If you were involved in a moped accident and suffered injuries from it, an Anderson, SC, moped accident lawyer from our firm can help. We can assist with moped accidents as we help victims recover compensation from the responsible party or parties. Our attorneys know how to take on the insurance companies with aggressive negotiation, helping you receive the fair compensation you deserve.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers works on a no-win, no-fee basis. Because the outcome of your moped accident case is as important to us as it is to you, we do not accept a fee until you get paid. So, there is no financial risk in working with us. We also offer a free consultation at which we sit down with you, evaluate your case, and go over your options with you.
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Recent Changes to South Carolina’s Moped Laws
In November 2018, South Carolina passed sweeping new laws regulating moped use on the state’s roads and highways. Before the passage of these rules, South Carolina classified mopeds as bicycles, but under the new system, they are considered motor vehicles. As such, moped operators are now subject to the same regulations that govern other drivers – they must be licensed, and they must register their mopeds with the state.
Moped drivers must follow the same rules of the road as other drivers, and they have the same rights, with a few notable exceptions. They are prohibited on roads with speed limits above 55 miles per hour, and on any multi-lane road, they must be driven in the far-right lane (an exception is granted when turning left). Moped operators younger than 21 must wear a helmet.
Drivers of larger vehicles have a specific duty to watch out for mopeds and motorcycles. If a driver violated this duty in causing your accident, we will hold them liable for your damages.
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Recovering Damages From the Other Driver in Your Moped Accident
In a collision between a car or truck and a moped, the moped operator is particularly vulnerable to major injuries and even death. Mopeds offer none of the standard safety features found in cars and trucks, such as seat belts and airbags. They lack even a protective vehicle frame, leaving the driver exposed to take the brunt of a collision. Even compared to standard motorcycles, mopeds are smaller and do not travel as fast.
Because of these disadvantages, and because of a steady rise in moped accidents in South Carolina, many of our moped accident clients have dealt with catastrophic injuries requiring months or even years of intensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.
Our job as your moped accident attorneys in Anderson, SC, is to make sure the responsible party or parties, not you, pays the bill for the damages you have incurred. To hold the other driver responsible and recover damages, we must build a case that proves three things:
- The driver owed you a specific duty of care;
- The driver did not uphold that duty;
- You incurred damages because of the driver’s negligence.
The Driver Owed You a Specific Duty
We first must show that the other driver owed you a specific duty, which is generally not too difficult considering that all motorists in South Carolina have an implied duty to operate their vehicles safely and watch out for other drivers.
The Driver Did Not Uphold Their Duty
Next, we must demonstrate that the other driver failed to uphold their specific duty to you. A driver violates their duty of care to others when they behave negligently or violate traffic laws. We look for evidence of:
- Reckless or careless driving
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Improper lane changes
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
Negligent behavior does not require violating a traffic law. We investigate every circumstance surrounding your accident, including talking to witnesses and reconstructing the scene of the crash to uncover evidence of the other driver not fully upholding their duty of care to you.
You Incurred Damages Because of the Driver’s Negligence
Once we have established that the other driver owed you a duty of care and failed to uphold it, we can tie their failure to the specific damages you have incurred.
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Collecting Fair Compensation in a Judgment or Settlement
Our Anderson, SC, moped accident attorneys know how to negotiate aggressively with responsible parties and their insurers. Often, we can extract a lucrative out-of-court settlement that pays you the fair compensation you deserve. But if they do not agree to a fair settlement, we do not hesitate to file a lawsuit and go before a jury.
We help you collect the full slate of damages to which you are entitled, which may include:
- Medical bills
- Lost income due to missed work
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
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A moped accident lawyer serving Anderson, SC, from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is eager to meet you, learn about your case, and determine how to help you recover the damages you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our staff, call our Anderson office today or fill out our online form.
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