How a South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You

Your experience with a South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer may begin with an initial consultation. Derrick Law Firm Injury Lawyers would be pleased to provide you with a consultation in which we work to assess your case and advise you on the next steps. 

If you move forward with a motorcycle accident claim, your lawyer will:

Explain South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Law

Riders must follow the rules of the road. Personal injury law applies to motorcycle accidents. Your motorcycle accident lawyer will explain all applicable laws to you, including but not limited to:

Statute of Limitations

You typically have three years from the accident date to file a claim. If you miss the statute of limitations deadline, your case will be dismissed from court, and you won't recover damages.

Comparative negligence

South Carolina follows a modified comparative negligence system. If you are found partially at fault for the accident, your financial recovery may be reduced accordingly.

Investigate the Motorcycle Crash

Your lawyer will investigate the accident to determine liability. This may involve collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and reconstructing the accident if necessary.

Negotiate With Insurance Companies

Your attorney will handle all communications with the insurance companies involved, working to secure a fair settlement on your behalf.

Take Your Motorcycle Accident Case to Court, if Necessary

If a fair settlement cannot be reached through insurance negotiations, your lawyer may advise you to file a lawsuit. They will guide you through the legal process and represent your interests in court if necessary.

Motorcycle Accident Damages

After a South Carolina motorcycle accident injury, you may be eligible for various types of compensation, depending on the circumstances of your case. Your damages may include:

Medical Expenses

Injured motorcyclists can seek compensation for all health care expenses related to their injuries, including medical bills, surgery costs, medication, rehabilitation therapies, and other health care costs.

Lost Income

If your motorcycle accident injuries prevent you from working, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, benefits, and self-employment income. Your lost income includes future earnings that you won't be able to earn because of your injuries.

Pain and Suffering

Compensation may also cover the physical and emotional pain and suffering you endured due to the accident.

Property Damage

If your motorcycle was damaged in the crash, you can seek compensation for repairs or replacement.

Five Tips for a Successful Motorcycle Accident Claim

To increase your chances of a successful motorcycle accident case, consider the following tips:

Preserve evidence

Keep all evidence related to the accident, including medical records, accident reports, and correspondence with insurance companies.

Don't sign a release form for the insurance company

The other driver's insurance company may do whatever it can to reduce or reject your compensation claim. Their first move may be to ask you to sign a medical release form. The insurance adjuster will tell you that this will allow them to access your medical records so that they can pay you what you are owed. However, they could actually be looking for a reason to deny your claim. Accordingly, it is important not to sign a medical release until you have talked to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.

Don't rush a settlement

Be cautious when offered quick settlements by insurance companies. Consult with your personal injury lawyer before accepting any offers.

Stay off social media

Avoid posting about the accident, your injuries, or activities on social media. Insurance companies often monitor social media for evidence.

Follow medical advice

Continue with all prescribed medical treatments and follow your doctor's orders. Gaps in treatment can be used against you.

Being involved in a South Carolina motorcycle accident can be a traumatic experience, but knowing what to do afterward is crucial to protect your rights and seek compensation for your injuries.

Dirk J. Derrick
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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.