Motorcycles represent fun and freedom, but because riders have little protection in a crash, motorcycle accidents cause many serious injuries and deaths. Each year, some 5,000 to 6,000 motorcyclists are killed and tens of thousands are badly injured in crashes nationwide.
South Carolina sees more than 100 motorcycle fatalities a year and about 2,500 riders injured in crashes. Motorcycle accident deaths have increased in recent years while deaths from other types of traffic accidents have been declining.
Have you been in a South Carolina motorcycle accident? Has someone you love been killed while riding a motorcycle? Many accidents are caused by other motorists’ failure to see motorcyclists.
If you’ve been injured in a crash caused by another driver, you should talk to a South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss your legal options. Our attorneys at Joye Law Firm may be able to help you seek financial compensation to cover your medical bills, lost income, and other costs of the accident if it was caused by another driver’s carelessness.
Our South Carolina motorcycle injury attorneys can help you through the confusion and stress that follow a serious motorcycle accident. Respect, compassion, and trusted guidance are what you will receive from our highly regarded lawyers and staff. Since 1968, we have helped injured people recover not just the money they deserve, but also their lives.
How Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Help You
If another driver caused the motorcycle accident that led to your injuries, a motorcycle injury attorney at Joye Law Firm can help you seek compensation for your medical bills and other related accident expenses and losses. We handle motorcycle accident cases on a contingent fee basis so you can have experienced legal representation without any upfront costs to you.
Collisions involving a motorcycle and a passenger car or truck are usually the motorist’s fault. Motorcycles have a narrow profile and are easy to overlook. Many riders have heard a story about a car driver claiming “I never saw him” after a motorcycle accident.
A well-known study of motorcycle accidents known as “The Hurt Report” for its lead author, says the predominant cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of motorists to recognize motorcycles in traffic.
The study says that 66 percent of collisions between motorcycles and passenger vehicles happen because the motorist violates the motorcyclist’s right of way. Most often, a car turns left unexpectedly in front of an oncoming motorcycle, and the biker cannot avoid a collision.
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute says a five-year study of motorcycle accidents also showed that the most common contributing factor (25 percent) to multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles at intersections was the failure to yield the right of way while turning left.
Because motorcycles are lighter and come to a stop faster than cars and trucks, many motorcyclists also are injured in rear-end accidents caused by motorists who did not allow extra room to stop with a motorcycle ahead of them on a highway.
Our South Carolina motorcycle accident law firm can assist you in gathering the evidence you need to build a strong case for compensation for your injuries.
In any case where the driver of another vehicle is responsible for causing a motorcycle accident, he or she may be held liable for the injuries and other damages sustained by the biker. In some cases, the company that employs a negligent driver can be held liable for an accident as well.
If road design, debris, or potholes in the road caused or contributed to a motorcycle crash, the government agency responsible for road maintenance may be held liable by the injured motorcyclist or his or her family members.