If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, we can bring our deep understanding of these crashes to your case. We will aggressively pursue all compensation that you are due.
Contact Jebaily Law Firm today to get started with a free consultation.
What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident in South Carolina?
When you are ready to take legal action after a motorcycle crash, get in touch with our experienced accident attorneys to discuss the facts of your case. We can also answer any questions you may have about your legal rights and options.
Before you meet with us at our office in downtown Florence, we suggest that you do the following:
- Seek medical attention If you have not gone to your doctor or the emergency room, you should do so without delay. Some injuries – specifically head, internal organ and soft tissue injuries – can be difficult to detect. You need to be examined and, if necessary, started on a course of treatment.
- Get a copy of your crash report Go to the S.C. Department of Motor of Motor Vehicles website to learn how you can order a crash report online. This report can provide a wealth of information that will help to launch an investigation of your motorcycle accident.
- Gather all of your documents Collect, copy and store in a folder any medical bills, motorcycle repair bills or receipts from other accident-related expenses. You should also keep copies of insurance company correspondence.
- Decline to speak with the insurer It is highly likely that the other driver’s insurance company will call you and ask for a recorded statement or, perhaps, make a motorcycle accident settlement offer. You should refer the insurer to your attorney.
The law provides a time limit, called a Statute of Limitations, within which you must file a personal injury lawsuit after a motorcycle accident occurs. If you fail to file within the appropriate time, your case can be forever barred.
So, if you have been hurt as a result of a motorcycle crash, you should reach out to Jebaily Law Firm without delay to protect your legal rights.
Why Do You Need a Florence Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Several years ago, the Insurance Research Council conducted a study which found that the average insurance payouts for crash victims represented by a lawyer are 3.5 times higher than the payouts for those without a lawyer.
It can be especially helpful to have an attorney by your side after a motorcycle accident in South Carolina.
This is because South Carolina is a comparative negligence state. The amount you can recover in damages after a crash can be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. If you are found to be 51 percent or more at fault, you can be barred from recovering anything.
So, in an attempt to deny or minimize your recovery in motorcycle accident claims, insurance companies will often try to place blame on the motorcyclist.
Your lawyer can effectively challenge this insurance company tactic in your case by conducting a thorough investigation. Doing so can establish undeniable facts about the cause of your accident and who should be held responsible for your losses.
Indeed, as the famous “Hurt Report” traffic safety study found many decades ago, the leading cause of motorcycle crashes is the failure of motor vehicle drivers to “detect and recognize” motorcycle riders.
More recently, a study by Florida traffic safety officials found that car drivers are at fault in 60 percent of collisions between motorcycles and vehicles.
Additionally, an insurance company may assert that your injuries were made worse by your failure to wear a helmet or by bypassing traffic by lane splitting. However, the law in South Carolina is clear: If you are older than age 21, you are not legally required to wear a helmet, and lane splitting is illegal in South Carolina.
You can count on Jebaily Law Firm to aggressively investigate your case and stand up for your rights when dealing with insurance companies on your behalf. We will charge you no legal fees unless we obtain a motorcycle accident settlement or verdict for you.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Your Motorcycle Crash?
If you were involved in a collision involving a car or truck, we can investigate whether the negligence of another driver caused your crash.
As we have found, common types of careless and reckless conduct that cause motorcycle crashes are:
- Failing to detect the motorcyclist by checking mirrors and blind spots
- Refusing to give the right of way to the motorcyclist
- Trying to share a lane with the motorcycle
- Failing to signal a turn or lane change
- Following the motorcyclist too closely (or “tailgating”).
However, in some motorcycle accident cases, a different party may be responsible for the harm you have suffered such as:
- Manufacturer Your accident may have been caused by a defectively designed or manufactured motorcycle or motorcycle part such as the wheels, brakes or steering.
- Government agency Many motorcycle accidents can be traced to defectively designed or poorly maintained roads and bridges. A local, state or federal agency – or one of its contractors – may be to blame.
Jebaily Law Firm can review all of the evidence in your case in order to establish the cause of your crash. We also consult with highly qualified accident reconstruction experts and engineers who can help us to understand the case.
What Can You Recover in a South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?
Due to the lack of protection that motorcyclists have – compared to car and truck drivers – the accidents which they suffer in accidents can be severe. They often are deadly. These injuries include:
We can review the medical records in your case, consult with experts and determine the full amount of compensation that should be sought in light of your injuries. Those damages may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and diminishment of your future earning ability
- Pain and suffering.
If you have lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, we would seek different types of damages through a wrongful death claim. Those damages can include compensation for the loss of your loved one’s financial support as well as burial and funeral expenses.
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Florence Today
If you believe that another person’s negligence caused you to suffer injuries or to lose a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Florence, Myrtle Beach or elsewhere in South Carolina, contact Jebaily Law Firm without delay.
We work with victims and families throughout the state as well as out-of-state motorcyclists who were harmed while visiting South Carolina.
We can provide you with a free case evaluation. Simply call or reach us online today.