Mopeds offer a unique way to get around town. However, moped accidents have risen in South Carolina in recent years. If you face injuries following a moped versus automobile accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for the financial and non-financial losses you have incurred.
A Walterboro moped accident lawyer from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can fight for your rights and hold the responsible party or parties accountable. Our team represents accident victims, helping them recover the compensation they deserve.
We take the outcome of your moped accident case as seriously as you do. That is why we do not charge any upfront fees or get paid at all until we recover money for you. You can sit down with a member of our team, discuss your situation, and learn about your legal options, all with no financial risk or obligation.
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South Carolina Moped Laws
For decades, South Carolina classified mopeds as bicycles, but a new moped law passed in November 2018 changed that. The state now considers mopeds a type of motor vehicle, and operators must follow the same laws that apply to drivers of cars and trucks. Namely, they must be licensed and must register their mopeds with the state.
Moped drivers have the same rules of the road as other motorists, with a few added restrictions. One, mopeds are not allowed on roads with speed limits higher than 55 miles per hour. Two, mopeds must stay in the far-right lane except when turning left. Three, moped operators younger than 21 are required to wear a helmet.
Otherwise, a moped rider has every right to the road enjoyed by other motorists, and drivers must watch out for mopeds and exercise caution around them. Anyone who violates this duty and causes an accident is financially liable for resulting injuries and property damage.
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Finding the Responsible Parties and Holding Them Liable
In a moped accident, several parties may be partly or fully responsible. These include other drivers, vehicle passengers, and property owners. But no matter who is liable, it is the insurance company that usually ends up paying, which is why it is essential to have a lawyer who is comfortable and has a strong track record negotiating with insurers.
If your moped accident involved a collision with another vehicle, the driver of that vehicle likely bears liability for the crash. All South Carolina drivers by getting behind the wheel accept an implied duty of care to other motorists, including moped operators. This duty requires drivers to operate their vehicles defensively, obey all traffic laws, and watch out for others.
Our attorneys will investigate your moped accident and look for evidence that the other driver failed to uphold their duty of care to you. We will determine if they violated any traffic laws, such as:
- Running a red light
- Running a stop sign
- Driving under the influence
- Texting while driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless or careless driving
- Improper lane change
- Following too closely
A moped accident attorney in Walterboro, SC, will also examine police reports, talk to eyewitnesses, review photo and video footage, and seek out any other evidence that the driver acted negligently in any way, even if it did not involve the direct violation of traffic law.
A vehicle passenger can also contribute to a moped accident. Most commonly, a passenger opens a car door into the path of an oncoming moped, causing the driver to wreck and suffer injuries.
When mopeds were classified as bicycles and mostly traveled in bike lanes, this scenario played out quite a bit, particularly in densely populated urban areas with lots of street parking. It might become less common now that mopeds are considered motor vehicles.
When a moped accident occurs on private property due to a hazardous condition, such as a pothole or uneven pavement, the owner or manager of the property may be liable.
South Carolina has strict premises liability laws. These rules always require owners and managers to keep their properties safe for guests. If a dangerous condition emerges, the owner or manager must redress it promptly and, in the meantime, must take steps to protect others from the situation. These steps typically include erecting physical barriers to block off the danger and posting signage to alert people of it.
If your accident occurred on someone else’s property, we can investigate the situation and determine if the owner or manager’s negligence contributed to a hazardous situation.
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George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Helps You Recover Fair Compensation
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is dedicated to fighting for the fair compensation you deserve for your moped accident injuries. We aggressively take on the responsible party or parties and their insurers, not allowing them to saddle you with a settlement that pays you less than what you deserve.
We can help you collect compensation to cover:
- Medical bills
- Lost earnings
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
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Call Today for a Free Walterboro, SC, Moped Accident Case Evaluation
If you suffered injuries in a Walterboro moped accident, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers wants to help you recover compensation. A moped accident lawyer serving Walterboro, SC, is eager to meet you and get started on your case.
To schedule a free, no-risk case evaluation with a member of our staff, call our Walterboro office today or fill out our online contact form.
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