A moped accident can leave you with severe, debilitating injuries, overwhelming medical bills, and lots of physical and emotional pain. If another party caused or contributed to your accident, they should pay for the damages you incurred.
A moped accident lawyer in Goose Creek, SC, from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can protect your rights and hold the other party accountable. We will help you recover the compensation you deserve.
We are a personal injury law firm that is passionate about helping accident victims get their lives back after severe injuries. We offer a free consultation and never collect a fee until you get paid.
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Laws on Moped Use in South Carolina
Moped drivers enjoy many rights in South Carolina but have many responsibilities, as well. A new state moped law passed in November 2018 reclassified mopeds as motor vehicles (they were previously considered bicycles). As a result of this legislation, operators must have a driver or motorcycle license and must register their mopeds with the DMV.
In addition to the standard rules of the road all drivers must follow, moped operators face a few additional restrictions on how they must drive and the types of roads on which they can and cannot travel. Mopeds must stay in the far-right lane except when turning left and are prohibited on all roads and highways with speed limits higher than 55 mph.
Moped operators are vulnerable due to the vehicle’s small size, limited power, and lack of protective features. Other drivers have a duty to recognize the increasing presence of mopeds on South Carolina’s roads and to watch out for them to prevent car accidents.
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Holding the Responsible Party Liable for Your Moped Accident Injuries
Regardless of who was responsible for your moped accident injuries, our liability claim against them must establish certain facts to be successful. Specifically, it needs to show that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care;
- They did not uphold this duty;
- You suffered injuries as a result, leading to economic and non-economic damages.
Duty of Care
A party is liable for another’s injuries only when they owe the injured person a duty of care. Therefore, we must establish the duty of care owed to you by the party we are claiming is responsible for your moped accident injuries. The nature of this duty varies based on who the party is and how they were involved in the accident.
- Another driver: If the responsible party was another driver, they had an implied duty of care to you as well as to every other driver on the road. When a South Carolina motorist receives a driver’s license and gets behind the wheel, they accept an implicit duty to operate their vehicle safely and obey all traffic laws.
- A property owner or manager: If your accident occurred on private property and involved unsafe conditions, such as a pothole, uneven pavement, or poor lighting, the owner or manager of the property may be liable.
Failure to Uphold Duty
Once we establish the duty of care owed to you by the responsible party, we can present evidence to show how they failed to uphold that duty. Generally, this failure involves negligence of some sort; for instance, a driver breaks a traffic law or fails to pay attention to the road, or a property owner or manager allows their property to fall into disrepair.
The moped accident attorneys in Goose Creek, SC, at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers know how to investigate moped accidents and gather the specific evidence we need to make the other party’s failure of duty clear.
Injuries Leading to Damages
Finally, we must tie your case together by linking the other party’s actions to your damages. We must show that the party’s negligent behavior led to your accident, that your accident caused you to suffer injuries, and that your injuries led to economic and non-economic damages.
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We Help You Recover Fair Compensation for Your Goose Creek Moped Accident Injuries
Our personal injury firm fights for the full and fair compensation you deserve for your moped accident injuries in Goose Creek. You may be eligible to collect money for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
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