In Florence, South Carolina, many people love riding motorcycles because of the feelings of freedom the open road can bring. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can permanently change the course of people’s lives. The accident lawyers at The Lovely Law Firm understand the serious nature of these types of accidents and are dedicated to holding those responsible accountable for their actions. If you have sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your losses through an injury claim.
At The Lovely Law Firm, our team of Florence, SC injury lawyers, and legal staff have helped many clients recover compensation for their injuries and losses in negligence accidents since 2009. We understand how difficult it can be for a biker to successfully pursue a claim for compensation after an accident, and we are dedicated to helping you to recover full and fair compensation for your losses when your collision was caused by someone else’s negligence.
We have the background, knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to help our clients prove their claims. We always work hard, and our dedicated advocacy for our clients has led us to achieve a highly successful track record as well as recognition from our clients and our peers. The past and current clients of Justin M. Lovely have given him a rating of 10 out of 10 for their satisfaction. He is also regularly invited to speak at legal conferences about how to build a successful legal practice. In fact, Mr. Lovely was the past president of the National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers. Amy Lawrence has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers, which named her to its Top 40 under 40 and Top 100 Trial Lawyers lists.
When you come to the Lovely Law Firm, you will be treated with respect. We view our clients as important members of our family and build strong relationships with them. We prioritize maintaining good communication with each of our clients and use a case management system to track our updates made by email, phone, or text message to ensure we always keep our clients informed.
What can The Lovely Law Firm do for you?
Our approach to how we handle our clients’ cases distinguishes us from other attorneys and law firms in Florence and in South Carolina. When you retain a lawyer from our firm, we will begin working on your case immediately. We understand the importance of completing thorough investigations of biker accidents. Members of the public and juries tend to hold biases about motorcyclists and believe that they are risk-takers who are likely to be responsible for causing their accidents. Insurance companies understand these biases and try to take advantage by offering unreasonably low settlements or disputing liability altogether. Because of these issues, we recognize how important an in-depth investigation is for each claim. Through our processes, we work to build the strongest possible cases of liability to show the insurance companies why they should offer fair settlements to our clients rather than risking going to trial against us.
Insurance companies are in business to make profits and often do anything possible to try to avoid or reduce liability for accidents involving motorcycles. Our attorneys are aware of the various strategies employed by insurance companies and know how to build our clients’ claims to counter any arguments that might be raised by the defense. When insurance companies refuse to fairly settle our clients’ claims, we are prepared to fight for their rights at jury trials.
In all cases we handle, our goal is to secure the greatest possible compensation amounts for our clients. Depending on the facts of your motorcycle accident case, some of the types of damages we might be able to recover for you include the following:
- Past medical expenses
- Future expected medical expenses related to your injuries
- Past income losses
- Future anticipated income losses
- Funeral and burial costs in wrongful death claims
- Loss of the income the deceased person would have earned during his or her life in wrongful death claims
- Property losses including custom bike parts
- Lost inheritance rights in wrongful death claims
- Pain and suffering
- Mental distress
- Reduction in your ability to enjoy life
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium/guidance
- Punitive damages, if applicable
In most cases, punitive damages will not be available. These are not designed to compensate victims for their losses. Instead, they are monetary penalties defendants can be ordered to pay to victims on top of the compensatory damages when the defendants have acted in particularly outrageous ways. A lawyer at The Lovely Law Firm can help you to understand the various types of damages that might be available to you and the estimated value of your claim. If you are hit by a drunk driver, for instance, we will pursue punitive damages against the drunk driver.
Common types of motorbike accidents
The Lovely Law Firm handles many different types of motorcycle wrecks and accidents, including the following:
- Lefthand turn accidents (The Most Common)
- Head-on accidents
- Lane change accidents
- Dooring accidents
- Rear-end accidents
Lefthand turn accidents are among the most common types of accidents involving motorcycles. In these collisions, motorists attempting to negotiate left turns at intersections or onto highways from side streets fail to see oncoming motorcycles and collide into them or force collisions when the biker is unable to stop in time.
Head-on accidents are frequently fatal. In these types of collisions, vehicles cross the center lines on two-way highways, colliding into the front ends of oncoming motorcycles. Depending on the sizes of the vehicles, the motorcycles and cyclists may be run over, or the motorcyclists may be thrown from their bikes and land on the hoods of the vehicles or into fixed objects. Head-ons can occur when people try to pass other vehicles without checking for oncoming traffic or when people drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Lane change accidents happen when motorists change lanes without checking their blind spots for motorcycles and other traffic traveling next to them. They can also happen when motorists suddenly change lanes without signaling and provide no warning to motorcycles that are trying to pass.
Dooring accidents sometimes happen in the city on streets that include on-street parking for vehicles on the sides of the roads. In these scenarios, motorists park their vehicles and open their doors into the traffic lanes adjacent to the parking area without watching for oncoming motorcycles. The motorcycles then crash into the open doors.
Rear-end accidents can happen when cars tailgate motorcycles or fail to see that traffic has slowed and collide into the rear of the motorcycles. These accidents often cause the riders to be thrown off of their motorcycles and sustain serious injuries.
How are motorcycle accidents caused?
Most collisions involving motorcycles are caused by preventable errors. Some of most common causes of these types of collisions include the following:
- Aggressive driving
- Driving too fast for the road or weather conditions
- Improper lane changes
- Inclement weather
- Poorly maintained roads
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Turning left without checking oncoming traffic
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Running stop signs or lights
- Mechanical failures
- Defective parts
- Faulty tires or brakes
- Texting while driving
- Careless driving
- Inattentive driving
The most common places for motorcycle wrecks and collisions around Florence, SC
In the area in and around the city, the most common places where accidents involving motorcycles happen include the following:
- U.S. Route 76
- S.C. Hwy. 51
- U.S. Route 52
- Interstate 95 – Traffic bottleneck area – Heavy Truck traffic
- Interstate 20 – Traffic bottleneck area dangerous to bikers
Injuries that can happen in motorcycle wrecks
When you ride on motorcycles, you have significantly less protection from the forces released in collisions than you would when you occupy other types of motor vehicles. While you can (and should) wear safety gear, it will not offer the same level of protection as a seat belt, airbag, or a protective metal cab. This means that you are much likelier to sustain severe injuries if you are involved in a collision on your bike. Some of the common injuries that can happen in motorbike accidents include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Skull fractures
- Neck, face, and head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Road rash
- Rib fractures
- Leg fractures
- Arm fractures
- Crush injuries
- Pelvic injuries
- Severe burns
- Internal injuries
- Severe lacerations
Why you should retain an experienced biker attorney from The Lovely Law Firm
Accidents involving motorcycles are frequently catastrophic. If someone else caused your accident and injuries or the loss of your loved one, you should retain an experienced attorney at The Lovely Law Firm as soon as possible. Our attorneys are much likelier to help you succeed with your claim than you might on your own. To learn more about your claim, call us today for an appointment.