South Carolina Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Bicycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident due to someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation from the liable party. If someone else is at fault they should be responsible for your medical expenses and other losses and damages. To make sure you aren't stuck covering those expenses and damages yourself, you'll need the help of an experienced bicycle accident attorney.
At Joe and Martin Injury Attorneys, our bicycle accident lawyers have defended plenty of South Carolina bicycle accident victims and we know exactly what kind of legal help you'll need to secure fair compensation for your accident. We'll be with you every step of the way in order to ensure your full recovery. To receive a FREE case evaluation, fill out our online form or call (843) 357-8888 now. Our dedicated staff members are on standby, ready to assist you with your legal needs. Let us fight for you.
What Are the Statistics on Bicycle Accidents?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of bicyclist injuries in 2013 reached 48,000. Among those injuries were 743 fatalities. According to hospital records, however, only a small percentage of bicycle accident injuries are reported to the police, so the actual figures are more than likely much higher.
What Are the Bicycle Laws in South Carolina?
Bicyclists have certain rights and have to follow certain rules on the road. Under South Carolina Vehicle law:
- Bicyclists can ride on the street (except on freeways)
- Bicyclists must follow the same traffic laws as motorists
- Bicyclists must yield to traffic before entering the roadway
- Bicyclists must keep to the rightmost side of the lane unless passing slower traffic, making a left turn or going around a construction zone
Unfortunately, despite these laws, many bicyclists are injured or killed each year by inattentive and/or aggressive drivers.
What Are the Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?
Driver error or negligence are major factors in bicycle accidents. common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Failure to yield or check for bicyclists
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Bike Lane Intrusion
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
However, not all bicycle accidents are caused by driver error. Poorly designed or maintained roadways and poor lighting conditions can also be factors. You can view more South Carolina bicycle accident statistics by clicking here.
Proving Your Bicycle Accident Claim
There are a number of ways you can prove that the liable party's negligence contributed directly to your bicycle accident. You can use eyewitness accounts, pictures and video from traffic cameras, police and medical reports, and even expert testimony to support your claim. The best way to acquire all of this evidence is to enlist the help of a professional bicycle accident attorney.
Getting You the Full Value of Your Claim
At Joe and Martin, our clients are like family. When you choose us as your legal representation, you are getting not only an experienced attorney, but a trustworthy ally. We will work with you every step of the way to help build the strongest possible case and retain the maximum amount of compensation. Contact our offices to learn more about what our firm can do for you (843) 357-8888.