Every year thousands of Americans are injured and over one thousand (1,000) of those individuals die from their injuries. Needless to say, motorcycle accidents are frequent and often deadly. Motorcycle riders in accidents involving other vehicles have a much higher risk of sustaining an injury when compared to those riding in an automobile. Further, motorists often do not see motorcycle riders and therefore cause a crash that could have been avoided. At Thomason and Pracht, LLP our lawyers believe that it is critical to look twice and save a life!
Reasons why motorcycle accidents occur and why the injuries are so serious.
Motorcycles have a smaller profile on the road which makes them harder to see
They are lighter than most other vehicles
They lack the protective enclosures and safety features automobile occupants enjoy
Often riders are thrown from the motorcycle which usually results in serious injury
Hazards and abnormalities on the roadway more easily cause a rider to lose control of his motorcycle.
These are just some of the reasons why motorcycle accident injuries tend to be serious and usually involve broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, scarring, permanent disfigurement, and other serious injuries.
Do I have a Personal Injury case if I was not wearing a helmet?
It is always a good idea to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. Studies have shown that your odds of surviving a motorcycle crash increase significantly if you are wearing a helmet. However, if you were not wearing a helmet, you may still be able to recover damages, even in states with mandatory helmet laws. The laws vary from state to state but in South Carolina motorcycle accidents the failure to wear a helmet is not an absolute bar to winning your case. Again we strongly recommend that South Carolina motorcycle riders wear every available piece of safety equipment available.
Motorcycle wrecks can be difficult cases to litigate given the numerous factors that can cause a motorcycle crash. South Carolina follows the doctrine of comparative negligence. Essentially, this means that a jury can divide the percentage of fault in an accident between all parties involved. If a jury finds that you were greater than fifty (50%) percent at fault then you will not be able to recover against a Defendant. It is very important that your first call is to a South Carolina personal injury attorney, as the legalities of motorcycle crashes are complex and should not be handled without sound legal advice.
How a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help You
Here at Thomason and Pracht, LLP we have the resources to handle your motorcycle accident case. Our office has handled cases in the past that required expert economist, accident re-constructionist, EMS experts and other professionals.
Our office is located at 303 East Greenville St., Anderson, South Carolina. In the past, our office has handled injury and wrongful death cases throughout South Carolina including, Charleston, Greenville, Horry, Orangeburg, Oconee, Greenwood and Richland counties. We have relationships with attorneys from all over South Carolina so never hesitate to call us to help. Thomason and Pracht, LLP is ready to serve you. Call us today.