Careless or reckless motorists who fail to yield the right of way, drive distracted, or simply fail to see a motorcycle can cause a devastating accident. Without the metal frame of a car to protect them, riders often suffer catastrophic injuries and end up with permanent impairments or disfigurement. To make matters worse, their medical bills can be astronomical, and they may never be able to work again.
If you find yourself in this situation after you or a loved one, or a family member suffered injuries in a bike wreck, a motorcycle accident lawyer in Columbia, SC from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is here to help. We offer free case evaluations and can explain if we believe you have a strong enough case to hold the at-fault driver financially responsible.
Call us today at 803-999-2993 and let us go to work on your Columbia motorcycle accident case.
Damages Potentially Available in a Columbia Motorcycle Accident Case
The damages available to you if we can win compensation on your behalf vary based on the unique facts of your case. If you only suffered relatively minor injuries, your payout will likely be significantly less than someone who requires weeks or months in the hospital and suffered a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, burns, or limb amputation.
We will collect all your medical bills and other documentation of your treatment and expenses and request a full payout for these expenses. This could include:
- Emergency transport by ambulance or by helicopter
- Hospitalization, treatment, and inpatient care
- Prescription drug costs
- Inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapies
- Any necessary medical equipment, such as a hospital bed for home use
- Accessibility equipment, such as wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs
- Ongoing and future care costs
We will also seek other damages related to your accident and injuries, including the property damage caused by the crash. These damages may include:
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity, if you cannot return to work
- Lost benefits, if you cannot return to work
- The cost of renovations to your home to ensure accessibility
- Repair or replacement of your motorcycle
- Replacement of your helmet, accessories, and other damaged personal property
- Other out-of-pocket expenses related to your accident, injuries, or treatment
Economic expenses are likely not the only type of damages you experienced due to the crash. We understand the enormous emotional toll this type of accident and injury can cause. For this reason, we fight for a full payout to cover your noneconomic losses, as well. This may include:
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Mental anguish
Proving Liability in a South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Case
A robust, successful case requires establishing how the at-fault party acted negligently and caused your accident. To do so, we must identify and gather all possible evidence and sometimes enlist the help of experts in accident reconstruction. Once we complete our investigation, we will have everything we need to show:
- Who caused your accident;
- How their actions led to your crash; and
- The full value of the damages you suffered
This information will allow us to begin trying to negotiate a settlement or otherwise recover a payout on your behalf.
Negotiating a Settlement After a Columbia Motorcycle Crash
Unless the driver in your wreck was uninsured, he should have, at minimum, the following policies:
- $25,000 per person for bodily injury
- $50,000 for everyone injured in the crash
- $25,000 for all property damaged in the accident
This gives us a starting point for recovering compensation through an insurance claim. Once we complete our investigation and you have received as much as you can, we will draft a demand letter and send it to the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company. This letter outlines our case against its policyholder and the evidence we have supporting the payout amount we requested.
We can expect any of these three things to occur next:
- The insurer will agree to pay our claim.
- The insurer will respond with a counter-offer.
- The insurer will deny our claim.
The most common outcome is a counter-offer. This offer rarely covers your expenses, much less your full range of damages. However, it does show us the insurer is willing to negotiate. A series of settlement negotiations usually follows, and we can often reach a fair settlement agreement for our clients during this process using the threat of a lawsuit, which often gets results.
If the insurer denies our claim or refuses a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to take your claim to court to attempt to recover the money you need.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Columbia Motorcycle Accident
If we cannot help you collect the compensation you need without taking your case to court, we can file a personal injury suit against the driver. As a part of this process, we will present the case we built on your behalf to the judge and jury and ask the court to award you compensation to cover your expenses and losses. We will stand beside you every step of the way in the process, helping you know what to expect and what you need to do.
South Carolina law usually gives us three years to file a lawsuit against the motorist or another party who caused your motorcycle accident. This means we need to get started on your case as soon as possible to complete our investigation and try to file an insurance claim before this deadline passes and you lose your right to sue.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Columbia, SC, About Your Case Today
The team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers will build a strong case on your behalf that allows us to fight aggressively for compensation to cover your expenses and other losses. We offer free case reviews. Call us today at 803-999-2993 to talk to a South Carolina personal injury attorney.