Mopeds are a fun way to get around Mount Pleasant and the Charleston area, but their small size, limited power, and lack of protective frame leave riders open to catastrophic injuries in the event of a collision. If you were in a moped accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries.
A moped accident lawyer in Mount Pleasant, SC, from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you pursue damages from the liable party. We protect the rights of accident victims and want to put our resources to work for you.
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New Moped Laws for South Carolina
South Carolina recently introduced a sweeping new law concerning the use of mopeds on the state’s roads. Previously, mopeds were classified as bicycles and regulated the same way, meaning they did not have to be registered nor the rider licensed as long as they were not driven on the highway.
The new law reclassifies mopeds as motor vehicles and requires a license for operation as well as registration of the moped with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Moped drivers must follow the same traffic laws as other motorists and have the same rights on the road, aside from three specific restrictions:
- They may not operate a moped on any road or highway with a speed limit higher than 55
- They must drive in the far-right lane except when turning left
- If the rider is younger than 21, they must wear a helmet
It is the responsibility of other drivers to understand the new laws and take extra care to be mindful of the increasing presence of mopeds on the road in South Carolina. A driver who acts negligently and causes a moped to crash may be liable for resulting injuries and property damage.
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Finding the Responsible Party and Holding Them Accountable
Several parties may be partially or fully responsible for your moped accident in Mount Pleasant, SC. These parties include motor vehicle drivers, motor vehicle passengers, property owners and managers, and potentially others, as well.
Upon taking your case, the attorneys at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers investigate your accident and identify everyone who may have played a role in the crash and your injuries. We then collect evidence and assemble it to paint a clear picture of what happened and who was responsible.
If your moped accident involved a collision with another vehicle, we investigate to determine if the driver behaved negligently or violated any traffic law, including:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Reckless or careless driving
- Improper lane change
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Following too closely
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
Depending on how your accident happened, a vehicle passenger may also have played a role. We have seen this play out often in densely populated areas with lots of parallel parking on the street.
A vehicle passenger, without taking the time to look beforehand, will swing open a car door into the adjacent bike lane, blocking the path of oncoming bicycles, motorcycles, and mopeds and causing an accident.
Property Owners and Managers
If your moped accident did not involve a collision with another vehicle but was the result of a crash on private property, we can take action against the owner or manager.
Under South Carolina’s strict premises liability laws, owners and managers must keep their properties safe and must immediately address any hazardous conditions that emerge. In the meantime, they must protect guests from the danger by shielding and warning them.
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Building a Compelling Claim for Moped Accident Liability
To hold another party liable for your moped accident injuries, our moped accident attorneys in Mount Pleasant, SC, must build a case that establishes four things:
- The other party owed you a specific duty of care;
- The party did not uphold their duty;
- This breach of duty resulted in an accident;
- You incurred damages as a result of the accident.
Duty of Care
Drivers have an implied duty to all other motorists on the road, while property owners have a duty of care to guests. If the party responsible for your accident was anyone else, we can establish their specific duty to you based on the situation.
Failure to Uphold Duty
We must make it clear that the party failed to uphold their duty to you. We will collect substantial evidence painting a vivid picture of their negligent or wrongful behavior that led to your accident.
Finally, we have to show it is more likely than not that your injuries and resulting damages arose as a direct result of the other party’s failure to uphold their duty to you.
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We Help You Recover the Fair Compensation You Deserve
Our Mount Pleasant moped accident lawyers can help you recover a fair settlement from the responsible party and their insurer, which may include payment for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
Call for a Free Moped Accident Case Evaluation in Mount Pleasant, SC
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is eager to start working for you today. Let us help you recover the damages you deserve. Call us or fill out our online form for a free consultation with a Mount Pleasant moped accident lawyer.
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