As mopeds have risen in popularity, moped-involved accidents have increased as well. As these vehicles possess few protective features, the result of these accidents is often a catastrophic injury or worse.
If you suffered injuries in a moped accident, a moped accident lawyer in Rock Hill, SC, from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you recover damages from the responsible party or parties and their insurers.
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Understanding the Moped Laws in South Carolina
South Carolina has specific laws governing the use of mopeds on the state’s roads and highways. In November 2018, these new moped laws received a major overhaul. Most notably, the new laws change the classification of mopeds from bicycles to motor vehicles. As a result, riders now must be licensed and must register their mopeds with the state DMV.
Moped operators must follow the same traffic rules and regulations as other motorists, and they have the same rights to the road, with three exceptions:
- Mopeds are allowed only on roads with speed limits of 55 and under.
- Mopeds must travel in the far-right lane other than when turning left.
- Moped drivers younger than 21 must wear a helmet at all times.
All drivers in South Carolina have an implied duty to watch out for others on the road and to obey all traffic laws. Anyone who fails to uphold this duty and causes an accident may be held liable for resulting damages.
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Determining Who Was Responsible for Your Moped Accident Injuries
Sometimes a moped accident has an obvious responsible party, such as when a driver blows through a red light and strikes a rider. But other times, it takes some investigating to determine who is liable. There may, in some cases, be more than one responsible party.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers works to identify all potentially responsible parties and hold them liable for your moped accident injuries. Our job is to see to it that you get paid the compensation you deserve.
Our moped accident attorneys in Rock Hill, SC, can identify and hold liable any of the following parties, depending on the details of your case:
If your moped accident was the result of a collision with another vehicle, the first person we will look at is the driver of that car, bus, or truck. We will:
- Examine police reports
- Talk to witnesses
- Review photo and video footage
- Reconstruct the accident
We will do whatever else is necessary to paint an accurate picture of what happened. If the other driver violated a traffic law or acted negligently in any way, we can hold them liable for your injuries.
We have seen many moped accidents caused by a vehicle passenger. What often happens is the passenger is in a car that is parallel-parked next to a bike lane and opens their car door into the path of an oncoming moped or bicycle, causing the rider to crash. In scenarios such as these, we can show how the passenger exhibited negligence by failing to check before opening the door.
Property Owners and Managers
When hazardous conditions on private property, such as potholes or poor lighting, contribute to moped accidents, we can hold the owner or manager liable under South Carolina’s premises liability laws, which require properties to be kept in safe condition and dangerous situations to be swiftly addressed.
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Building a Winning Claim for Moped Accident Liability
We can help you build a compelling liability claim for your moped accident injuries. A successful claim is one that demonstrates that:
- The other party owed you a specific duty of care;
- The party did not uphold their specific duty to you;
- This breach in duty caused the accident;
- You suffered injuries and incurred damages as a result of the accident.
The Other Party Owed You a Specific Duty of Care
If the party was another driver, they had an implied duty of care to you (and to every other motorist on the road). If they were a property owner or manager, they had a duty to keep their property safe and to warn you of any hazardous conditions. In any other situation, we can investigate and determine the party’s specific duty to you.
The Other Party Did Not Uphold Their Duty to You
We must demonstrate that the other party failed to uphold their specific duty to you. This failure typically involves negligence of some kind. We will collect evidence that makes the other party’s negligence clear.
You Suffered Injuries and Incurred Damages
We also must demonstrate that, more likely than not, the other party’s negligence caused your injuries, which resulted in economic and non-economic damages.
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Our Moped Accident Lawyers Can Help You Recover Fair Compensation
Our Rock Hill, SC, moped accident lawyers fight for fair compensation, which could include money to pay for your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
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George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers wants to get started on your moped accident case today. We can help you hold the responsible party liable and recover the compensation you deserve. Call us or fill out our online form for a free consultation with a Rock Hill moped accident lawyer today.
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