Columbia Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle Accident Claims in South Carolina
Riding a motorcycle is a very dangerous activity. But often, it’s not the speed of a bike or the complexity of handling these vehicles that leads to injury — it’s the negligence of other drivers. A person who is not watching for motorcycles and is not driving carefully around them can easily cause a collision, and leave a vulnerable, unprotected rider with severe injuries. Motorcycle accidents are some of the most damaging types of motor vehicle accidents that occur today.
The Columbia motorcycle accident lawyers of Woron and Dhillon, LLC are committed to helping injury victims recover. We are prepared to provide the strong representation and legal guidance you need at this time. Contact us today to discuss the details of your case.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics in South Carolina
According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, there were 2,278 motorcycle accidents in the state in 2017. In those collisions, 117 people died and 1,996 people were injured. In 2018, 104 motorcyclists were killed in South Carolina, as reported by The State. Approximately 140 motorcyclists were killed in 2019.
South Carolina Motorcycle Laws
As in most states, South Carolina requires a special license for motorcyclists. Riders must first get a learner’s permit, and then must obtain a “Class M” driver’s license. There is an exception for three-wheeled motorcycles, which require their own special license to operate.
Helmets and eye protection are only required for motorcycle riders under the age of 21 in South Carolina. All riders in the state who are over 21 years old can legally choose not to wear a helmet if they wish.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Like car accidents, motorcycle accidents can be caused by reckless driving as well as third-party factors. The root cause of most of these issues is negligence. No matter what caused your motorcycle accident, it is likely that the carelessness of another person is to blame. Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Columbia can evaluate the details of your collision to determine the cause of your injuries and who is at fault.
A motorcycle accident can be caused by:
- Reckless driving and drivers violating traffic laws
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Distracted driving
- Road conditions
- Inclement weather
- Maintenance issues and defective vehicle parts
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists have virtually no bodily protection if they are involved in a collision. They do not have anything surrounding them, like in a car, and motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles. These factors mean that motorcycle accidents almost always result in severe injury, or death. The negligence of a driver or other party has the potential to completely disrupt the life of vulnerable motorcycle riders.
Injuries that commonly result from motorcycle accidents may include:
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe bruising
- Broken bones
- Damage to internal organs/internal bleeding
- Loss of limb/amputation
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