At David Taylor Law, we believe that staying safe begins with getting smart. We’ve compiled the most common motorcycle questions here, and provided the answers you’re seeking!
Q: What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?
A: Whether a motor vehicle driver or motorcyclist is at fault, the following scenarios can cause a dangerous crash:
- Distracted drivers
Motorcycle and moped riders, in the absence of a vehicle protecting them, are at a greater risk when drivers aren’t focused on the road ahead.
- Inclement weather conditions
Weather conditions that reduce visibility, such as rain or fog, make it difficult for motor vehicle drivers to spot motorcycle riders.
- Road hazards
Any sort of debris or road imperfection, such as blown tires or potholes, can turn a drive into a disaster.
- Speeding or reckless driving
According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, 50% of fatal motorcycle crashes are alcohol related and 73% happened on a curve, making reckless driving a major factor in motorcyclist deaths.
Q: What kind of compensation can I expect for my injury?
A: Many factors must be considered in determining the value of your case, but you may be eligible for compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
To ensure you don’t leave any benefits on the table, trust your case to an attorney with experience handling motorcycle accidents in Myrtle Beach. At David Taylor Law, we’ll handle the entire process, including communication with the insurance companies, so that you can focus on recovering from your injury.
Q: Do I need to wear a helmet every time I ride?
A: While some states require all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet, South Carolina does not have a universal helmet law. All drivers and passengers under 21, however, are required to wear a motorcycle helmet and eye protection (goggles or face shield) that is approved by the SC Department of Public Safety.
Although helmets are not required by the Department of Transportation for motorcycle riders over 21, their use could potentially save your life and is strongly advised. One simple mistake, like a driver forgetting to use a turn signal, could result in a devastating accident.
Q: How can I stay safe on a motorcycle?
A: While you can’t prevent every accident, these tips can help you reach your destination safety.
- Wear a helmet and other protective gear, such as leather clothing, boots and gloves.
- Obey all rules of the road.
- Never ride while under the influence.
- Drive defensively, watching out for distracted drivers.
- Make sure your head lamp is functioning properly and your motorcycle is well maintained.
- Never carry a passenger in a way that way that decreases your control over the motorcycle. And only do this on motorcycles that are designed to carry passengers.
Q: What are some common motorcycle accident injuries?
A: Motorcycle crashes can result in many serious injuries, such as:
- Head trauma or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Facial fractures
- Broken bones
Q: Do South Carolina motorcycle laws permit lane splitting?
A: Lane splitting, or riding between two lanes of slowed or stopped traffic, is against the law in South Carolina.
Q: Can I still file an accident claim if I am partly to blame?
A: You may still be eligible for compensation, but to a lesser degree than if another driver is solely to blame. Your motorcycle accident attorney can help determine if you have a case.
Q: How long do I have to file a claim?
A: It’s best to contact a law firm immediately and to pursue your claim as quickly as possible. That being said, injured motorcyclists have up to 3 years to file a claim.
Q: Do I need a registration plate for my motorcycle?
A: Yes. You can purchase one at your local SC Department of Motor Vehicles office.
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If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Myrtle Beach or anywhere in Horry County, contact David Taylor Law today. Our experienced attorneys are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.