In Need of a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Our David W. Martin Accident & Injury Lawyers in Greenville understand the joy and freedom motorcycle riding gives our South Carolina residents. We know that riding is more than a mode of transportation, but is a passion.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reported 148,851 motorcycles were registered in South Carolina last year. While not all motorcycle owners ride daily, some do commute to work — and elsewhere — on their bikes, while others enjoy long rides on the weekend. No matter how riders enjoy their motorcycles, the reality is, they are some of the most vulnerable motorists on our roadways.
Last year, the South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book reported 1,087 people were injured in motorcycle accidents last year — 320 of whom suffered catastrophic injuries. Tragically, of the 1,684 people who were killed in fatal traffic collisions last year, 113 were motorcyclists.
If you or someone you love were injured or lost their life in a motorcycle crash in South Carolina, contact our Greenville County personal injury lawyers today to learn how we can help you hold the at-fault driver liable for your full financial recovery.
Why Are Motorcycle Accidents So Common in South Carolina?
Like all traffic collisions that occur in South Carolina and elsewhere throughout the United States, negligence is the leading factor in these crashes. Unfortunately, that means motorcyclists are suffering life-changing injuries and families are losing their loved ones in accidents that could have been prevented.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in South Carolina involve a negligent vehicle driver who is:
- Aggressively and Recklessly Operating the Car, Truck, or SUV
- Driving Distracted
- Driving the Wrong Way
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
- Failing to Obey Traffic Signs and Signals
- Turning in Front of an Oncoming Motorcyclist
In some cases, motorcycle accidents can be caused by manufacturing defects, including defective parts, or dangerous road conditions that could have been repaired to avoid dangerous collisions. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash in South Carolina or lost a loved one to negligence, our personal injury attorneys in Greenville want to help you pursue justice for your losses.
Why Are South Carolina Motorcycle Accidents So Catastrophic?
Our David W. Martin Accident & Injury Lawyers know that when a two-ton vehicle collides with a motorcyclist, the outcome is almost always catastrophic. Depending on the circumstances, and the speed the vehicles were traveling, they can also be deadly.
The obvious reason for the devastating outcomes of motorcycle accidents in South Carolina is that the rider is in a vulnerable position. Even if he or she is wearing a helmet and protective gear, they have very little protection from a much larger, four-wheeled vehicle colliding with their two-wheeled bike.
Unfortunately, it happens too often in South Carolina. And when it does, the injuries are often catastrophic.
Motorcycle accident injuries can be life-changing, and may include:
- Facial fractures
- Broken bones
- Muscle and ligament tears
- Head injuries, including Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Injuries to extremities, including hands, feet, knees, arms, and legs
- Neck and spine injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Loss of limbs
- Scarring and disfigurement, including road rash that requires skin grafting
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident or lost a loved one because of a motorcycle crash caused by negligence in South Carolina, contact our Greenville personal injury lawyers today to discuss your case.
Do Motorcycle Riders Have to Wear Helmets in South Carolina?
South Carolina motorcycle laws state that helmets must be worn by operators and passengers under the age of 21. In addition, goggles or face shields must also be worn by operators under the age of 21.
Because our laws do not require helmet use by those over the age of 21, riders are often unsure if they can file a motorcycle accident claim if they were not wearing a helmet, assuming that they may share some of the risks for serious injuries if they are involved in a crash.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Wearing a helmet is your legal and personal prerogative. Getting injured or losing a loved one to negligence is a traumatic event that no one deserves to go through. We can help you understand your full legal rights and options to hold the liable driver who caused your injuries, or the loss of your loved one fully accountable for their negligent behavior.
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Contact our David W. Martin Accident & Injury Lawyers in Greenville, South Carolina today by calling 803-590-1958 to learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the negligent driver liable for your complete recovery needs.
We provide free consultations for all personal injury cases in South Carolina, and never charge any legal fees unless we deliver a positive outcome for your unique case.