What may be a minor accident for a driver or passenger in a car can turn into a major injury for a motorcyclist. A small collision can send your motorcycle off the road or into oncoming traffic. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover damages from the at-fault party.
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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcycle accident can occur in any number of ways, but some of the most common causes include:
- Rear-end collisions: A driver is following too closely and is unable to stop before striking your motorcycle. These types of normally minor collisions can be very serious because, unlike a car, your motorcycle can’t absorb the impact.
- Lane changes: A driver fails to check his blind spot or fails to give a turn signal before changing lanes. This can cause the motorcyclist to swerve into oncoming traffic or put their bike down on the pavement.
- Left turns: A driver turning left at an intersection does not see your motorcycle approaching or misjudges his distance from your motorcycle.
- Speeding: The faster the driver of a vehicle is going, the less time he has to react to a motorcycle changing lanes or entering onto a highway.
- Distracted driving: If a driver is on the phone or texting, his attention is not on the road. The driver may fail to see a motorcycle in time to avoid an accident.
The motorcyclist’s conduct can also contribute to the cause of an accident and can either bar or reduce the motorcyclist’s recovery in a legal claim. For instance, lane splitting – where a motorcyclist rides between two lanes of traffic – is a common cause of motorcycle accidents and is illegal according to South Carolina Motorcycle Laws.
In South Carolina, a motorcyclist cannot recover any money for their injuries in an accident with another vehicle if they were the primary cause of their accident. If the motorcyclist’s fault is 50% percent or less, (SC Statute § 15-38-15) however, then they can recover but the amount they are entitled to receive will be reduced by the percent that they were found to have contributed to the collision.
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Possible Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
Injuries in a motorcycle accident can be serious and even fatal. The most common injuries associated with such accidents include:
- Head injuries: South Carolina does not require a motorcyclist over the age of 21 to wear a helmet. If your motorcycle overturns or the impact of the accident throws you from the motorcycle, your head could hit the pavement causing severe injuries.
- Broken bones: On a motorcycle, your legs and arms are almost completely unprotected. Your motorcycle could fall on one of your legs or you can break your arm trying to brace yourself as you hit the pavement.
- Internal injuries: The impact on your body when you hit the pavement can damage your ribs, kidneys, or other organs. An oncoming vehicle can run over you after you are on the pavement.
- Road rash: You can tear the skin from your arms and other parts of your body as you slide across the pavement. This could result in painful injuries and permanent scarring.
- Spinal injuries: The accident could damage your spine, resulting in loss of sensation or paralysis.
- Death: If your loved one has died in a motorcycle accident, you may have the right to pursue a wrongful death or survival claim to recover for your loved one’s death.
If you are facing injuries from your motorcycle accident, a motorcycle accident lawyer serving Myrtle Beach can help. Contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers at (843) 779-1777 for a free review of your case.
Recovering Compensation for Your Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
We can work to recover various types of compensation for your accident, including:
- Medical expenses: You can get money for the doctor and hospital bills that you have incurred. You can also seek compensation for future rehabilitation costs and medical treatment if this type of ongoing care is medically necessary. If you suffer a catastrophic injury, it is possible to claim the cost of lifetime care which may include in-home assistance, equipment, and house renovations made necessary by the motorcycle accident.
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity: If your injuries prevent you from going to work, you can file a claim to recover your lost wages. If you cannot return to work even after your recovery, you may be able to claim the difference in what you earned before the accident and what you can earn after the accident.
- Pain and suffering: Some injuries, such as broken bones and tears to your skin, can be extremely painful. Let our attorneys know how severe your pain is and we will work hard to get you the money you deserve for your pain.
To make the strongest case for this compensation, our attorneys need to prove your damages. They can do so by:
- Talking to your doctors and consulting medical experts to determine the extent of your injuries and what treatment you will need in the future.
- Talking to a life care planner if you suffer a catastrophic injury to find out what medical treatment, care, and equipment you will need for the rest of your life.
- Hiring an economist to determine the amount of your lost earning capacity.
The sooner you call our attorneys, the quicker we can start building you the strongest possible case to maximize the amount of compensation you receive for your injuries.
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Bringing Your Case to a Successful Conclusion
Shortly after the accident, the insurance company may contact you about settling your case. Insurance companies are in the business of settling claims as cheaply as possible in exchange for a release of liability. This means that if you accept their money, you can no longer go back and sue the person who caused your injuries for more money. The initial settlement offers that you get from insurance companies usually do not fully compensate you for all of your damages. Do not sign anything without speaking to our licensed attorneys. We will negotiate with the insurance company or the defense attorneys for the other side to reach a settlement that fully compensates you for your injuries, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering. If we cannot reach a reasonable settlement, we will take the matter to court.
Choosing George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers to Work for You
Our attorneys are ready to investigate your case, determine who was at fault, and gather evidence to build your case. We will be in your corner until your case is resolved. If you suffer an injury in a motorcycle accident, call a motorcycle accident lawyer serving Myrtle Beach, SC from George Sink, P.A., Injury Lawyers at (843) 779-1777 for a free consultation.