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South Carolina Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Riding a bicycle is something we can all appreciate as far back as our childhoods. But it can be perilous if drivers are not cautious on the road. That’s why we’re here to Fight to Win and prop you back up in a fight for fair compensation. Simply call 888-HAWKLAW or talk to us using our live chat and our team will get to work.

HawkLaw’s Bicycle Accident Lawyers Help You Hold Others To Account

One of the best ways to exercise and appreciate the great outdoors is to go on a bike ride. Bicycles are convenient ways to get around town, especially in larger cities with heavy traffic, and they’re also more environmentally friendly modes of transportation. Yet, there is the potential for serious injury in the event you are ever involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 846 cyclists were fatally injured in 2019 alone. The potential for serious injuries and even fatalities exists on South Carolina roadways, as well.

Unlike drivers, bicyclists do not have the protection of a full metal vehicle to shield them from injury. Cyclists only have the clothes they wear and the helmets on their heads, potentially exposing them to significant bodily injury or harm. Cyclists stand to take the brunt of injuries in a road accident, and you deserve to receive fair and equitable compensation for those injuries.

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Why Choose HawkLaw’s Bicycle Injury Attorneys

HawkLaw fully stands behind the bicycle rules of the road that protect you and other cyclists from dangerous, reckless, or negligent drivers. Our experienced bicycle accident attorneys are immersed in South Carolina’s bicycle laws, and we use that knowledge to always put you first and represent your interests to the best of our abilities in pursuit of fair and just compensation.

Everyone should feel safe enough to go out and ride a bike whenever they choose to do so. In the event that you are in a bicycle accident and become the victim of a personal injury, we want you to know that you do not have to face that experience alone. As a digital-first law firm, you can get your case initiated immediately* so we can start fighting for you. Call 888-HAWKLAW today or use our live chat, and we’ll get to work right away!

Common Causes of Bicycle Injuries

Here are the most common causes of bike injuries.

Hit-and-Run Accidents

One of the most common causes of bicycle accidents is hit-and-runs. Drivers who are negligent or reckless hit a cyclist and drive away without stopping to check on the victim. The consequences of these incidents can be as serious as broken bones, head injuries, or spinal damage.

Hazards in the Road

Hazards that disrupt the flow of the road can be difficult to see, especially for cyclists. Also, since cyclists have little to no protection, hazards are very dangerous for them. Road hazards can be responsible for scrapes, cuts, lesions, and other injuries – similar to slip-and-fall accidents.

Road Rage

Drivers who succumb to road rage are among the most dangerous people on the road, according to one South Carolina Deputy County Sheriff. Cyclists are most at risk of dangerous road rage drivers due to the lack of protection on a bicycle.

Bicycle Equipment Malfunctions

Like any piece of equipment, bicycle frames, handlebars, pedals, and wheels all have a useful shelf life. Though, if those materials malfunction long before they should, you could end up in a potentially dangerous situation that causes bodily injury.

Dog Bite & Chase Incidents

In some cases, a bicycle injury occurs when a neighborhood dog chases after you as you begin your ride. A rather large dog could knock you off the bike or cause a painful dog bite that requires medical treatment.

Can I Sue Someone for a Bike Accident in South Carolina?

A cyclist who suffered injuries in a bicycle crash involving a motor vehicle can sue the driver if they were at fault. A personal injury lawsuit might not be necessary, however, if you are able to recover damages from the driver’s insurance company. Personal injury attorneys are often able to settle claims with insurers, saving their clients from having to go to court.

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Are Bicyclists Ever at Fault in South Carolina?

Bicyclists and motorists are subject to the same traffic laws in South Carolina. Either could be legally at fault for an accident. Both bicycle riders and vehicle drivers must abide by right of way rules at intersections, for example.

Additional rules may specifically apply to bicycles. Cyclists may have to remain in bicycle lanes whenever possible. Reflectors and other safety equipment might be required when riding at night. Failure to abide by these rules could result in a cyclist being legally at fault if an accident occurs.

Will My Car Insurance Cover My Bicycle Accident in South Carolina?

If you are injured while riding a bicycle, your own car insurance is not likely to cover your injuries, although it cannot hurt to ask. Your injuries might be covered by provisions in a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. Your other option is health insurance. In a bike crash involving a motor vehicle, the other driver’s auto insurance policy should cover your damages as long as the driver was at fault.

What Should I Do Immediately After a Bicycle Accident in South Carolina?

You must move quickly to protect your rights after a bicycle accident.

1. Seek Medical Attention

Bicycle collisions can cause serious injuries, even when there are no fatalities. Traumatic brain injuries are common, and might not be apparent immediately after an accident. It is critically important to seek medical attention.

2. Call the Police

The police will investigate the accident scene and write a report, which could be useful in your legal claim.

3. Collect Evidence

If possible, take pictures of the accident scene and your injuries. Try to get the names and contact information of witnesses. Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the accident.

4. Notify Your Insurance Provider

Your insurance policy might cover your injuries. You can review your policy to see about coverage options.

5. Seek Legal Advice From a Personal Injury Attorney

An attorney can advise you of your legal rights after an accident. They can also discuss your legal options with regard to recovering medical expenses and other damages.

We Know How To Get You Compensation For Your Bicycle Accident

Bicycle accident injuries can be severe and debilitating for both you and your loved ones. HawkLaw operates out of four offices in order to serve the entire state of South Carolina. That means even if you live in areas like Myrtle Beach, Sumter, or Rock Hill, you can still schedule a free case evaluation* with us. We will come to you. Contact a South Carolina bicycle accident lawyer to set up a free consultation* to discuss your case today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a fair settlement for my bike accident?
A bicycle accident causes injury that most likely requires medical attention. You’ll likely require time off from work to heal from the treatment as you cope with ongoing physical pain and other monetary and nonmonetary losses. You might not consider all of these factors for a bicycle accident, but they all add into any claim you file from the injury.
How do I prove the driver was at fault for my bike accident?
It is not uncommon for police respondents to lay the blame of an accident involving a bicycle on the cyclist themself. Thankfully, police reports will not be admissible in court for a bike accident, placing the outcome of the case squarely on the evidence and the investigation. That’s why a digital-first law firm like HawkLaw, which has an in-house investigative team that conducts thorough investigative work, will help you build the case you need to prove your claim.
Can I still file a claim for a bike accident injury if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Under South Carolina’s bicycle laws, cyclists are not legally required to wear protective gear, including helmets. Insurers may try to counter your claim by stating that you contributed to the severity of the accident by not wearing a helmet. However, you can still proceed with your case and your South Carolina bicycle accident lawyer will argue for full compensation, regardless of what protective gear you may or may not have worn at the time of the accident.
Where does HawkLaw represent clients?
HawkLaw represents clients throughout the entire state of South Carolina. With offices in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Spartanburg, HawkLaw is the bike accident law firm South Carolina turns to for legal representation.

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John D. Hawkins
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John Hawkins is the Founder and CEO of HawkLaw He has been licensed to practice law in South Carolina since his graduation with honors in 1994 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was on the Law Review and Order of Wig and Robe.