaluate your case and determine whether someone was negligent and caused your accident so that you can file a claim against that party. Some examples of negligence that can lead to motorcycle crashes include:
Proving negligence is necessary to recover from an insurance company or in a personal injury claim in civil court. A skilled attorney will have the resources needed to investigate the circumstances of your motorcycle crash to collect evidence that someone else was at fault.
If you can prove negligence, you can seek compensation for any damages that you can prove, which can include both tangible and intangible losses. Some damages commonly recovered in a motorcycle wreck case include:
It’s important to know what steps to take should a motorcycle accident occur. Those include notifying your insurance company and contacting an attorney knowledgeable about motorcycle laws. Insurance companies are especially cautious with motorcycle-related claims, and the insurance difficulties that normally face automobile drivers are magnified for bikers. The Hartman Law Firm, LLC knows insurance company defense tactics. We also know how to present your case to maximize your recovery for your injuries.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another motorist, Hartman Law Firm, L.L.C. has the experience and the compassion to help you. To learn more about our impressive credentials, please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation at 843-300-7600.
At Hartman Law Firm, LLC, understands the risks that motorcyclists take and are committed to helping motorcyclists in South Carolina remain safe and healthy. In the event that a crash does occur, we are on your side to make sure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. We will assist with any insurance claims and lawsuits that may be necessary to help you recover. Please contact our firm at 843-300-7600 to discuss how we can help you after a motorcycle accident.
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