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What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Charleston, SC?
While drivers of both motorcycles and cars face similar situations that cause accidents, motorcyclists are particularly at-risk for accidents caused by distracted or careless drivers. The most common accident that can be devastating for motorcyclists is when a driver turns left in front of the motorcycle. Drivers are not usually looking for motorcycles on the road and tend to "miss" them or underestimate their speed when trying to make a turn. There are also instances where the motorcycle is in the driver's blind spot or there are other things obstructing the driver's clear view of the motorcycle. Lastly, it has been reported that some motorcycle accidents have ocurred as a result of defective motorcycle equipment, which have caused serious injuries to the driver.
If you were in a Charleston motorcycle accident and need help figuring out what steps to take next, you should consider contacting an experienced Charleston motorcycle accident lawyer. Shelly Leeke has been representing accident victims for nearly a decade and will be able to get you the compensation that you deserve. Call 1-888-690-0211 today in order to set up a free consultation appointment.
What is a safe following distance for motorcycles in South Carolina?
When driving behind a motorcycle in South Carolina, you should keepthe same following distance as you would for a car. It does not hurt to give extra distance for a motorcycle, considering the fact that a rear-end accident for a motorcycle can cause greater damage and injury than it would with a car. Along the same lines, if a motoryclist is driving behind you, you should be very cautious about breakingsuddenly.This action could cause the motorcyclist to hit you and be ejected from his motorcycle, which would result in great bodily injury. By being more aware of motorcycles on the road, you have the potential to prevent a deadly accident from happening. In order to be the best driver or rider that you can be, familiarize yourself with South Carolina motorcycle laws.
If you have been injured in a South Carolina motorcycle accident, you should contact a South Carolina accident attorney, who will be able to file a claim against the negligent party. The dedicated staff at Shelly Leeke Law Firm has been representing motorcycle accident victims and their families in South Carolina for nearly a decade. Call us now at 1-888-690-0211 to set up a free consultation!
How many people are injured or killed in the United States in motorcycle accidents?
Studies show that nearly 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents in the United States have an outcome of injury or death. This includes around 2,000 motorcyclists with accident related deaths and around 50,000 injured.
Who can sue for a motorcycle accident injury and death case in South Carolina?
In South Carolina, a claim may be filed by motorcycle operators and passengers alike. Certain states have different rules pertaining to what guidelines must be met in order to file a claim. It can help to speak with an accident attorney in your state to ensure that these guidelines are followed.
Who can be held responsible for injuries or death to motorcycle operators and passengers?
Whoever is found to be the at-fault party or to have contributed to the crash can be held responsible. This is typically found to be the driver or the car or truck involved in a motorcycle crash. If the operator of the motorcycle is found to be at fault, s/he can be held responsible for injuries to the passenger.
What if a loved one has been killed as the result of a South Carolina motorcycle accident that was not their fault?
Sadly, death is the outcome for many motorcyclists involved in crashes. When this type of tragedy strikes, a family member of the deceased may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. If someone you love has died due to a motorcycle , the best thing to do is seek legal assistance from a qualified South Carolina injury lawyer. It is crucial that you do this as soon as possible, since the statue of limitations can affect your claim and the outcome.
What can I do if I was injured because of a defect in my motorcycle?
A claim may be brought against the manufacturer of a motorcycle if it is found that a defect caused the death that resulted in injury or death. If we represent you in your claim, Shelly Leeke Law Firm will conduct a thorough investigation to determine if a manufacturing defect was present. Important note: In cases such as these, the motorcycle itself can be the most important piece of evidence in your claim. Do not discard the motorcycle after the accident. It will need to be investigated for evidence of how the defect caused the crash that resulted in injury or death.
What can I do if a defective roadway or unmaintained roadway caused a South Carolina motorcycle accident?
Roadway defects such as uneven pavement, potholes, too-tight curves, lack of signage, or poor upkeep account for a small percentage of motorcycle accidents. Roads are required by law to be safely designed and maintained; when they poorly maintained or designed, state legislature and other entities can be held liable for causing an accident.
Is an investigation of my motorcycle accident case important?
A prompt investigation is essential due to both the statute of limitations and the insurance company's need to attempt to prove the motorcyclist at fault so that they may decrease the value of the claim.
I did not carry insurance on my motorcycle. Can I still sue the driver who hit me?
Yes. Although it is recommended that you retain insurance at all times, lack of insurance on your motorcycle will not hinder your claim against the driver at fault.