South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable motorists on South Carolina’s roads. Traveling without a cage of steel around them, or even a helmet in some cases, riders may feel liberated, but they’re also at risk for a serious motorcycle personal injury in the event of a crash.
Other drivers’ indifference or even outright prejudice or hostility toward bikers increase their vulnerability. Drivers often report “not seeing” motorcycles that are right in front of them. Even if they do take the time to notice motorcycles, some drivers fail to respect motorcyclists’ equal right to use the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports bikers are 30 times more likely to die in a vehicle crash than drivers of cars or trucks, and five times more likely to be injured. Motorcycle crashes are also going up nationwide, according to NHTSA. Between 2001 and 2010, the agency reported a 41 percent increase in the number of motorcycle fatalities.
With 80+ years of experience handling motorcycle accident cases across South Carolina. Our Columbia motorcycle accident lawyers can help determine what happened and if you have a case.
Talk to an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The Louthian Law Firm can help if you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina. Our lawyers offer free case evaluations to review the details of your claim together – and there is no fee, unless we win your case.
Contact the Louthian Law Firm in Columbia today toll free at (803) 454-1200 for a free evaluation of your case. You can also fill out our online contact form.
About South Carolina Motorcycle Accidents
In 2010, 4,502 motorcyclists were killed in the United States — a slight increase from the 4,469 motorcyclists killed in 2009, according to the most recent statistics from NHTSA. This accounts for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, even though motorcycles make up only 3 percent of all registered vehicles. There were 82,000 motorcyclists injured during 2010, a decrease from 90,000 in 2009.
Tragically, motorcycle accident fatalities were up in South Carolina in recent years, according to the recent statistics from the SC Department of Public Safety. Motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of 102 people in South Carolina in 2011, an increase over 82 in 2010. Early data from 2012 indicated that the growing death toll for motorcycle riders was not changing. The upswing in motorcycle accident deaths in South Carolina runs counter to the general trend of fewer overall highway fatalities.
There are many factors driving the surging casualty rate among South Carolina motorcyclists. Research shows that one of the main causes is not the motorcyclists, but rather other motorists on the road. The definitive report on the causes of motorcycle accidents, the Hurt Report, shows that about three-quarters of all motorcycle accidents are multi-vehicle accidents. Two-thirds of those — half of all motorcycle accidents — are caused by the driver of the other vehicle violating the motorcycle’s right-of-way, often by turning left in front of an oncoming bike.
This matches the NHTSA’s 2010 report on motorcycle accidents, which shows that about half of all crashes are multi-vehicle collisions, and the vast majority of those are impacts to the front of the motorcycle. The report also indicates that in 39 percent of two-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle, the other vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing or overtaking another vehicle.
When other motorists fail to see motorcyclists or don’t take the care they should to avoid a crash, they’re failing in their legal duty to drive safely. When that failure causes a death or a serious, life-altering injury, it devastates the rider and his or her family. The negligent driver can and should be held legally liable for the rider’s injuries. Our Columbia motorcycle accident lawyers handle bike crashes and injury lawsuits across South Carolina. No fee, unless our attorneys win compensation for you.
Other motorcycle accidents can be attributed to bad roadway design that limits visibility or substandard roadway maintenance that puts bikers at the mercy of potholes, debris, pooling water and other obstacles. Loose animals, especially dogs, also pose a threat to riders. In some cases, defects in the motorcycle itself or one of its parts are to blame for the wreck. All of these problems are likely the result of other people’s carelessness — whether it’s the carelessness of a motorcycle manufacturer, a pet owner, the South Carolina Department of Transportation or a local government agency charged with maintaining safe roads.
Motorcycle wrecks may be over in a flash, but they’re often not simple. The aftermath of a motorcycle crash can be complicated by the bad behavior of the other driver, government agencies or even your own insurance company. Some insurance companies will try to frame motorcyclists as irresponsible when the truth is that most bikers are very cautious on the road.
There are also many complex legal issues that can arise, even in motorcycle accidents that don’t cause a serious injury. If you’re dealing with fallout from a motorcycle wreck, you should speak with the experienced South Carolina motorcycle injury attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm.
Get Help From A South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Our experienced accident attorneys have represented the rights of motorcycle accident victims and others injured in South Carolina since 1959. We are committed to providing personalized service while aggressively pursuing your claim.
At the Louthian Law Firm, we know our clients are often at a difficult time in their lives. We can help our clients recover fair compensation for a serious motorcycle crash, including money to pay medical bills, repair costs, missed work and other financial costs the accident caused; compensation for a serious injury or permanent disability; and compensation for pain and suffering. Because we know how financially devastating a South Carolina motorcycle accident can be, we will not charge you a fee until your case is won.
For a free evaluation of your case, call the Columbia motorcycle accident lawyers at the Louthian Law Firm today toll free at (803) 454-1200. You can also fill out our confidential online case evaluation form.