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South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Although motorcycles represent freedom on the open road, riders have little protection if they are involved in a crash. Many bikers are either seriously injured or die. In fact, motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash. Furthermore, motorcycle accidents amount to 7.7 percent of all traffic fatalities. South Carolina alone witnesses over 100 motorcycle fatalities yearly and approximately 2,500 riders are injured in crashes. Nationwide, up to 6,000 motorcyclists die each year with ten of thousands injured.

In South Carolina in 2016 there were 187 fatalities. In 2017 there were 2,278 collisions in total with 116 fatal collisions and 117 people killed. As of 2017, there were 115,143 motorcycles registered in the state, a number expected to increase each year. Statistics show that almost five motorcycle accidents happen every day.

South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Motorcycle Accident Attorney Representing Charleston & Nearby Areas of South Carolina

Although motorcycles represent freedom on the open road, riders have little protection if they are involved in a crash. Many bikers are either seriously injured or die. In fact, motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash. Furthermore, motorcycle accidents amount to 7.7 percent of all traffic fatalities. South Carolina alone witnesses over 100 motorcycle fatalities yearly and approximately 2,500 riders are injured in crashes. Nationwide, up to 6,000 motorcyclists die each year with ten of thousands injured.

In South Carolina in 2016 there were 187 fatalities. In 2017 there were 2,278 collisions in total with 116 fatal collisions and 117 people killed. As of 2017, there were 115,143 motorcycles registered in the state, a number expected to increase each year. Statistics show that almost five motorcycle accidents happen every day.

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South Carolina Helmet Law

Head injuries are not only very common in motorcycle crashes, they are also extremely dangerous. Wearing a helmet is the only, and best way, to prevent or lessen head injuries or death. However, South Carolina law does not make helmets mandatory. The state only mandates helmets with reflectors on both sides for bikers under the age of 21 and eye protection if they do not have a wide windscreen.

Head injuries could be reduced if all South Carolina motorcycle riders wore helmets. One of the worst injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident is traumatic brain injury (TBI). Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death for bikers. Seventy-four percent of bikers who died after a crash had sustained a TBI.

  • In all fatal South Carolina motorcycle crashes, 69 percent of riders were not wearing a helmet.
  • Wearing a proper helmet reduces the change of being killed by 37 percent.
  • Riders wearing helmets are more than 70 percent less likely to suffer TBI in a crash.
  • Nearly three quarters of bikers who died in a motorcycle accident within the last ten years were not wearing a helmet.

South Carolina Helmet Law

Head injuries are not only very common in motorcycle crashes, they are also extremely dangerous. Wearing a helmet is the only, and best way, to prevent or lessen head injuries or death. However, South Carolina law does not make helmets mandatory. The state only mandates helmets with reflectors on both sides for bikers under the age of 21 and eye protection if they do not have a wide windscreen.

Head injuries could be reduced if all South Carolina motorcycle riders wore helmets. One of the worst injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident is traumatic brain injury (TBI). Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death for bikers. Seventy-four percent of bikers who died after a crash had sustained a TBI.

  • In all fatal South Carolina motorcycle crashes, 69 percent of riders were not wearing a helmet.
  • Wearing a proper helmet reduces the change of being killed by 37 percent.
  • Riders wearing helmets are more than 70 percent less likely to suffer TBI in a crash.
  • Nearly three quarters of bikers who died in a motorcycle accident within the last ten years were not wearing a helmet.

Why Motorcycle Accidents Are so Common

There are a number of reasons why motorcycle accidents happen and many of them are not the fault of the biker. In South Carolina in particular, the highways and byways are poorly maintained and infrequently repaired, and are a common cause of motorcycle accidents.

Negligent drivers are also one of the main reasons motorcyclists are involved in collisions. Often drivers do not see bikers due to their narrow profile, do not check their blind spots, do not give bikers enough room while on the road and often turn right in front of an oncoming biker.

Careless driving by automobiles while around motorcycles end up with a collision resulting in catastrophic injuries or death. If the negligent driver caused the accident, they may be held responsible/liable for the victim's losses.

According to the "Hurt Report," the main cause of accidents involving motorcycles is the failure of drivers to recognize motorcycles on the road. In other words, 66 percent of all motorcycle and automobile collisions happen because the vehicle driver violates the biker's right of way. One of the most common accidents for motorcyclists is having a car turn left right in front of them. There is no way a biker can avoid a collision in those circumstances other than laying the bike down, which may still result in serious injuries or death.

