Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Charleston, South Carolina
Any biker will tell you that there is nothing more freeing and exhilarating than riding a motorcycle on the open road such as Interstate 26. Unfortunately, you’re sharing that open road with vehicles of all sizes, of which some do not heed much caution and through no fault of your own, you become injured and your bike gets totaled. What ensues can be a nightmare for you.
If you live in historic Charleston, S.C. and have been involved in an accident especially on this busy highway, rest assured our motorcycle accident lawyers at Crantford Meehan is here for you. We know that aside from the 137,000 people who reside in Charleston, you’re also sharing the streets with tourists coming to see Fort Sumter, among other historic sites in town. This increases the chances of an accident.
Charleston, SC Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Crantford Meehan Attorneys at Law recognize the long-term effects that injuries can have on our clients. The physical, financial and emotional burden can be quite heavy on you and your loved ones. Whether the injury was serious or minor, the party at fault should be responsible for covering all your hospital and medical bills, loss of wages, and the long list of other unexpected motorcycle-related accident injuries. We want to recover what you are entitled to receive. As the best motorcycle accident attorneys in the area, we pride ourselves on successfully representing victims in Charleston, SC.
As you are most likely out of work due to injuries and don’t have a lawyer to help deal with the insurance company, hiring an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer would relieve that stress from you.
South Carolina has several laws that regulate the safe operation of motorcycles, which is important for any rider to understand in order to protect themselves in the event of a motorcycle accident. It is also important to speak with a South Carolina motorcycle accident attorney who know how state regulations affect South Carolina motorcycle accident cases. When it comes to insurance companies, they will fight tooth and nail to make getting a settlement or verdict more complicated.
If you are speeding, driving aggressively, or not driving with a valid motorcycle license, you are more susceptible to claims that a motorcycle wreck was your fault. Understanding South Carolina's motorcycle accident laws can help with receiving a fair settlement or verdict:
1). Helmet Law - In South Carolina motorcycle helmet are only required for riders under 21 years of age. Motorcycle helmets must have reflectors on both sides.
2). Eye Protection - South Carolina requires eye protection for all riders under the age of 21, unless the cycle they are riding is equipped with a windscreen.
3). Insurance Requirements - All riders in South Carolina must carry insurance. The minimum policy limits are $15,000 per person, $30,000 per incident, and $10,000 for property damage.
4). Statute of Limitations - In South Carolina personal injuries claims and wrongful death claims must be brought within three years of the date of the injury or death.
5). Motorcycles Sharing Lanes - According to Section 56-5-3640 (a), motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane, and no motor vehicle shall be driven in a manner that would deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane.
6). Lane Splitting: According to Section 56-5-3640 (b and c), the operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic, or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
As imperative as it is for motorcycle riders to understand these laws, it is vital for your attorney to be well-versed in South Carolina's motorcycle laws. Even with knowing how to build a case, how to present it at settlement negotiations, and how to present to juries, having that extensive knowledge with motorcycle laws can help us successfully collect just compensation for our clients’ injuries.
About Crantford Meehan
Our stellar lawyers at Crantford Meehan make every motorcycle accident case in Charleston, SC a top priority. If you have suffered an injury in Charleston, SC and surrounding areas, call us for a free consultation today. We are more than confident in the work that we do, having helped hundreds of motorcycle accident victims in town and statewide. Whether through a settlement or verdict, we can seek full recovery for your damages. Make sure to contact our office so we may review your case and let you know what you are entitled to receive. You can depend on us to reach the results that you deserve.
Crantford Meehan two office locations:
50 Folly Rd Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407
4001 East Palmetto St
Florence, SC 29506
By Appointment Only