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South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, don’t fight your case alone. We are dedicated and will fight to win for our clients. We will represent your interests and work tirelessly so you get the compensation you deserve.

We want you to know that you won’t ride alone in court if you bring your motorcycle accident case to HawkLaw. Contact us through our live chat or call 888-HAWKLAW.

Helping Injured Motorcyclists Explore Their Legal Options For Collisions Causing Severe Injuries

Both visitors and residents alike enjoy the rush of adrenaline they get from riding their motorcycles on the beautiful open roads of South Carolina. If you are a biker, the thrill is undeniable, but so are the potential dangers that can result in catastrophic injuries or even wrongful death.

When a negligent driver is responsible for the harm to you or a loved one, they need to be held legally accountable. That is why you need a motorcycle accident lawyer who won’t just negotiate for an adequate settlement on your behalf. You need a South Carolina law firm ready to take on the fight.

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Why Choose HawkLaw’s Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

People are never as open and free on the road as they are when riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, that same openness leaves you exposed to potentially serious injuries should the worst occur. Motorcycles do not have the protection of a car or truck, which can be devastating in a collision.

We want you to know that you won’t be alone in court if you bring your motorcycle accident case to HawkLaw. We’ll fight to get you fair and just compensation. Call 888-HAWKLAW today or use our contact form, and we will get to work right away!

Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents in South Carolina

Motorcycle accidents may seem unavoidable at times — an inherent risk of driving. However, the truth is that many motorists are injured in collisions that were entirely preventable. Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and what to be aware of when you are on the road as a biker or driving a passenger vehicle.

  • Distracted drivers who are texting and driving or otherwise operating their vehicles without fully paying attention to the road
  • Negligent drivers who fail to take into account that bikers have as much right to the road as passenger vehicles
  • Blind spots in either the motorcyclist’s view or the other driver’s
  • Environmental hazards, such as road construction or inclement weather
  • Speeding or otherwise driving recklessly
  • Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs

You will need to understand South Carolina’s motorcycle accident laws to ensure you qualify for maximum compensation. HawkLaw’s trained, compassionate attorneys are well-versed in these laws, and we have successfully earned millions of dollars* in helping victims of vehicular accident claims all across the state.

Types Of Compensation That May Be Available After Motorcycle Traffic Accidents

There are multiple types of financial restitution your personal injury attorney can help you recover after a motorcycle accident that caused serious injuries. This compensation may include but is not limited to:

  • Coverage for inpatient medical bills and/or outpatient medical treatment
  • Reimbursement of medical expenses already paid out during recovery
  • Reimbursement for lost wages
  • Property damage, if the collision resulted in damage to a vehicle(s) and/or personal property
  • Reimbursement of attorney’s fees, if applicable
  • Funeral expenses in the case of motorcycle accident fatalities and wrongful death
  • Compensation for pain and suffering caused by severe injuries
  • Punitive damages in cases where a negligent driver can be shown to have acted egregiously

What To Know About Motorcycle Accident Laws in South Carolina

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A series of regulations govern the safe operation of motorcycles in South Carolina. Any biker who wants to preserve their interests in the case of a motorcycle accident should familiarize themselves with these regulations. After a collision, it’s imperative to speak with a South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer familiar with state guidelines and how they may affect personal injury cases.

About South Carolina’s Helmet Laws

Many of South Carolina’s motorcycle safety laws are in place to help reduce catastrophic injuries, particularly for young riders. Here are a few laws in place that specifically apply to bikers under the age of 21:

  • Helmets are mandatory.
  • Each side of a bike helmet must have reflectors.
  • Protective eye coverings are mandatory unless the motorcycle has a windscreen.
  • Motorcyclists are required to carry minimum coverage insurance.

While South Carolina law does not require riders over the age of 21 to wear a helmet, it is always a good idea since headgear offers significant protection from injury in the event of a serious motorcycle accident. However, even if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, this does not prevent you from pursuing a claim under South Carolina motorcycle laws. It is important for any driver or passenger who was injured to speak to a South Carolina personal injury attorney to talk about the specifics related to your case.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The kinds of motorcycle accident injuries the human body can endure in such a collision are shocking, and unfortunately, many of them are completely debilitating or even unsurvivable. Some of the most frequently seen injuries in motorcycle riders after a crash include:

If you are a biker who was involved in a motorcycle crash, it’s crucial that you get medically cleared, even if you feel fine after the collision. Adrenaline can mask pain, and other serious injuries may not be immediately noticeable. Get checked out no matter what, but the following symptoms are of particular concern and generally require emergency medical treatment:

Bone Fractures

  • Swelling or bruising over a bone
  • Deformity of a bodily limb
  • Pain in the injured area that gets worse when touched
  • Loss of function in the injured area
  • Bones protruding from the skin

Spinal Injuries

  • Breathing problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of voluntary muscle movement in chest, arms, or legs
  • Loss of bowel and bladder function
  • Numbness in chest, arms, or legs

Internal Bleeding

  • Dizziness
  • Severe weakness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Acute visual problems
  • Numbness
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Severe headache


  • Neck pain
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Difficulty with neck movement
  • Headaches
  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulder
  • Upper back or arm tightness

What Kind of Personal Injury Claim Can I File?

