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Bicycle Accident Lawyer Charleston, SC

The beautiful climate, ocean views, and hundreds of miles of multi-use trails would seem to make South Carolina heaven for bicyclists. However, South Carolina is considered one of the least bike-friendly states in the country due in large part to the high number of fatal bicycle accidents every year.


On average there are 508 reported bicycle crashes every year in South Carolina. Of these crashes, approximately 91% result in injuries, 7% result in property damage and 3% result in fatalities.


Who’s at fault for a bicycle accident in South Carolina?


Most injury claims made by bicyclists against motor vehicle drivers are negligence claims. To prove negligence in South Carolina, a bicyclist must prove that:

  • The driver owed the bicyclist a reasonable care duty

  • The driver breached their duty (speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, or texting)

  • The bicyclist was injured because of the driver’s breach 


Of course, not all bike accidents are caused by drivers. Other responsible parties might include:


  • Bicyclists. Just like drivers, bicyclists owe others on the road a duty to exercise reasonable care

  • Towns or cities. Premises liability laws require property owners to maintain their property free from dangerous conditions

  • Manufacturers. If a bicycle accident is caused by a defective product (such as a brake that fails to engage), the manufacturer may be liable

  • Comparative fault in South Carolina (both rider and driver at fault)


South Carolina is a modified comparative fault state, meaning that the plaintiff’s damages are reduced by their percentage of fault. What’s more, if the plaintiff is considered more than 50% at fault for the accident, the plaintiff is barred from recovering any damages.


Bicycle Accident Compensation in South Carolina


The number of cars vastly outnumbers bicycles on South Carolina roads. If a motor vehicle did cause the accident, the at-fault driver may be liable for the injuries and damages to the individual in the accident who is not at fault. If you were injured due to a negligent automobile driver or another bicyclist, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and injuries from the accident. You may receive compensation for the following:

  • Property damage

  • Medical injuries and bills

  • Ongoing medical treatment

  • Lost wages and future earnings

  • Emotional distress

  • Pain and suffering


Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries


Bicycle crashes may result in minor to severe injuries to the parties involved. The injured parties may suffer short-term or lifelong injuries, such as:

  • Bruises, Cuts and Scrapes

  • Sprains and strains

  • Broken bones / fractures

  • Paralysis

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Disfigurement / Amputations


What to do if you’ve been in a bike crash

  • Get medical help - your health is the priority

  • Call the Police / Gather Evidence

  • Notify your insurance company

  • Talk with a Personal Injury Lawyer


Bicycle Accident and Insurance


If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, it’s advised you don’t try to handle the insurance companies yourself. They have teams of lawyers and investigators with one goal: pay you as little as possible. Contact a knowledgeable, experienced Charleston, SC bicycle injury attorney.


Contact Our Charleston Bicycle Accident Attorney Today


If your life has been upended by the injury or death of a loved one in a bicycle accident that you believe may have been preventable, get in touch today and schedule a free consultation. Our bicycle accident lawyer, Caroline West has over 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of the injured.

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