On Hilton Head Island, mopeds are a fun and economical way to explore the local scenery and soak in the sun and the beautiful weather. But as their presence on South Carolina’s roads rapidly grows, mopeds are involved in higher numbers of accidents year after year.
These crashes are sometimes severe, leading to catastrophic injuries and even death. For a variety of reasons, moped riders are more vulnerable than other vehicle occupants in an accident.
If you were injured in a moped accident, a lawyer from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you recover compensation from the responsible parties. Our moped accident lawyers in Hilton Head Island work on a contingency basis. That means we charge only for results and never collect a fee until you get paid.
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New Laws for Moped Drivers in South Carolina
South Carolina passed new moped laws in November 2018 regulating the operation of mopeds. Still, moped accidents are on the rise in South Carolina. Most importantly, the laws change the classification of mopeds from bicycles to motor vehicles. As a result, operators must be licensed, and all mopeds must be registered with the state DMV before being driven on public roads.
Moped operators must follow all standard traffic laws and regulations, plus a few additional ones aimed just at them. First, moped use is restricted to roads and highways in South Carolina with speed limits of 55 and under. Second, mopeds can travel only in the far-right lane except when making a left turn. Third, operators younger than 21 are required to wear a helmet.
Otherwise, as a moped operator, you have the same rights to the road as other motorists, and drivers must watch out for you. If a driver violates this duty, whether by negligent, reckless, or malicious behavior and causes you to suffer injuries in an accident, we can hold them liable.
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Building a Liability Case and Recovering Damages for Your Moped Accident Injuries in Hilton Head Island
To build a successful liability case that allows you to recover fair compensation for your moped accident injuries in Hilton Head Island, we must gather enough evidence to make the following clear:
- The responsible party or parties owed you a specific duty of care;
- The responsible parties or parties did not uphold their duty of care;
- As a result, you suffered injuries, leading to economic or non-economic damages.
Specific Duty of Care
For another party to be liable for your moped accident injuries, they had to have had a specific duty of care to you. This duty varies based on who the party is and what their role was in the accident.
If the other party was a driver, then by operating a motor vehicle, they owed you a duty of care as another driver on the road.
If the party was a property owner, and you were a guest on their property, then they owed you a specific duty under South Carolina’s premises liability laws.
If they were involved in some other way, our team will investigate your accident thoroughly and come up with the specific duty of care owed to you by the responsible party.
Failure to Uphold Duty
To hold the party liable for damages, we must make it clear with evidence that they did not uphold their specific duty of care to you, a duty we will have established at this point.
Our attorneys know what evidence to look for and how to assemble it to paint a clear picture of the way your accident unfolded, including how the other party behaved negligently or otherwise did not uphold their duty to you.
Injury and Specific Damages
To tie your case together, we must link the other party’s failure of duty to the injuries and specific damages you have incurred. That is, we must meet the preponderance of the evidence standard, proving it is more likely than not that your injuries occurred as a direct result of the other party’s failure.
Then, we will list the specific damages you have incurred, both economic and non-economic, and pursue the other party and their insurer for the full amount.
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Our Island Moped Accident Lawyers Serving Hilton Head Help You Recover Fair Compensation
The moped accident attorneys in Hilton Head Island at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. We know how to take on the insurance company and make sure they settle for an amount that is fair and pays for the full scope of your damages.
You may be eligible to receive compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
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Call Us for a Free Moped Accident Case Evaluation in Hilton Head Island
The George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers team wants to help you recover the damages you deserve for your moped accident injuries. A personal injury attorney is eager to meet you and learn about how we can help.
To get a free, no-risk case evaluation with a moped accident lawyer in Hilton Head Island, call us today or fill out our online contact form.
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