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Why Motorcycle Accidents Are so Common

There are a number of reasons why motorcycle accidents happen and many of them are not the fault of the biker. In South Carolina in particular, the highways and byways are poorly maintained and infrequently repaired, and are a common cause of motorcycle accidents.

Negligent drivers are also one of the main reasons motorcyclists are involved in collisions. Often drivers do not see bikers due to their narrow profile, do not check their blind spots, do not give bikers enough room while on the road and often turn right in front of an oncoming biker.

Careless driving by automobiles while around motorcycles end up with a collision resulting in catastrophic injuries or death. If the negligent driver caused the accident, they may be held responsible/liable for the victim's losses.

According to the "Hurt Report," the main cause of accidents involving motorcycles is the failure of drivers to recognize motorcycles on the road. In other words, 66 percent of all motorcycle and automobile collisions happen because the vehicle driver violates the biker's right of way. One of the most common accidents for motorcyclists is having a car turn left right in front of them. There is no way a biker can avoid a collision in those circumstances other than laying the bike down, which may still result in serious injuries or death.

TESTIMONIALS

The staff at Steinberg Lawfirm was amazing. This was my first experience needing legal assistance; my anxiety levels were high. They were patient and informative as they walked me through my process. Thank you for making one of the most scariest and stressful situations of my life a little easier and less intimidating.

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Recovering Damages After a Motorcycle Crash

Motorcyclists involved in an accident and who survive their injuries may be compensated for:

  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Medical costs (medication, rehabilitation, disability care)
  • Physical impairment
  • Pain/suffering
  • Lost income (present/future losses)
  • Loss of companionship/society
  • Loss consortium
  • Property damage to personal property and/or motorcycle
  • Funeral/burial costs as a result of a fatal accident
  • Possible punitive damages*

*South Carolina punitive damages may be awarded in the case of a motorcycle accident plaintiff if they were harmed as the result of reckless, willful or wanton conduct on the part of the defendant. Punitive damages are limited in South Carolina to triple the damages awarded for economic loss or $500,000 – whichever is greater.

Filling a claim after a motorcycle accident has statute of limitations. In South Carolina, all motorcycle personal injury claims must be filed within three years of the date of injury or death.

Recovering Damages After a Motorcycle Crash

Motorcyclists involved in an accident and who survive their injuries may be compensated for:

  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Medical costs (medication, rehabilitation, disability care)
  • Physical impairment
  • Pain/suffering
  • Lost income (present/future losses)
  • Loss of companionship/society
  • Loss consortium
  • Property damage to personal property and/or motorcycle
  • Funeral/burial costs as a result of a fatal accident
  • Possible punitive damages*

*South Carolina punitive damages may be awarded in the case of a motorcycle accident plaintiff if they were harmed as the result of reckless, willful or wanton conduct on the part of the defendant. Punitive damages are limited in South Carolina to triple the damages awarded for economic loss or $500,000 – whichever is greater.

Filling a claim after a motorcycle accident has statute of limitations. In South Carolina, all motorcycle personal injury claims must be filed within three years of the date of injury or death.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

  • Over 90 percent of motorcycle deaths involve males
  • There are 15.9 fatalities for every 10,000 registered motorcycles
  • An ER visit after a motorcycle collision costs, on average, $4,901
  • Roughly one-fourth of motorcycle accidents are single vehicle collisions involving a collision with the roadway or a fixed object.
  • Roadway defects were cited in 2 percent of accidents; animal involvement was 1 percent
  • Intersections are a likely place for motorcycle accidents, with the other vehicle often violating traffic lights/sign and the motorcycle's right-of-way
  • The median speed prior to a collision was 29.8 mph, and the median crash speed was 21.5 mph
  • Motorcyclist involved in accidents are often not properly trained; 92 percent learned from friends/family or taught themselves
  • Most accidents involving a motorcycle happen on a short trip and are likely to happen within a short period of time, close to the trip origin
  • Almost 50 percent of fatal motorcycle accident of motorcycle accidents involved alcohol
  • A significant number of motorcycle riders involved in accident did not have a motorcycle license, did not have any license, or were driving with a revoked license.
  • A significant number of motorcycle crashes happen in April and May
  • Nearly 57 percent of summer month accidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday
  • The average cost of a stint in hospital for an individual involved in a motorcycle accident is approximately $78,825

Contact a South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorney

At Steinberg Law Firm we understand what it is like to suffer from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, no matter where or why it happened. We are here to hear your story and find out how we can help you obtain fair and equitable compensation for your injuries.

Not sure if you have a motorcycle accident case? We offer a free consultation so we can help you figure that out. Call us at 843-720-2800 or contact us today about our free consultation.

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