Helping Charleston Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycles are a preferred mode of transportation for many people. They are an eco-friendly option, and they are associated with feelings of power and freedom.
But riding motorcycles can also be quite dangerous. Their small size makes them difficult for cars to see. They offer little protection to passengers so the impact of a collision can result in serious injuries and even death.
If you were injured in a Charleston, South Carolina motorcycle accident because of someone else’s actions, you deserve compensation. The team at Hopkins Law Firm will see to it that you are covered for damages including lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
Read on to find out more about your rights in a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle Accident Stats
The danger involved when riding a motorcycle makes accidents quite common, especially in a busy city like Charleston. In 2017, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration reported 145 motorcycle related fatalities in the state of South Carolina alone.
Further statistics reveal that motorcycle fatalities are 28 more likely to occur than fatalities in other vehicles.
Motorcycle accidents most commonly occur at night. In South Carolina, approximately 27% of daily accidents occur between 6 and 9 PM while 33% occur between 9 and midnight. Cloudy conditions also contribute to the risk of collisions.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists involved in accidents rarely walk away unscathed. In fact, it is likely that injuries can occur that can change the rider’s life forever, and not for the better. Here are some that are commonly sustained.
- Broken bones
- Road burn
- Traumatic Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
What are the South Carolina Motorcycle Laws?
Here are the rules and regulations that pertain to South Carolina motorists.
The State of South Carolina requires that only riders 20 and younger wear helmets. However, according to research, if all riders wore helmets, the state’s death rate would drop by as much as 42%.
To get a motorcycle license in South Carolina, riders must take a written and vision test as well as a safety or roads skill test that is taken on a closed course at speeds of up to 15 miles an hour. The fact that the state does not have higher requirements means that many motorcyclists start riding when they are not fully prepared to take on the dangers of the road.
Can a Motorcyclist Defend Themselves in an Accident?
In some cases, a motorcyclist may choose not to get a lawyer. Instead, they will work things out through the parties’ insurance companies.
If the accident did not result in considerable damage, this may be the way to go. But if a lot of money is on the line, it is best to consult a lawyer.
Most insurance companies have a common goal in mind; to settle a case paying out as little money as possible. Here are some arguments they may try and make during litigation:
If a driver convinces a jury that the accident was not caused by his or her negligent actions, they may not have to pay damages.
The driver may also convince the jury that he or she was not fully responsible for the accident. They may claim that the accident was partially the motorcyclist’s fault. If it is found that the motorcyclist is 51% or more at fault, he or she will not recover damages.
Sometimes motorcycle accidents may occur due to faulty manufacturing of the vehicle. Or injuries may happen because the helmet did not do its job. In these instances, the motorcyclist may sue the motorcycle or helmet manufacturer. If the company convinces the jury there was no defect, they may get off scot free.
An insurance company may be able to get out of paying full compensation by claiming their driver was not fully responsible for injuries and/or property damage.
At Hopkins Law Firm, we are prepared for any excuse an insurance company throws our way. We will provide documented evidence to ensure our clients get the total amount they deserve.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may require ongoing medical care, you may be unable to work and you may experience emotional pain and suffering. Here are some of the damages you may be compensated for.
These include wages lost for time taken off work for recovery. They may also cover diminished income due to no longer being able to return to work at all or due to having to take a lower paying job because injuries make it difficult for the victim to fulfill duties in their current position.
Medical expenses include care needed immediately after the accident as well as any ongoing care including treatment, surgeries, nursing assistance, rehab, physical therapy, and the like.
Pain and Suffering
After an accident, you are likely to deal with a considerable amount of physical and emotional pain. You may be experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression due to your reduced quality of life. These damages are difficult to put a monetary value on, but your lawyer will use their experience to determine an amount that’s fair.
Why Hopkins Law Firm is Your Best Choice for Motorcycle Accident Representation
If you are involved in a Charleston, South Carolina motorcycle accident, a good lawyer will help you get the compensation you deserve. Hopkins Law Firm has the experience to get you a positive outcome.
The Hopkins Law Firm is a family-owned business that has been defending clients in the Charleston area for over 30 years. Their high success rate is due to their commitment to seeing justice being served. This is paired with a deep sense of respect that lets the people they represent know their best interests are taken into consideration every step of the way.
Motorcycle accidents can greatly reduce quality of life. Don’t let at fault parties get away with it. Schedule a free consultation with Hopkins Law Firm to take the first step towards closure.Schedule Your Free Consultation
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