When one of the vehicles in a collision is a motorcycle, the case is much different than a typical car crash. For one, motorcycle accidents have a greater potential to be deadly or cause serious injury. Motorcycle riders have much less protection than an automobile and laying down a bike brings the potential for catastrophic injuries. Don’t get me wrong. I love the freedom that riding a motorcycle brings. You simply can’t get the same ride and feel of a motorcycle from any other vehicle. However, danger lurks in that freedom when other drivers don’t follow the safety rules.
Motorcycle Accidents are Special
Some of the special issues involved with motorcycle crashes involve helmets, speed, and negative attribution. I’m sure you know that South Carolina law does not require riders over 21 to wear helmets. But case values and perceived fault ultimately depend on how a jury evaluates a case. Although your case statistically will not involve a trial, past jury verdicts act as a pricing guide for every case. Even when a rider’s injuries don’t include a head injury, juries want to know whether or not a victim was wearing a helmet. Additionally, a common bias that juries show is believing that a motorcycle rider was speeding at the time of the crash. Sometimes jurors believe this even when there is absolutely no indication that the rider was exceeding the speed limit. Additionally, some jurors have biases toward motorcycle riders, even when they are the victims. These biases form a negative attribution toward the whole case.
Motorcycle Accidents Usually Involve Significant Injury
Because most motorcycle crashes usually involve significant injuries, the services of a lawyer are normally advisable. A lawyer can help an injured motorcycle victim navigate their ongoing treatment, handle medical insurance issues, and deal with some of the special issues discussed above. Motorcycle wreck victims often feel anxious about dealing with the insurance company, about how to deal with mounting medical bills, and about how they will provide for their family while getting better.
South Carolina law Protects Motorcycle Riders
The law for motorcycle accidents is very similar to car accidents. South Carolina law requires drivers who break the safety rules and cause injury to a motorcycle rider to compensate the victim for the damage the rule breaker caused. South Carolina law mandates that rule-breaking drivers take responsibility for the harms and losses they cause.
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Car accident cases usually require a lawyer because of significant injury. My law firm uses a team-based approach. We can:
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