Unfortunately, for the last several years, South Carolina has continually ranked as one of the most dangerous states to drive in the country. This danger is calculated in total roadway fatalities and number of deaths on the road per 100,000 people. At 16.1 deaths per 100,000 people on the road, South Carolina ranks well above the national average. While many of these deadly car accidents come from cars, over 15 percent are motorcycle accidents. From 2014 to 2015, there was a 53 percent increase in motorcycle accident fatalities in South Carolina. Unlike many car accidents with minor injuries, motorcycle accidents have a much greater risk of causing serious personal injury or death. If you’ve been injured in a motorbike accident, filing a motorcycle accident claim with the assistance of a motorcycle accident attorney is a good option.
What type of injuries can result from a motorcycle accident?
The most common type of injuries that result from motorcycle crashes are head injuries. Even when a helmet is being worn, there is still a high risk of injuring your neck or head. Serious injuries to arms and legs can also occur.
How can I reduce my chances of injury on a motorbike?
Much like a car or a truck, the best way to reduce and prevent serious injury is to follow and obey the rules of the road. However, even the safest motorcycle riders may be in danger on the road because of the carelessness of other drivers. Because of their size, motorcycles will stay in drivers’ blind spots for longer than other vehicles, increasing their risk of being hit when a driver changes lanes. Additionally, without some safety features available in cars (many motorcycle models do not include airbags), injury can be increased under normal operation even under safe and normal speeds for the conditions.
Another way to reduce injury on a motorcycle is to wear a helmet. Some states require every rider to wear a helmet. South Carolina, however, only requires certain riders to wear helmets. Under current law, only those who are under 21 years of age are required to wear helmets. While the law does not require all riders to wear helmets, helmets can greatly reduce the risk of serious injury or death, particularly for injuries to the skull, neck, and spinal cord.
Is it more difficult to recover damages with a motorcycle accident claim?
The facts of each case are different, but the mere fact that you are riding a motorcycle rather than driving a car alone is not enough to impact the value of your case. However, insurance companies and courts will assess how you were operating your motorcycle and a number of other factors in determining liability for your motorcycle accident claim.
How can a South Carolina motorcycle accident attorney help?
Any accident can be a traumatic and jarring event, but an accident involving a motorcycle can be especially problematic due to the lack of safety features. As injuries after a motorcycle crash are often more serious, it is important to get the legal help you need for your motorcycle accident claim. The lawyers at Surasky Law have the experience you need to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today for a free consultation in your case.