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Motorcycle Accidents in South Carolina
South Carolina is filled with biking enthusiasts – especially during events like Bike Week at Myrtle Beach. Unfortunately, more motorcycles on the road mean more accidents as well.
Each year, around 100 bikers are killed in South Carolina accidents, and many hundreds more suffer severe and disabling injuries. The highest death and injury rates are among young motorcyclists ages 20 to 24. Although motorcycles make up only a small fraction of all vehicles on the road, they are involved in more than 1 in 10 traffic accidents.
A South Carolina motorcycle wreck can result in:
- Leg and foot fractures
- Other broken bones
- Damage to internal organs
- Severe cuts and lacerations sometimes called “road rash”
Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to have a deadly accident than drivers and occupants of cars. This is because bikers have high vulnerability and low visibility. Some motorists don’t even see an oncoming motorcycle until it is too late.
Information on South Carolina Motorcycle Accidents
Determining who was responsible for a motorcycle accident is extremely important. If another driver was at fault, that driver could be required to compensate you for all medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other losses related to the accident. Our South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyers can assist you in gathering the evidence you need to prove the cause of your accident and recover the compensation you deserve.
Statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Transportation indicate that, in many cases, another motorist is involved in motorcycle accidents.
According to the data:
- An estimated 55 percent of motorcycle crashes involved another vehicle in addition to the motorcycle.
- When considering only fatal accidents, the percentage of two-vehicle accidents was even higher, with an estimated 90 percent of fatalities occurring in multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes.
- In 98 percent of accidents involving motorcycles that resulted in a fatality, the motorcycle riders were the ones who suffered the fatal injuries.
Because of the dangers associated with motorcycle riding in South Carolina, it is important to be informed of the safety rules and motorcycle laws that can help protect you.
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Common Causes of South Carolina Motorcycle Accidents
While the cause of South Carolina motorcycle accidents must be determined on a case-by-case basis, there are several factors that are frequently at play in motorcycle crashes. Our South Carolina injury attorneys have provided extensive information on common motorcycle accident causes, but the most important thing to remember is that in any case where the driver of another vehicle is responsible for causing the accident, he or she could be held liable. If road design, debris or potholes in the road caused or contributed to the accident, the government agency responsible for road maintenance may also be held liable by the injured motorcyclist or his or her family members.
Free Consultation with a South Carolina Motorcycle Injury Lawyer
Are you one of the nearly eight million Americans who ride a motorcycle? Have you been in an accident, either while riding or as a passenger?
You might be entitled to insurance compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation and therapy costs, prescription drug bills and pain and suffering.
Get a free case review from Joye Law Firm. Our South Carolina motorcycle accident attorneys have more than 150 years of combined experience representing injured South Carolinians and their families. Call 877-936-9707 or use this online contact form for a no-hassle, no-obligation consultation with a personal injury and wrongful death lawyer today.
We will take care of all the details, paperwork and claims forms so you can concentrate on getting well. We have offices in Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Clinton, and Columbia but take cases anywhere in South Carolina.