The motorcycle accident attorneys at The Lovely Law Firm know what it is like to ride around Conway, South Carolina. We also ride and support local riders and biker groups through our brand MyrtleBeachBikerLawyer.com Unfortunately, however, motorcyclists are much likelier to sustain serious injuries when they are involved in accidents. If you are a biker who has been injured in a crash on your Harley or another bike that was caused by another motorist, you might be entitled to recover compensation for your losses. Our lawyers know how serious these types of collisions can be and are dedicated to protecting the rights of motorcyclists who have been injured because of the negligence of others.
The attorneys and staff at The Lovely Law Firm have focused on helping people who have sustained serious injuries in bike accidents since 2009. Over our more than a decade of practice, we have successfully recovered compensation for many clients. We recognize the difficulties a biker can face after a wreck and dedicate ourselves to holding the responsible parties accountable for their negligent actions.
The founding partners ride motorcycles just like you. Our legal experience, skills, and willingness to put in the necessary work have resulted in a highly successful record and recognition from our clients and other lawyers. Justin M. Lovely is the past President of the National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers and handles the motorcycle claims through the firm’s MyrtleBeachBikerLawyer.com brand. The National Trial Lawyers listed Amy Lawrence as a Top 40 under 40 attorney and as a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the state of South Carolina.
We treat all of our clients like they are important members of our family. We build strong relationships with each client and maintain good communication. We use a case management system that tracks our case updates to ensure that we keep every client informed about the statuses of their claims, and we make ourselves available to answer emails, text messages, and phone calls when our clients have questions.
What The Lovely Law Firm can do for you
The Lovely Law Firm distinguishes itself from other firms by how we handle our clients’ cases. When you retain an attorney from our law firm, you can expect us to immediately start working on your motorcycle case. We know that many people in the public tend to hold biases against bikers and blame them for causing their own accidents. However, other motorists are most often at fault for causing motorcycle accidents. Proving liability in these types of claims requires thorough investigations so that we can build clear claims of liability to convince the insurance companies to offer fair settlements to our clients.
We regularly hire investigators and experts to help us convince the insurance companies why it is in their best interests to settle our clients’ claims instead of risking losses at jury trials against us. In fact, two of our investigators are also bikers with former law enforcement and military experience.
Insurance companies use many tactics to try to avoid or reduce liability when they handle claims involving motorcycles. We know the different types of tactics that insurance companies use and how to build evidence to counter them. If an insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement or disputes liability, we are willing to fight for our client’s rights at a jury trial.
Our goal in every case we handle is to recover the highest compensation amounts possible for our clients. You might be able to recover the following types of damages in your motorcycle wreck case:
- Value of Custom Parts on Your Bike
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future wage losses
- Property damage
- Funeral and burial costs in wrongful death cases
- Loss of the contributions the deceased victim would have made over his or her life in wrongful death claims
- Lost rights to an inheritance in wrongful death cases
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish/Emotional distress
- Reduced ability to enjoy life
- Loss of guidance or consortium, if applicable
- Punitive damages, if applicable
Punitive damages are not available in every case. These are monetary awards ordered by a court to punish defendants whose actions were egregious. Your attorney can explain whether they might be available in your case. When you meet with your lawyer at The Lovely Law Firm, he or she will analyze the facts involved with your Harley crash and explain the merits of your claim. If you retain an attorney, he or she will value your claim and talk to you about the types of damages that might be recovered in your case.
Different types of motorcycle wrecks and accidents
Some of the most common types of motorbike candidates handled by The Lovely Law Firm include the following:
- Head-on collisions
- Left-turn accidents
- At Fault Door Opening accidents
- Lane change accidents
- Rear-end collisions
Head-on collisions involving motorcycles are often fatal. These accidents happen when other vehicles collide with the front of the motorcycles. The cyclists are often tossed off of their bikes and might collide with fixed objects like trees or road signs. Head-on collisions might happen when people pull out to pass on two-lane roads without seeing oncoming motorcyclists or when they drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Left-turn accidents are very common types of collisions involving motorcycles. These accidents occur when motorists try to make left-hand turns onto highways from side streets or at intersections and fail to see oncoming motorcycles, causing collisions. In most left-turn accidents, the motorists will be at fault.
Dooring accidents happen when motorcyclists travel along streets that have parking for cars along the sides. Motorists who are parked and fail to check for oncoming bikes in the adjacent lanes before opening their car doors may cause these types of accidents.
Lane change accidents commonly happen when drivers change lanes without seeing motorcyclists traveling next to them on highways. These accidents might happen when the motorists fail to check their blind spots or to signal before changing lanes, colliding into the sides of the motorcycles.
Rear-end collisions occur when drivers follow motorcycles too closely or fail to notice that traffic has slowed ahead of them, colliding into the rear of the bikes. Rear-end collisions can cause the riders to be thrown from their bikes and suffer severe injuries.
Common causes of accidents involving motorcycles
Most accidents involving motorcycles happen because of driver errors. We have written our Motorcycle Book to educate you on these. Our book has been downloaded by thousands of bikers just like you. Some of the common causes of accidents involving motorcycles in and around Conway include the following:
- Improper lane changes
- Poorly maintained roads
- Turning left without checking oncoming traffic
- Distracted driving
- Running stop signs or lights
- Defective parts
- Texting while driving
- Inattentive driving
- Careless driving
- Defective brakes or tires
- Mechanical failures
- Fatigued driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Poor weather conditions
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Aggressive driving
The most common locations for motorcycle accidents around Conway, SC
The greatest number of accidents involving motorcycles in the Conway area occurs on the following roads during the warm riding season months of March through end of October:
- S.C. Hwy. 90
- S.C. Hwy. 901
- S.C. Hwy. 65
- S.C. Hwy. 19
- U.S. Route 501
- U.S. Route 701
- U.S. Route 378
- S.C. Hwy. 548
Common types of injuries suffered in crashes involving motorcycles
Motorcycles do not offer the same degree of protection in accidents as other types of vehicles. Passengers and riders are not protected by safety features such as a metal-framed cab, safety belts, airbags, and other safety equipment. Instead, motorcyclists and their passengers absorb the forces of collisions with their bodies, which can lead to severe injuries. Some of the common types of injuries the attorneys at The Lovely Law Firm see in accidents involving motorcycles include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Road rash
- Avulsions/tissue loss
- Head, face, and neck injuries
- Leg and arm fractures
- Rib fractures
- Crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Severe lacerations
Victims of motorbike accidents are often thrown from their bikes and might be dragged by the vehicles that collide with them. This can result in multiple traumatic injuries or deaths.
Why you should get help from an experienced lawyer at The Lovely Law Firm
Collisions between cars and motorcycles can be catastrophic. If you have sustained serious injuries in this type of accident or have lost a close family member, you should get legal help as soon as possible. Our lawyers know the types of evidence that might be needed to prove liability in these types of cases. Contact us today to learn more about the merits of your claim.