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Charleston SC Bike Accidents

Bikes are a great form of transportation. They are eco-friendly, they are a good source of physical activity, and they make it easy for you to get around traffic. But bikes can also be a major safety concern. When you ride your bike, you don’t have the protection a car offers. There is no shell around you and no safety cushioning to protect you from objects and vehicles.

If you ride in the street, you are surrounded by vehicles that weigh substantially more than yours. And because bikes are so small, you can easily get in a driver’s blind spot. If an accident occurs, you can sustain serious injuries due to the lack of protection and the fact that you are outweighed by large trucks and automobiles.

If you become injured in a Charleston, South Carolina bike accident, you deserve to be compensated. The Hopkins Law Firm will help you get the compensation you need. Read on to find out more about your rights.

Common Causes of Bike Accidents

Bike accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the most common.

Unsafe Lane Changes

It is easy for a bike to fall into a driver’s blind spot. When this occurs, a driver may try to get over without seeing the bike. They can end up driving the bicyclist off the road causing an accident.

Not Leaving Enough of a Buffer

Drivers often drive too close behind bicyclists. If the bike stops short, it can get rear-ended.

Weaving in and Out of Lanes

Bike accidents are not always the driver’s fault. If a bicyclist is weaving in and out of traffic, they increase their chances of being hit.

Turning without Looking

Bicycles can fall into a driver’s blind spot when they are trying to turn. For example, let’s say a bike is on the right side of the car. The driver wants to turn right but the bicycle is in the bike lane going straight. If the driver doesn’t see the bike, they may end up hitting it when they are making their turn.

Other Illegal Driving Practices

Because a bike is so small and unprotected, any type of illegal driving behavior will increase the risk of an accident. This includes speeding, drunk driving, driving distracted, running a red light, and more.

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Common Biking Injuries

When a bike accident occurs, the rider can be seriously injured. Here are some types of injuries they may incur.

Contusions and TBI’s

Even though most riders wear helmets, head and brain injuries are likely to occur. Some of these can be temporary and others can be long-lasting and cause ongoing headaches, irritability, confusion, and even brain damage.

Road Burn

When a bicyclist is hit, it is not uncommon for them to get dragged along the road. This can cause road burn and can lead to scarring and infection.

Broken Bones

Bicyclists who are involved in an accident are often treated for broken bones. While they are often not serious in nature, in some instances, they may require surgery and result in a limited range of motion.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can be very severe. They can cause nerve damage, herniated discs, and even paralysis.


When a rider is hit by a car, it may cause their head to snap back and then forward resulting in a condition called whiplash. Whiplash will usually go away on its own in time, but in some cases, it can cause ongoing symptoms.

Internal Bleeding

Internal bleeding may be hard to detect at first, but if left untreated, it can be deadly. Therefore, it is recommended that bicyclists seek medical aid after an accident, even if they think their injuries are not that severe.

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Finding Fault

One of a lawyer’s biggest responsibilities in a bike accident case will be determining who is at fault. This will let them know who to target for damages.

In most instances, the driver will be at fault. When a small bike goes up against a large vehicle, you would think it would be easy to establish blame.

But once you get into court, the entire story could change, and the driver may try to say the bicyclist was riding irresponsibly. That’s why it’s so important to have a good lawyer on your side.

There are also cases where the driver is not at fault. For instance, the accident may have occurred due to debris in the road. Or it may be that the car malfunctioned and ended up hitting the bike.

Under these circumstances, it could be the city or a construction company who is responsible for road obstructions. Or the car manufacturer may be to blame for a car going out of control.

The point here is that bike accident cases are often not as cut and dried as they seem. A good lawyer will target the at fault party and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Compensation for Bike Accidents

If you are injured in a bike accident, you may receive compensation for any and all of the following:

  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Medical bills
  • Funeral and burial expenses

Not all of these are easy to put a monetary value on, but your lawyer will determine an amount that’s fair.

Why Hopkins Law Firm in the Best Choice for Your Charleston, South Carolina Bike Accident

If you are involved in a Charleston, South Carolina bike accident, you want to be represented by a lawyer with your best interests in mind. Hopkins Law Firm is highly recommended.

Hopkins Law Firm has over 30 years of experience in car accident and personal injury law. They treat their clients with care and respect and will fight endlessly for fair compensation. They will provide you with the support and guidance you need to make your legal experience as stress-free as possible.

Bike accident injuries can greatly reduce quality of life. Don’t let at-fault parties get away with it. Call the Hopkins Law Firm to book a free consultation and look forward to moving on with your life.

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