Few experiences match the joy and excitement of taking to South Carolina’s roadways on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, an enjoyable day of riding can turn into a life altering tragedy in the blink of an eye. Our founding attorney, Mr. Curtis Bostic, is himself an avid rider who understands the important issues involved in representing motorcycle accident victims in Charleston. Together, he will work with our award-winning Bostic Law Group, P.A. team to win compensation that will help you recover.
THE DANGERS OF RIDING A MOTORCYCLE
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motorcycle crash is a complex event involving the interaction of human beings, one or more vehicles (including a motorcycle), and other environmental factors.
Some of the main factors that contribute to or are symptomatic of a motorcycle accident include:
- Improper road maintenance
- Weather conditions
- Mechanical failures of the motorcycle
- Damaged or broken car mirrors
- Careless or negligent drivers
- Manufacture or design defect
- Improperly performed repair work
The only thing protecting a motorcycle rider is his or her clothing and a helmet, which puts them most at risk in an accident. In fact, more than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist. The motorcycle itself provides no injury protection to the rider or passenger. Ejection from the motorcycle is common, and if a motorcycle comes to a sudden stop, the rider can be thrown, causing the rider to strike objects and the ground.
Automobile drivers will often overlook motorcycles while on the road, putting them further at risk. A car may pull out in front of you, change lanes or take a sudden left-hand turn without seeing you, or make another choice that puts you and your passengers in danger.
DO YOU HAVE TO WEAR A MOTORCYCLE HELMET IN SOUTH CAROLINA?
Riders under the age of 21 are required to wear a motorcycle helmet, this includes passengers. If you are under 21 and don’t wear a helmet, you can face a fine of up to $100, or even 30 days of jail. Riders who are 21 or older can choose whether or not to wear a helmet.
However, wearing a helmet greatly improves your safety when riding a motorcycle. When you aren’t wearing a helmet, you open yourself up to serious injuries or death. A motorcycle offers next to no protection in the event you are in an accident. A vehicle, on the other hand, has significantly more protection and safety features. When you’re on a motorcycle, all you have is the gear you’re wearing to protect you.
AGGRESSIVELY PURSUING MAXIMUM COMPENSATION FOR YOUR LOSSES
According to a study by the federal government, accidents involving motorcycle drivers were 35 times more likely to result in death than accidents involving cars. This is why we strive to educate motorcyclists about what causes motorcycle accidents so they can be proactive in minimizing their risk. Yet, even the cautious and attentive rider could still be involved in an accident caused by another person’s negligence.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to consult with an attorney immediately. The serious nature of the injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents makes it imperative that you receive help and be compensated for your losses as quickly as possible. Even a seemingly minor accident can result in catastrophic brain injury, paralysis, or death.
With bikers enjoying limited protection while riding, a motorcycle accident can lead to very serious injuries and medical conditions, including:
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain and head injuries
To help you recover compensation for the losses you sustained in the accident, our Charleston motorcycle accident attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation of the events leading to the accident, sometimes going as far as hiring an accident expert to recreate the scene. Any evidence of negligence on the part of the other driver will then be used to attempt to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company involved.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, we can help. By calling us quickly after the accident, you dramatically improve your chances of obtaining compensation because our staff will immediately begin collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.