In the state of South Carolina, under the law, you can file a claim for both economic and non-economic damages.

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Economic Damages

Economic damages include easily quantifiable expenses, including the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are more abstract and difficult to quantify, such as the following:

  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium

A knowledgeable South Carolina personal injury lawyer can offer a free case review* and look at the circumstances surrounding your accident and determine what your case may be worth.

A Quick Checklist of Evidence to Collect After a Motorcycle Wreck

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In the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, it is important to collect what evidence you can. Take a look at this quick checklist of vital evidence to collect.

  • Driver Information: You will need to collect contact information for any other drivers who are involved, including their name, number/email, and insurance information.
  • Vehicle Information: Take note of all the vehicles that were involved in the accident (make, model, color, plate number), and take pictures of them and their damage if possible.
  • Geographical Information: Gather specific details about the accident scene, including road conditions, potholes, road signs, and traffic lights.
  • Photo and Video Evidence: If you are able, use your phone to record as much as you can about the scene of the accident, as photos and video offer useful evidence for your case.

Call A South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorney For A Free Consultation Today*

After being hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be wondering how you will move forward. Life won’t ever be the same, but with the help of an experienced South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer, you can pursue a claim for the support and compensation you need to begin a difficult recovery and look toward brighter days ahead with experienced representation and legal advice with a communicative attorney-client relationship.

Our Client-Focused Motorcycle Accident Legal Process

Call 888-HAWKLAW or use our contact form, and we will get to work right away.* It’s that easy. Take a closer look at the process.

  • Free consultation*
  • Investigation into your accident
  • Collecting relevant evidence for your case
  • Contact the insurance company or at-fault party to try and get a fair settlement
  • Take the fight to court if a fair settlement cannot be reached

All you have to do as a client is provide the information we need such as medical records, and be honest about any information you convey. Additionally, you will need to be responsive during the discovery process if your case makes it that far. Aside from that, our legal team will take care of almost everything else for you.

A Free Consultation* is Just the Start of Our Dedicated Legal Representation

HawkLaw understands that crashes impact not only motorcycle accident victims’ physical health but also their mental and emotional well-being. We have offices in Charleston, Columbia, Spartanburg, and Greenville in order to serve the entire state of South Carolina. Even if you live in a city not directly near our offices, like in Rock Hill, Myrtle Beach, Lexington, or Summerville, we can still take on your case.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident on any part of South Carolina’s roadways or are dealing with the motorcycle accident death of a loved one, we want to help you. Give our team a call at 888-HAWKLAW for a free case evaluation* or fill out our online contact form to get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do after a motorcycle collision?
br> DO NOT ADMIT FAULT. Do not make any comments about what might have happened to cause the crash. Do not apologize. If emergency medical services are unnecessary, contact the police instead. If the police choose not to respond to a minor incident, you should go down to your local station to make a police report yourself. A police report is a critical piece of information that you will then later provide to your HawkLaw motorcycle accident lawyer.
How is Fault Determined in South Carolina?
In South Carolina, fault is determined by demonstrating negligence on behalf of the at-fault party. To demonstrate negligence, you must show four different aspects of the accident.
  • The at-fault party had a duty of care to you.
  • Their actions violated that duty of care.
  • Their violation of that duty led to the accident.
  • The accident directly caused the injuries you suffered.
How Long After a Motorcycle Accident Can I Claim an Injury?
In South Carolina, the statute of limitations is three years. What this means is victims can file a motorcycle accident claim on or before three years from the date of the accident in the state’s civil court system. Ideally, you should file your motorcycle accident claim as soon as you can following an accident. However, if you’ve sustained serious injuries that require medical treatment and time spent in the hospital, you should wait until after the treatment is complete.
  • Get in contact with a lawyer early to help meet all necessary deadlines
  • Attorneys take time to compile a case, so leave them as much time as possible
  • A contingency fee-based lawyer like those at HawkLaw does not cost you anything upfront.
Can I File a Claim for a Motorcycle Accident if I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet?
Yes, you can file a claim for a motorcycle accident even if you were not wearing a helmet. As a disclaimer, if you are over the age of 21, a helmet is not even legally required. If you are under the age of 21, you can still file with the argument that the other driver’s negligence led to the accident in the first place. It is possible that the opposition will use you not wearing a helmet against you, but you will be in a better position to fight back with a South Carolina motorcycle accident attorney on your side.
How Much Can I Expect From a Motorcycle Accident Settlement?
The amount of money you can receive in a motorcycle accident claim depends on the severity of your injuries and the cost of treating those injuries. Speak with your motorcycle accident attorney about your potential earnout to arrive at a fair and just number to push for during your claim process. Remember that both economic and non-economic damages can be claimed in a motorcycle accident claim, so do not forget to get a full account of the damages suffered.

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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.