Motorcyclists in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina derive a significant amount of enjoyment from their bikes whether they use them to commute or for recreation. While motorcycles offer many benefits, riding on motorcycles also presents much higher risks of serious injuries or fatalities in accidents. The attorneys at The Lovely Law Firm represent the victims of motorcycle accidents and work hard to hold defendants accountable for their actions when they cause injury collisions. If your accident was caused by another’s actions, you may be entitled to recover damages through an injury lawsuit.
Our legal team is made up of highly skilled injury attorneys and professional staff. Together, we have helped many victims to recover full compensation for their losses in accidents caused by negligence since 2009. It can be very difficult for a biker to prevail in an injury lawsuit without the help of an experienced attorney. We understand the difficulties that can be involved in bike accident claims and are dedicated to helping accident victims to recover sufficient compensation to cover all of their losses.
Our experience, legal skills, and legal ethics help to set us apart from other firms and attorneys. We approach each case with a dedicated focus to help our clients recover the compensation they deserve. Our methodological approach has helped us to amass many successes for our clients and to build a strong reputation in the legal community. Our clients have given Justin M. Lovely a 10/10 rating in terms of client satisfaction on Avvo. Amy Lawrence has been rewarded for her efforts by The National Trial Lawyers, which named her as a Top Trial Lawyer and a Top 40 under 40 among attorneys in the state.
We treat everyone with respect and view the people who count on us as important partners and members of our family. We recognize the importance of strong, ongoing communication and use a variety of means to keep our clients informed about their cases, including emails, text messages, and phone calls as preferred.
What our attorneys can do for you
Immediately after you retain an attorney at our firm for your accident in Mt. Pleasant or Charleston, you can expect that we will start working on your case. We thoroughly investigate every claim to uncover relevant evidence, find and interview witnesses, and gain a better understanding of what happened in the moments leading up to an accident in which a biker was injured. This degree of front-end work is crucial to combat the common biases that jurors and other members of the public often hold about bikers. Many people think that motorcyclists are risk-takers who are more likely to be at fault for their accidents. Insurance companies know that jurors tend to hold this bias and try to use it to their advantage by offering unreasonably low settlements. By building unassailable cases of liability, we are frequently able to convince insurance companies to settle fairly with our clients instead of trying their luck against us at trial.
Insurance companies use any number of tactics to try to avoid paying claims. While an insurance representative might act as if he or she cares about your injuries, you must remember that an insurance adjuster’s loyalties are to his or her employer rather than you. We know the types of tactics insurance companies commonly use and are prepared to counter them. By retaining us soon after your accident, you can avoid making critical mistakes when trying to deal with the insurance company and its representatives. We can then take over the communications and negotiations for you while you work on recovering from your injuries.
Our primary goal is to help you recover maximal compensation for your injuries and losses. Some of the types of compensatory damages that might be available include the following:
- Medical expenses, including the future medical costs your injuries might require
- Income losses, including any reduction in your future earning capacity
- Burial and funeral costs if your loved one died
- Loss of the contributions your loved one would have made to your family over his or her life if your loved one died
- Property damage
- Your loved one’s lost rights to an inheritance if he or she died
- Pain and suffering
- Mental or emotional anguish
- Reduction in your life’s quality
- Loss of guidance/consortium
- If applicable, punitive damages
Orders for punitive damages are rare. These types of damages are paid on top of any compensatory damages and are meant to punish defendants whose actions were willful, wanton, or reckless. Your lawyer can help you to understand the types of damages that might be available to you and the potential value of your claim.
Common types of motorbike collisions in South Carolina
Our legal team accepts many different types of motorbike accidents, including the following common types:
- Lane change collisions
- Lefthand turn accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Head-on accidents
- Dooring accidents
Lane change collisions result from motorists changing lanes without signaling or checking their blind spots for other vehicles or motorcycles. These types of accidents commonly result when people drive aggressively or fail to pay attention to the traffic around them.
Lefthand turn collisions are very common types of collisions for motorcyclists. These accidents happen when motorists turn left at intersections or onto highways without checking for oncoming traffic. When a motorist turns left in front of a motorcyclist who has the right-of-way, the biker can crash into the car and be thrown from his or her bike.
Rear-end collisions occur when other motorists crash into the backs of motorcycles in front of them. These are common accidents that are frequently caused by distracted driving or tailgating. Depending on the speed of impact, the motorcyclists may be thrown from their bikes and suffer severe injuries.
While head-on collisions are rare, they are often fatal. In this type of accident, a vehicle crosses into the path of an oncoming motorbike and crashes into its front. The motorcyclist may be run over, thrown onto the hood and through the windshield, or thrown into a stationary object along the side of the road. Head-on accidents frequently happen when people try to pass in no-passing zones or when they are drunk or on drugs.
Dooring collisions occur when motorists parked alongside the streets next to traffic lanes fail to check for oncoming traffic before opening their car doors. Oncoming motorcycles in the adjacent traffic lanes are then unable to avoid the doors or stop before crashing into them.
What causes motorcycle accidents?
Most motorbike accidents are caused by negligence. Some common examples of negligence that can result in motorbike accidents include the following:
- Driving too fast for the weather or road conditions
- Aggressive driving
- Inadequate road maintenance/repairs
- Bad weather
- Improper lane changes
- Drowsy driving
- Failing to check oncoming traffic before passing or turning left
- Fatigued driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving while impaired
- Defective parts
- Mechanical failures
- Running stop signs or lights
- Careless driving
- Texting while driving
- Faulty tires or brakes
- Inattentive driving
Where do accidents happen in the area?
The most common roads around the Charleston/Mt. Pleasant area where accidents tend to happen to include the following:
- U.S. Route 17
- S.C. Hwy. 41
- S.C. Hwy. 171
- S.C. Hwy. 700
- S.C. Hwy. 162
- Interstate 526
- Interstate 26
Types of injuries in bike collisions
Motorcyclists have a much higher risk of serious injury or death than the occupants of motor vehicles. For example, the Insurance Information Institute reports that motorcyclists were 27 times likelier to die in accidents than other types of motorists per vehicle mile traveled in 2018. This is because motorcyclists are largely unprotected from the forces released in collisions. Some of the types of injuries we see in motorbike collisions include the following:
- Severe lacerations
- Internal injuries
- Severe burns
- Crush injuries
- Arm and leg fractures
- Rib fractures
- Tissue loss
- Road rash
- Spinal injuries
- Face, head, and neck injuries
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
Why you should hire an experienced lawyer from The Lovely Law Firm
Some of the most catastrophic types of accidents involve motorcycles. If you lost a close family member or sustained serious injuries in a motorbike accident, you should hire an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Our lawyers understand how to build winning injury claims and will work hard to secure the compensation you deserve. Contact The Lovely Law Firm today to request a free consultation.
What Our Happy Clients Have to Say on Google:
Last year, I was rear-ended while stopped, waiting for the person in front of me to make a turn. The entire trunk of my brand new car had been smashed in, and I was devastated since it was NOT drivable, and the car was so new. Lovely Law’s team consisting of Sarah, Allison, and Kim were with me every step of the way. They helped me with my property damage, my loss of use, the rental car, and even went above and beyond to get me compensated for the items stolen out of my car when it was at the tow yard and even got me money for my medical expenses at the time. My car was also repaired.
Aside from some short periods of radio silence (it was holidays and I hold no grudges for this), Lovely Law has had my back the whole way and I couldn’t find anything to complain about. God forbid I get into another accident, but if I do, I have a dashcam now because of the settlement, and I have Lovely Law in my corner.