Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you ride a motorcycle, you know there is nothing more freeing than the sensation of two wheels on the open road. Unfortunately, for motorcyclists in Myrtle Beach, the “Grand Strand”, the roads are filled with distracted drivers. The most common example of distracted driving is texting and driving. Distracted drivers are only one cause of the many motorcycle accidents that result in serious injuries in South Carolina.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists were about 29 times more likely to die in an accident and 4 times more likely to be injured than occupants of a passenger vehicle. These rates are often even higher among younger, less experienced riders.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another, the attorneys at Beach Injury Lawyers are here to help. Call Beach Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
The risk of death in an accident for motorcycle riders is 28 times higher than for passengers in cars. Although it’s popular to think of motorcycle drivers primarily as reckless and dangerous, this couldn’t be further from the reality. In actuality, opposing drivers’ activities frequently result in their injuries. Motorcycles are compact and vulnerable when compared to other types of transportation. So, compared to car accidents, motorcycle incidents typically have far worse outcomes.
After a motorcycle accident, it’s crucial to engage with a knowledgeable legal expert/team that can evaluate your damages and claims so that you can receive the compensation you’re due.
Typical Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents
The most frequent cause of motorcycle incidents is head-on collisions, which are preceded by vehicles performing left maneuvers in front of motorcycles. Among the other main factors in motorcycle collisions are:
- Overtaking and passing
- Impaired driving
- Unfavorable weather
- Road dangers
Whether an unforeseeable event or another motorist was to blame for the collision, you might be unsure what to do next. We have a team of knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys who can counsel you on the appropriate and optimal steps to take in order to obtain compensation for any damages that you may face.
Putting Together A Motorcycle Crash Case
The circumstances of every incident victim are generally different, but there are several constants in the work that attorneys do to develop these cases, including:
- Getting a copy of the official police report
- Getting testimony from witnesses
- Taking photographs of the incident and any injuries to use as record and evidence
- Compiling any footage or surveillance recordings of the collision
- Reconstructing the site of the incident
- Speaking with your physicians and other healthcare providers
- Examining healthcare costs, diagnoses, and recommended procedures in medical documents
- Speaking with medical professionals, accident specialists, and relevant authorities. Our lawyers will connect with you for a consultation or meeting as the initial step. They will inquire as to what transpired, and you are free to ask whatever concerns you may have about filing a claim. Whenever a claim proceeds, they will promptly start developing a case approach to obtain the best outcomes for you.
For the benefit of our clients, we leverage and maximize all of our assets and experience. We firmly agree that you should receive justice when somebody else causes a motorcycle tragedy that results in injuries.
Motorcycle Accident Types
In the path of an approaching motorcycle, a vehicle does a left turn. Motorcyclists must be seen by drivers at all times. Respecting the roadway is crucial to preventing and minimizing the risks of accidents. Sadly, reckless drivers occasionally turn left in front of motorcycles, either because they weren’t attentive enough to see and acknowledge them, perhaps they miscalculated the speed or for another other reason. A tragic collision is likely to result as the turning car hits the approaching motorcycle. Motorists must remain vigilant for motorcycles. Sharing the road is an important part of preventing accidents. A driver doesn’t give a motorcyclist complete access to a lane. The same laws that apply to other drivers also apply to motorbike riders. Occasionally, drivers impede motorbikes’ usage of the entire lane, either out of arrogance or carelessness. As a result, there is a risk that the motorcyclist will become uncontrollable.
A motorcycle and a car crash head-on. People find it easier to overlook motorcycles. If a driver uses the opportunity to glance down at their smartphone or remove their attention from the road because they believe the opposing lane of traffic is clear of all other vehicles, they risk colliding with an approaching motorcycle rider. This is but one scenario of how a head on accident might take place.
These are only a handful of the frequent motorcycle incident categories. They are numerous. Though we are interested in learning more regarding the tragedy’s specifics, negligence and recklessness are the real causes of most accident instances. That means you most likely have a case if somebody else’s negligence led to the collision that damaged you.
Establishing Liability In Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles are smaller and therefore less visible to other drivers, but that doesn’t absolve drivers who fail to notice and yield the right of way to riders. The driver who caused your accident can be held liable for your injuries if they engaged in negligent behavior, such as not checking their mirrors or following too closely.
Sometimes, another motorist might hardly be the sole one at fault. Other individuals that may be at fault for your accident depend on the cause, such as:
- Designer, producer, or assembler of motorcycles
- Designer, manufacturer, or assembler of protective equipment
- Motorway or constructions personnel
We would perform a comprehensive investigation and analysis of the collision to identify the underlying cause of your injuries.
The Health Consequences Of Motorcycle Accidents
Your physical, mental, and psychological well-being are all parts of your overall health. These injuries may appear in a variety of ways, such as:
- Head and brain trauma
- Back and spinal cord traumas
- Diseases that can be fatal or can endanger limbs as a result of laceration
- Disfigurement & scarring
- Loss of a finger, hand, arm, or leg
- Paralysis, complete or partial
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Psychological harm
- A diminished quality of living
A crash’s impact on a victim’s health might take many different forms. Investigating all the circumstances in which you have suffered hurt — financially, physically, mentally — is a key component of what our lawyers do. Whenever we fully comprehend how your existence has been affected, we can seek justice and compensation or reparations on your behalf.
Medical Costs Following A Motorcycle Collision
The expense of the associated medical care might rise fast and significantly depending on the extent of the injuries. The following expenses are connected to the medical elements of your injury:
- Ride in an ambulance
- Care in an emergency room
- Grafted skin
- Reconstruction procedures
- Regular check-ins with the patient
- Physical exercise
- Speech treatment
- Rehabilitation treatment
- Language therapy
- Devices and assistive technology
- Residence alterations
- Nursing care
- Home care
Medical costs for major injuries may be extremely high and could last a lifetime.
Motorcycle Accidents Without Contact
Even if you don’t collide with another car, an accident might still occur despite your best efforts. Such collisions, also referred to as “no-contact accidents,” take place whenever a motorist applies the brakes or puts their motorcycle down to escape a collision.
The other motorist may still be held accountable for their carelessness even if there is no contact between you and your motorcycle. Careless, combative, and irresponsible conduct are examples of negligence. Examples include:
- Lane changes without using a signal
- Failure to stop at red lights
- Failing to assess blind spots
- Texting while driving
- Going beyond the maximum speed limit
It might be challenging to hold a careless motorist accountable in a no-contact accident. The motorist will probably flee the situation if they are unaware that they injured you. Our lawyers can assist you in demonstrating that another motorist’s carelessness prompted you to swerve, lose control of your bike, or lay it down, resulting in your injuries. To find and bring the at-fault motorist to justice, our lawyers would cooperate with you, potential witnesses, and authorities or law enforcement authorities.