If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may face mounting medical expenses or may be left out of work. The good news is you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Walterboro, call 843-306-0009
Let Our Attorneys Start Working on Your Case
After your motorcycle accident, give our attorneys a call and tell them what happened. Our attorneys will listen, evaluate the facts surrounding the collision, and let you know if you have a valid claim. We will take the information you provide and start gathering evidence to build your case. As part of their investigation, your attorney will:
- Investigate the scene of the accident. Our attorneys will look for skid marks, roadway debris, or other clues remaining from the accident.
- Interview witnesses. Our attorneys will talk to anyone who saw the accident or who arrived at the scene after the accident.
- Gather and review accident reports. We will collect all the documentation created by the police and review it against the other facts we have collected.
- Get any visual evidence of the accident. If a traffic camera or a nearby surveillance camera has footage of the accident, we will work to collect it immediately.
- Hire experts to help in the investigation. There are many different types of experts that can help build your case. If necessary and for example, we could potentially hire an accident reconstructionist to recreate the accident or a life care planner to document the long term effects of your injuries.
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Determining Who Caused Your Accident
Once our attorneys have gathered all the available evidence, we will review it all and seek to prove who was at fault for your accident.
The Driver of the Vehicle That Struck Your Motorcycle
To establish liability of the driver of the vehicle that struck your motorcycle, our attorneys must prove the driver operated his vehicle in an unsafe manner that caused the accident. Instances of such liability include when:
- The driver was speeding. For example, you may have pulled out of a parking lot while the other vehicle was a safe distance away, but the vehicle struck your motorcycle because the other driver was speeding,.
- The driver was distracted. For example, the driver may have been texting and did not see your motorcycle.
- The driver failed to check his blind spot.
- The driver made an improper left turn across traffic or at an intersection in front of your approaching motorcycle.
- The driver was operating their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, using drugs, or taking prescription medication with side effects.
- The driver was too tired or fatigued to operate their vehicle safely.
The Owner of the Vehicle That Struck Your Motorcycle
If the owner of the at-fault vehicle is a different person than the driver of the vehicle, we may be able to hold the owner liable for your injuries as well. This is especially true in situations where the owner knowingly allowed a person with a suspended license or poor driving record to operate their vehicle. If the owner of the vehicle is a company, we may also be able to pursue them for hiring a negligent driver.
The state or city can be liable for your motorcycle accident. For example, the city may know about a pothole in the road and fail to repair it. Special rules apply to claims against the government, one of them being that you generally may not recover over $300,000.00 in South Carolina against the State of South Carolina. These types of claims also often have more abbreviated timing requirements. Our lawyers are familiar with notice and filing requirements that apply to claims against the government and can help give you the best chance to collect the money that you deserve.
Impact of Your Fault in a Motorcycle Accident
South Carolina employed a modified comparative negligence standard for all personal injury matters, including motorcycle collisions. If, due to your actions, you are found to be partially responsible for your motorcycle collision, you may still be able to receive compensation for your injuries. This is only possible if you are found to be 50% or less at fault for your collision, and the amount of money that you receive will be reduced by the percentage that you are found to be at fault. If you are found to be more than 50% at fault, you are legally considered to be the primary cause for your collision and will be barred from receiving any money at all.
Getting Compensation for Your Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents can cause many different types of injuries. Some types of injuries are more common than others, however, such as:
- Brain injuries can occur when your head hits the pavement.
- Your motorcycle can fall on your legs or body and cause broken bones or internal injuries.
- You may get “road rash” when your body slides on the pavement. You may also suffer from lacerations and torn skin which can result in infections or permanent scarring.
- You may suffer a spinal cord injury which can result in partial or total paralysis.
If you suffer one or multiple injuries such as these, you may be eligible to receive money for your damages which can include payment for:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lifetime care
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anxiety
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage
Our attorneys can help you prove the value of your damages, like medical expenses or lost wages.
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Bringing Your Claim to a Successful Conclusion
The motorcycle collision attorneys from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers will negotiate with the insurance company or the attorneys on the other side to reach a settlement that compensates you for your injuries, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering. If we cannot reach a reasonable settlement, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf to get you your day in court.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Serving Walterboro, SC with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers.
You generally have three years to file a personal injury suit in South Carolina, however this time period can be even shorter in some circumstances such as cases against the state or federal government. The sooner you hire our attorneys, the quicker we can get to work on your case. Call a motorcycle accident lawyer serving Walterboro, SC now at (843) 306-0009 for a free consultation.