Representing Victims Injured In Motorcycle Accidents In South Carolina
When a motorcycle is on roads and highways in South Carolina, the biker has all the rights and responsibilities of any other motor vehicle. But without the protection of a larger vehicle, if a biker is in an accident or crash or gets hit by a car, the motorcyclist is the most likely to sustain serious injuries. In addition, in a motorcycle crash, it’s not always easy to figure out what happened or what went wrong. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, our team at Koon Cook & Walters, LLC, in Columbia, approaches every case with compassion to help you through your recovery. Our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to fully pursue your claim and fight for your right to damages for your injuries.
Determining Fault For A Motorcycle Crash In South Carolina
South Carolina is an “at-fault” state when it comes to car crashes and motor vehicle accidents, meaning that when an accident occurs, if you are less than 50% at fault, you may file a claim with the other party’s insurance company. South Carolina also uses a comparative negligence formula, which means that if any part of the accident was your fault, your calculated damages are reduced by the percentage you were at fault. Therefore, it becomes important in a motorcycle crash to determine exactly what happened and who caused what. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Driving under the influence
- Opening a car door without checking for a motorcycle as it approaches
- Switching lanes without being seen
- Making left-hand turns
- Splitting the lane
South Carolina allows motorcycles to ride side-by-side and share a lane. However, lane-splitting is banned in South Carolina. Lane-splitting is when a motorcyclist drives on the line between two lanes, usually between two cars and most often during congested traffic.
Why You Need A Personal Injury Attorney For A Motorcycle Accident
Whenever comparative negligence is involved in determining who is at fault for a motorcycle accident, legal representation protects your rights for recovery. An experienced motorcycle lawyer can help determine who was at fault for the accident and protect you against unfair allegations. With experienced personal injury attorneys fighting on your behalf and advocating for you, you will have the best chance to recover monetary damages for your accident injuries.
Motorcycle Fatalities In South Carolina
In South Carolina, motorcycle fatalities are on the rise. With 154 deaths in 2021, the state recorded the highest number of fatalities since 1980. If someone you loved was killed in a fatal motorcycle accident, we can help. You may have a claim for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Founded in 1991, the personal injury attorneys at Koon Cook & Walters, LLC, have decades of experience. We have the resources needed to investigate and help determine who was at fault in your motorcycle crash. We will work hard to negotiate with insurance companies and obtain a settlement on your behalf, but we also fight for your rights to recover financial compensation if a trial becomes necessary.
Injured In A Biker Accident? Don’t Wait. Call Today.
Strict filing deadlines and a statute of limitations apply for personal injury claims and motor vehicle accidents. Don’t wait. Call us today at 803-991-0685 or send an email using our website form to schedule your free, no-obligation initial consultation. We want to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.