The South Carolina motorcycle accident attorneys of Grimes Teich Anderson are well respected personal injury lawyers. We are dedicated to helping people injured in motorcycle accidents, and by other instances of negligence. Our firm has a proven track record of successfully recovering compensation for injured victims in Gaffney, Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Gaffney and other areas of South Carolina.
Motorcycle accidents are a fact of life in Greenville and cities throughout South Carolina. Injuries and fatalities are expected to rise as motorcycles become another vehicle of choice for drivers across the United States. With a lack of jobs and unstable gas prices, frugal drivers have traded in their cars for more fuel-efficient bikes. Motorcycles present a liberating alternative to expensive repairs and suffocating traffic. But traffic accidents involving motorcycles often result in more devastating injuries than those caused by driving cars, trucks, and SUVs. The inherent risks are proven each year by an increasing number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that cyclists are 25 times more likely to experience a deadly crash than car drivers. So often, a motorcyclist is seriously hurt by a driver who doesn’t see what is plainly in front of him.
A 2009 report by the Institute for Highway Safety indicates that more than half of motorcycle deaths involve at least one other vehicle; 42% of fatalities involve cars turning left while the cyclist is going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle. These statistics show that the majority of accidents are not caused by careful riders, but by negligent drivers who either fail or refuse to adapt their behavior to accommodate innocent cyclists. Driving mistakes are compounded by the diminished visibility and lack of protection that motorists take for granted. Drivers still hit cyclists, even when their presence is plainly visible in the car’s front, side, or rearview mirrors. Motorcycle accidents may be caused by negligence involving:
- Drunk and intoxicated drivers
- Vehicle and road defects
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Insufficient buffer zones
- A driver’s failure to use a turn signal
- Speeding and other traffic violations
- Failure to yield right of way
- Riding on wrong side of road
South Carolina law protects riders and other victims injured in motorcycle accidents. Under personal injury law, fault is determined by negligence. Traffic accidents may be more likely to be caused by a driver’s negligence that that of a cyclist. When a motorist fails to pay attention, or drives recklessly and causes an accident, he or she becomes liable for any injuries that result. Even with helmets and other protective gear, motorcyclists are still more vulnerable to injuries, including fractures, broken bones, loss of limb, and permanent disfigurement. They and their passengers can also suffer permanent injuries to the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, as well as internal organs. In massive collisions, the impact of heavy steel on skin may be fatal, explaining why motorcyclists have less than a 50% chance of surviving a crash.
Some injuries do not manifest themselves until weeks or months after the accident. That is why it is important to consult an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible after a crash to help ensure that you are compensated not only for present damages, but also for future costs. Victims injured by negligent drivers are entitled to medical expenses, including past and future treatment, lost income, and pain and suffering. In wrongful death cases, surviving family members may also recover damages for funeral expenses, lost consortium, and the loss of relationship with the deceased.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, the caring South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson can help. For over 33 years, we have provided the highest quality legal representation to injured motorcyclists and riders. Our seasoned South Carolina lawyers and caring staff ensure that each client receives individualized attention so that we can achieve the best outcome possible in your case. We have offices conveniently located in Greenville and Gaffney to serve clients in Spartanburg and other cities in South Carolina. Where necessary, we will come see you at home or in the hospital. At Grimes Teich Anderson, we know that accidents often cause serious trauma and, sometimes, a devastating loss. We are devoted to helping you and your family obtain the compensation you deserve. Call (800) 533-6845 today for a free consultation, or contact us online.