Understanding Motorcycle Laws in South Carolina

We’re experienced Charleston Motorcycle Accident Lawyers, and we’re committed to helping riders like you understand their rights, and the regulations that apply when you ride. Let’s look at some of the South Carolina motorcycle laws, how a skilled lawyer can help defend you and your rights if an accident happens. 

The Basics 

SC law states: every person operating a motorcycle shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the drivers of motor vehicles, except as to special regulations or other provisions of law which by their nature would not apply.  

Basically, you have the same rights as anyone driving a car or truck, and the same responsibilities (duties), except when those wouldn’t make sense for a motorcycle. Let’s look at these duties in the context of a motorcycle accident. 

Motorcycle Accidents - The 4 Parts of a Successful Claim in South Carolina

Duty of care: is a legal obligation to protect others from harm. In a motorcycle accident, the at-fault driver is required to drive carefully and responsibly to prevent harm to themselves and others. This means they have a duty of care to drive in a way that doesn't put others in danger -  including obeying all traffic laws and regulations. 

Breach of duty of care: Occurs when someone fails to uphold their legal obligation to act with reasonable care, resulting in harm to another party. For instance, in a motorcycle accident case, if the at-fault driver was texting while driving, speeding, or otherwise not adhering to traffic laws, they may be considered to have breached their duty of care to others on the road. 

Causation: Establishes a direct link between the breach of duty of care and the injuries suffered by the victim. In the context of a motorcycle accident, it must be shown that the negligent actions of the at-fault driver directly caused or substantially contributed to the injuries sustained by the victim. Evidence such as witness testimonies, accident reconstruction reports, and medical records may be used to establish causation.

Damages: In a motorcycle accident case, damages may include medical expenses for treatment of injuries, rehabilitation costs, lost wages due to time off work for recovery, property damage to the motorcycle, and compensation for pain and suffering endured by the victim. Calculating damages involves assessing both economic losses with a clear monetary value and non-economic losses that are more subjective, such as pain, suffering, and emotional distress.

How Riders Law Group Can Help Your Claim

Riders Law Group knows motorcycle accident claims and is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve. Here's how our experienced team can help you:

Legal Expertise: We’ve represented riders like you in multiple motorcycle accident cases and have in-depth knowledge of relevant laws and regulations. We will thoroughly investigate your case, gather evidence, and assess the full extent of your damages to build a strong legal strategy on your behalf.

Negotiation with Insurance Companies: Dealing with insurance companies can be daunting, especially when you're recovering from injuries. Our skilled negotiators will handle all communication with the insurance company on your behalf, advocating for your rights and fighting for fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

Litigation Representation: If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, our trial-tested attorneys are prepared to take your case to court. We will represent your interests in presenting compelling arguments and evidence to help you get the maximum compensation available, so you can move forward from your injury.

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If you've been in a motorcycle accident in Charleston, SC, don't wait to get skilled legal assistance from attorneys who represent riders like you. Contact Riders Law Group today for a consultation - let us help you fight for your rights while you get on the road to recovery.

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If you’ve been injured due to someone else's negligence in South Carolina, it can be hard to know what to do next. At Riders Law Group we can help you get the compensation you deserve to continue providing for your family and to recover after an accident.