Motorcycles are unique and fun vehicles, but they come with some inherent risks that every rider should know. Motorcycle accidents are generally more fatal than accidents involving typical passenger vehicles. Riders must use caution and wear safety equipment whenever possible, and other motorists need to remain vigilant on the road and be mindful of motorcycles’ smaller size. This is especially the case during the holiday periods each year, as motor vehicle travel increases, thus improving the chances for accidents and/or fatalities during the holidays.
A motorcyclist who is not wearing a helmet will likely suffer serious injuries in a crash. South Carolina’s helmet law states that any riders under the age of 21 must wear a helmet. However, those riders over that age have the right to decide what safety gear is necessary. While motorcyclists can take precautions to protect themselves from accidents, it is not possible to account for every possibility on the road, and motorcyclists need to know a few things about personal injury law in the event of a crash. A Charleston motorcycle accident lawyer can be a tremendous asset after a motorcycle crash.
Motorcycles are open, unlike typical passenger cars that have doors and sturdy frames to protect passengers. When a car strikes a motorcycle, there is nothing to cushion the blow and the rider will suffer the full force of impact. Because of this, statistics have shown that motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to die in a crash than in a passenger vehicle. Additionally, motorcycles do not feature safety harnesses or other protective devices found in cars, as these devices would be ineffective due to motorcycles’ construction. Impacts often throw riders from their motorcycles, causing them to collide with the pavement, hard surfaces, or other vehicles.
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) highly recommends that all motorcycle drivers and passengers wear DOT-approved helmets, even in states without helmet laws. According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, helmets are 37% effective at preventing fatalities and 67% effective at preventing traumatic brain injuries.
Some of the most common injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes include:
If you suffered injuries on your motorcycle due to another driver’s negligence or reckless driving, a Charleston motorcycle accident lawyer can help you recover compensation for your expenses and pain suffered from the accident. Depending on the circumstances, plaintiffs in motorcycle accident lawsuits may recover compensation for:
Medical expenses. This includes hospital bills, emergency transportation fees, prescriptions, rehabilitative treatment, restorative medical procedures, and any other healthcare-related expense resulting from the crash.
Pain and suffering. Expert witnesses can testify as to the levels of pain and suffering you experienced from your injuries. While it may sound difficult to assign a dollar amount to something like this, a judge will consider expert witness testimony and determine an appropriate amount of compensation.
Lost income. A serious crash can leave you unable to return to work for an extended time, and you can typically sue for the wages you would have earned had you been able to work during that time.
Property damage. Motorcycles are smaller and more fragile than larger passenger vehicles, and you can sue for the cost of repairs or replacement.
Contact the Charleston motorcycle accident attorney team at HawkLaw if you have any questions about motorcycle accident laws in South Carolina, or if you wish to set up a consultation about your case. Let our experience and resources work for you and secure the compensation you need to return to normal life. Call us today! (843) 737-9356