According to statistics from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Traffic Collision Fact Book, there were 2,098 total traffic crashes involving a motorcycle statewide in 2019. South Carolina's open roads and beautiful weather present a great opportunity to ride on two wheels. However, due to the limited protection provided by motorcycles in traffic collisions, motorcycle accidents often result in minor to severe injuries, including road rash, disfigurement, facial fractures, limb amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and even death.
If you or someone close to you was injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another person's negligent actions, you may be entitled to recover damages. At Morris Law, I have the experience and resources to help you hold the party responsible for your injuries accountable. As an experienced South Carolina personal injury attorney, I will review and investigate the details of your situation and explore your available legal options to seek damages. I will fight to protect your rights and help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries, damage, or loss.
Morris Law proudly serves clients in Greenville and throughout Upstate South Carolina, including the communities of Anderson, Pickens, Laurens, and Spartanburg.
The period following a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming. The next steps you do or don’t take have a significant impact on your personal injury claim. When involved in a motorcycle accident, here's what you should do:
Remain calm, and don't allow your emotions to overwhelm you.
Get to safety, and help other victims if you're in a position to do so.
Call 911 to get immediate medical assistance for any injuries.
Report the incident to law enforcement.
Exchange relevant information with the other parties involved, including names, addresses, phone numbers, license numbers, and insurance information.
Gather available evidence, such as the police report, witness statements, and pictures of the accident scene.
Document your medical expenses, including medical treatments and doctor's appointments.
Document your personal account of the incident and describe how the accident has affected your day-to-day life.
Notify your insurance company about the accident.
Hire an experienced lawyer for help.
In order to prevent or mitigate the rate of motorcycle accidents in South Carolina, strict motorcycle laws have been put in place by state authorities. All motorcyclists are required to adhere strictly to the following laws:
Lane splitting is a traffic maneuver in which a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. Under South Carolina law, lane splitting is illegal. Pursuant to South Carolina Code Section 56‐5‐3640(c), "No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic, or between adjacent lines or rows."
According to South Carolina Code Section 56‐5‐3660, "It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of twenty‐one to operate or ride upon a two‐wheeled motorized vehicle unless he wears a protective helmet of a type approved by the Department of Public Safety." Additionally, the helmet must be:
Equipped with either a neck or chin strap
Reflectorized on both sides
South Carolina requires motorists to carry a minimum liability insurance coverage of:
$25,000 per person for bodily injury per accident
$50,000 for all persons injured in one accident
$25,000 for all property damage in one accident
South Carolina is an “at-fault” state. Under this system, the party responsible for the accident will be held accountable for injuries and property damage suffered by the accident victims. In order to recover damages, the plaintiff must show that the motorcycle accident happened due to the negligence or carelessness of the other party.
Furthermore, South Carolina uses a modified comparative negligence principle with a 51% bar. This means that the accident victim will only be allowed to recover compensation if they are determined to have been 50% or less at fault for the accident. For example, if the jury awards $50,000 in total compensation, and you were found to have been 30% at fault for the crash, you will only get 70% of the $50,000 ($35,000).
According to South Carolina Code Section 15-3-530, an action to recover damages for any injury to a person or rights of another shall be commenced within three years from the date of the injury.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can affect your financial, physical, and emotional health. Thankfully, you don't need to face these challenges all by yourself. When you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, hiring a knowledgeable personal injury attorney is important to protect your rights and help you seek fair financial compensation.
At Morris Law, I'm dedicated to offering experienced legal guidance and strong representation to clients in their motorcycle accident cases. As your legal counsel, I can:
Fight to protect your rights and represent your best interests
Review and thoroughly investigate every aspect of your case
Gather relevant information, including evidence, police reports, and witness statements
Work to prove fault and establish liability
Determine the full magnitude of your injuries, other losses, and estimate case-value
Handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance companies
Take additional legal action, if necessary
If you or a family member was hurt in a negligent motorcycle accident, call me — Morris Law — to schedule a free consultation. I can fight to protect your rights and help you pursue financial compensation for your injuries. I proudly represent clients in Greenville, and throughout Upstate South Carolina, including Anderson, Pickens, Laurens, and Spartanburg, South Carolina.