Has a Motorcycle Crash Put Your Life on Hold?
Our Gaffney Motorcycle Accident Law Firm Has the Help You Need
Riding a motorcycle out on the open road is an experience like no other. Feeling the wind on your face and seeing the wonders of South Carolina up close thrills both body and mind. However, such freedom does not come without a price.
Motorcycles do not have steel frames or bumpers to protect their riders. So, even the smallest crash can leave a motorcyclist severely injured. Combine this with the fact that South Carolina drivers are increasingly inattentive, and you can understand why riders must have all the protection they can get. Part of that protection is having a South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer you can trust.
The Gaffney motorcycle accident lawyers at Winter & Rhoden LLC are ready to fight for you. Our attorneys not only have experience helping riders, we also understand what these injuries mean for your way of life. You and your family should not have to suffer because of stubborn insurance companies and expensive bills. Our Gaffney motorcycle accident law firm is ready to help riders from Spartanburg, Union or anywhere else in South Carolina.
What Dangers Do South Carolina Motorcyclists Face?
In 2017, there were 2,278 motorcycle collisions in South Carolina, and 116 of those crashes proved fatal. Almost 2,000 people were also injured thanks to these collisions (South Carolina Traffic Collison Fact Book). Many of these individuals faced life-altering injuries such as:
- Road rash,
- Broken bones,
- Spinal cord injuries, and
- Traumatic brain injuries.
These injuries can result in long recoveries that could take weeks, months or even years to recover from. Sometimes, riders never fully recover from such injuries. For this reason, motorcyclists need all the protection they can get from the dangers of the road.
As mentioned before, motorcyclists have less crash protection than automobile drivers. South Carolina motorcycle laws require riders under the age of 21 to wear helmets and protective eyewear. But motorcyclists over that age are free to choose what/if the wear safety gear. They can use:
- Leather jackets,
- Boots, and
- Body armor.
However, drivers must do their part to help keep South Carolina roads safer.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says that distracted driving is a leading factor when it comes to increased motorcyclist fatalities. Despite this, our state government has yet to pass legislation that imposes meaningful penalties for driving while using a cellphone. We must hold negligent drivers responsible for the damages they cause. Thankfully, there are other legal resources available to injured motorcyclists.
What Are My Options for Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim in South Carolina?
When it comes to a motorcycle crash, riders have options to recover compensation. They can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer, file a claim with their own insurance or file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. These processes will involve a lot of paperwork, gathering evidence and potential time in the courtroom. Such tasks could prove impossible for a rider trying to recover from injuries. Your situation may also dictate how complicated your situation becomes.
If a driver took a left-hand turn in front of your motorcycle, causing a crash, you may first try to file a claim on the driver’s insurance. But insurance companies are notorious for trying to reduce claim payouts in order to meet their bottom line. If the insurer offers compensation lower than your damages, you may have to file a lawsuit. You may also have to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party in some situations. There may even be at-fault parties that you are unaware of.
Involved in a single-vehicle crash? The fault for damages may not fall upon you. If your motorcycle failed due to a defective part, the part manufacturer may have liability when it comes to your crash. If the road you were riding on was poorly maintained or neglected, certain government agencies may share blame for your injuries and damages. However, South Carolina motorcycle laws can further complicated matters.
How Our Gaffney Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help Riders
Depending on the evidence from the crash, the court may find you partially liable for the accident. If the court finds you liable for a percentage of your motorcycle accident, then it could subtract that percentage from your compensation. Motorcyclists who are over 50 percent responsible for the crash may have their claim dismissed. Having an experienced Gaffney motorcycle accident lawyer by your side could help prevent this.
Our South Carolina law firm defends our clients from other drivers blaming them for the crash. Injured motorcyclists need time to recover. Our law firm can handle paperwork, insurance companies and at-fault drivers so you do not have to. Let our attorneys help you deal with the challenges of your claim.
Still Have Questions? Contact Our Gaffney Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today!
At Winter & Rhoden LLC, we are ready to help with your motorcycle accident needs. We represent clients across South Carolina, including individuals from Spartanburg and Union. Our mission is to provide clients with solutions to their personal legal needs. We do not compromise when it comes to defending our clients because we truly care about our clients. Call our office at (864) 489-8128 or fill out our confidential online contact form. The initial consultation for your motorcycle crash is free, so give us a call and learn how we can help you get the compensation you need.