Securing a settlement after a motorcycle accident in Mt. Pleasant is critical to your future and overall well-being, but it is not always easy. A Mt. Pleasant motorcycle accident attorney from Shelly Leeke is up to the challenge and will fight to ensure you are fairly compensated for your losses.
Shelly Leeke Law Firm is available to you seven days a week, twenty-four hours per day. Contact our Mt. Pleasant personal injury lawyers quickly after your accident, and we will manage your case with efficiency and skill from start to finish.
South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Facts
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that “motorcycle riders continue to be overrepresented in fatal traffic crashes.” For the most recent full year of data collection on motorcycle accidents available, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) Traffic Safety Factbook reports:
- 1,851 motorcycle-involved collisions
- 110 fatal collisions resulting in 116 fatalities
- 1,358 injury-causing collisions resulting in 338 serious injuries and 1,230 other injuries
The reasons for these accidents vary. However, the most common reason is that motorcycles are more difficult for other drivers to see. As a result, motorcycles are more likely to be hit from behind, collide with cars that fail to yield or are hit by cars making left turns while the motorcycles approach from the opposite direction.
Poor road conditions are also especially dangerous for motorcycle operators. Loose gravel, potholes, and other roadway obstacles create perilous situations and riders can easily find themselves skidding out, toppling off balance, or pitching forward off their vehicles.
A Mt. Pleasant Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Protect You From False Blame
If you are injured as a motorcycle operator in an accident, your insurance company, and the at-fault party’s company, may already hold pre-conceived ideas about your role in the accident. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are often stereotyped as “rebels” or lawbreakers who ride too fast and put themselves in unnecessary danger.
If you speak with these adjusters, they will very likely use your words against you and somehow twist the details of your accident to fit their narrative. Their narrative always works toward paying you as little compensation as possible.
Do not fall victim to these stereotypes or to insurance companies’ unfair tactics. Instead, let your Mt. Pleasant motorcycle accident lawyer from Shelly Leeke serve as your voice and handle all communication with these parties.
South Carolina’s Fault Laws Motivate Insurance Companies
South Carolina’s modified comparative fault system works to motivate insurance companies to deflect as much blame and responsibility for the accident away from the at-fault party. They may try to blame a third party, but they will also look for ways to make you appear culpable. If they succeed, they do not have to pay you as much, or any, compensation.
For you to pursue a settlement, South Carolina law says you must be less than 51% at fault for the accident. If you are found more than 51% responsible, you cannot seek or collect compensation. If you are less than 51% at fault, you can collect, but any percentage of fault you do hold will be reduced from the total calculated settlement amount.
It is easy to see why insurance companies work so hard to inflate your culpability. You need an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Mt. Pleasant to stop these dishonest attempts, ensure the truth is upheld, and protect your settlement.
A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Mt. Pleasant Will Help Your Recovery
While your attorney will not be able to treat the physical and emotional damage your accident caused, they can help you get a settlement that covers medical care and brings other critical support and relief.
Motorcycle riders and passengers are extremely vulnerable when hit by another vehicle or colliding with obstacles or the road itself. It is not uncommon for accident victims to sustain serious or life-changing catastrophic injuries including:
- Damage to the spinal cord, possibly leading to paralysis
- Deep limb lacerations or amputations
- Trauma to the head and brain, possibly diminishing mobility and cognitive functioning
- Internal bleeding
- Crushed bones
- Serious damage to muscles, nerves, tendons, or other tissue
Clearly, such injuries have significant consequences, even beyond the physical, for victims and their households, and a motorcycle accident attorney in Mt. Pleasant will fight to bring you financial justice and relief to mitigate those consequences.
Through a fair settlement, you can recover medical costs already experienced and those you will face going forward. Your motorcycle accident lawyer in Mt. Pleasant will confer with medical experts to understand your prognosis and your continuing care needs.
You will probably lose pay because of work missed during your recovery. You may lose your income altogether if you are unable to return to work. Your lawyer will seek to recoup your lost wages and secure compensation for lost future earnings and job-related benefits.
You may face additional accident-related expenses, such as those incurred from damage to your vehicle or those required to adjust to your new limitations. For example, you might need to hire others to fulfill responsibilities you used to manage, such as childcare, house and property maintenance, or even transportation duties. Whatever your needs, your lawyer will demand a settlement adequate to cover them.
Just because it is not easy to put a dollar amount on your pain and emotional suffering does not mean you do not deserve financial acknowledgment for those consequences. Your life may be quite changed after your accident, with injuries leaving you unable to engage in activities you once enjoyed, interact with family and friends in the same way, or care for yourself independently,
The team at Shelly Leeke is compassionate and experienced in evaluating the amount of compensation victims deserve for their pain and suffering. Your motorcycle accident lawyer will assess your pain and emotional losses with empathy and precision.
Partner with Shelly Leeke for the Best Outcome Possible
When your life is upended by a motorcycle accident, you need an empathetic, accomplished Mt. Pleasant motorcycle accident lawyer to help put things back in place. Contact Shelly Leeke to arrange a free consultation with an attorney who will give you the highest-quality representation and the best outcome possible. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you.