Did you suffer injuries in a motorcycle accident? Are your medical bills starting to stack up? Are you unable to work? You may be eligible to receive compensation from the party who caused your accident.
If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, call a motorcycle accident lawyer serving Anderson, SC from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers at (864) 729-4888 for a free consultation. Let our lawyers start working on getting you the money that you deserve for your injuries, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
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Types of Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents often cause very serious injuries because the person riding the motorcycle is not as protected as a passenger in other types of motor vehicles like a car or truck. Some injuries are more common in motorcycle collisions and may involve:
According to South Carolina motorcycle law, a motorcyclist over 21 years of age does not have to wear a helmet. Your head can hit the pavement with a great force during a motorcycle accident. If you are not wearing a helmet, you can sustain a serious head injury including skull fractures or various types of brain trauma that can cause you to lose your motor skills, impair your speech, result in memory loss, and cause mood changes. You may recover damages for these injuries even if you were not wearing a helmet.
It is common for a motorcyclist to fall off of their bike or have to “set down” their bike in an accident. When this occurs, the motorcycle can often fall on the rider’s leg or arm, causing bone fractures. You may try to catch your fall with your hands, resulting in a broken arm or wrist. It is also common to see motorcyclists with broken shoulders or pelvises – these injuries are usually caused by the motorcyclist hitting the pavement. Broken bones can be very painful and may require surgery and physical therapy for recovery. Depending on the type of job you have, you could miss a significant amount of work while your injuries heal.
If the accident throws you off your motorcycle, you can slide across the pavement. You may only receive abrasions or lacerations that will heal. In some cases, however, the pavement can tear your skin away, exposing your subdermal tissue and likely to develop an infection. This type of injury is also likely to result in pain and permanent scarring that could require plastic surgery to fix.
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Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Our lawyers will investigate your collision to determine what caused the accident and who was at fault. Motorcycle accidents can happen in any number of ways, but some common causes include:
Dangerous driving can lead to motorcycle accidents in various ways. Some scenarios include when the at-fault driver:
- Moves into your lane without checking a driver’s blind spot or without activating a turn signal.
- travels over the speed limit or too fast for the weather conditions.
- Leaves insufficient space between their vehicle and your motorcycle.
- Misjudges the speed of your motorcycle or makes an improper turn, cutting you off and causing a collision
Impaired or Distracted Driver
Accidents are often caused when a driver is not in good condition to drive or may not have his or her mind on the road. Accidents often occur when the at-fault driver is:
- Under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication.
- On the phone, texting, adjusting the radio or GPS, arguing with a passenger, or looking at the side of the road.
- Is drowsy or fatigued.
A motorcyclist can easily lose control of his or her motorcycle because of a defect in the road. These types of defects, which normally would not affect a car or truck, can have a strong effect on the motorcyclist’s balance and easily cause an accident.
According to the South Carolina Statute § 15-38, personal injury cases are governed by a legal concept called “modified comparative negligence.” South Carolina is a comparative negligence state: you must prove that another individual was 50% or more at fault for your collision in order to recover money for your injuries.
Who can be responsible for your injuries in a motorcycle accident?
- The driver of the vehicle that struck your motorcycle
- The employer of the driver who caused the accident
- The owner of the vehicle for allowing an incompetent driver behind the wheel
- The government for failing to repair a pothole or other defect in the road
To prove liability for your accident, our attorneys will:
- Investigate the scene of the collision and look for skid marks, debris, and other clues as to what occurred.
- Interview any witnesses who saw the accident or who saw the vehicles before the wreckage was cleared.
- Get cell phone records, if necessary, to determine if a driver was talking on the phone or texting at the time of the accident.
- Obtain footage of the accident from any traffic cameras that may have captured the accident.
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An injured party can receive money for many different things after a motorcycle collision. These items, called “damages,” can include money for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anxiety
To prove your damages, our attorneys can:
- Talk to your doctors about your medical diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
- Consult medical experts to prove the motorcycle accident caused your injuries.
- Consult life care planners to see what lifetime care you will need.
- Consult an economist to determine your lost earning capacity.
Our attorneys will negotiate with the insurance company or the attorneys on the other side to get you the money that you deserve for your injuries, lost wages, pain, and suffering. If we cannot reach a reasonable settlement with the insurance, we can file litigation on your behalf and take your case to court to be decided by a judge or jury.
A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Anderson, SC, Can Protect Your Rights
If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, call a motorcycle accident lawyer serving Anderson, SC from George Sink, P.A., Injury Lawyers at (864) 729-4888 for a free consultation. You generally have three years to file a personal injury suit in South Carolina, but sometimes this time period can be even short. Call our attorneys now so that we can get to work on your case today.