Bicycle Accident Lawyers in South Carolina

Injured on a bicycle by a reckless driver?

Bicyclists can be seriously hurt in a collision with a vehicle – we can help you seek compensation.

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A South Carolina Bicycle Accident Attorney Who Fights for You

The good news: South Carolina continues to incorporate bike paths and bike lanes for cyclists throughout the state.

The bad news: The vast majority of bike travel still occurs on streets and roadways that cyclists share with motorists. In 2020, one bicyclist was killed every 24.4 days in a collision with a vehicle on South Carolina roadways.

In 2020, SCDPS recorded pedacycle accidents involving 16 fatal collisions with vehicles.

Sharing the road with automobiles and trucks is often dangerous for bicyclists. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident with a negligent driver, you can increase your odds of getting compensation. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin today at 1-866-900-7078, and we will help you fight for everything you may deserve.

South Carolina Bicycle Laws: Requirements for Bicyclists

While bicyclists are not generally required to wear helmets or protective gear, South Carolina state law (Article 27, Section 56-5-3410-3490) requires bicyclists to:

  1. use bicycle lanes when provided, unless passing or avoiding an obstruction
  2. ride as near to the right side of the road as possible (in most cases)
  3. exercise due care when passing a standing car or one moving in the same direction
  4. not ride more than two side-by-side on roadways shared with cars
  5. not carry more passengers than the bike was intended for
  6. not attach the bike to a vehicle on the road
  7. not carry anything that prevents them from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars
  8. signal turns
  9. equip the bike with working brakes

If you were injured in an accident with a motor vehicle while riding your bicycle but you weren’t following all of the laws listed above, can you still seek financial compensation from the at-fault driver? Yes. The following section outlines how South Carolina addresses fault in personal injury claims.

Determining Fault in South Carolina Bicycle Accident Injury Claims

South Carolina follows the doctrine of comparative negligence to determine the amount of damages you may be eligible to recover in a bicycle accident claim. According to this doctrine, your potential recovery can be reduced by the percentage of negligence, or fault, assigned to you.

For example, if you were found to be 10% at fault for the accident, your recovery would be reduced proportionally, and you could potentially recover only up to 90% (100% – 10%) of the damages you suffered.

In South Carolina, you may be entitled to recover damages – even if you share fault for the accident – as long as you are no more than 50% at fault. If you are found to be 51% or more at fault for the accident, you are generally not entitled to recover any damages.

Because an attorney can be instrumental in helping you try to hold the at-fault driver accountable for your bike wreck, we encourage injured victims in South Carolina to consult with an experienced attorney before making a personal injury claim.

South Carolina Bicycle Laws: Requirements for Motorists

While much of South Carolina bicycle law focuses on the responsibilities of the cyclist, there are a few provisions that seek to regulate the behavior of others towards bicyclists. Motorists are:

1) prohibited from blocking a bike lane to oncoming bike traffic

2) should yield to a bicyclist in the bike lane before entering or crossing it

3) required to maintain a safe operating distance between their motor vehicles and bicycles

In addition, people are prohibited from harassing or throwing things at cyclists.

Motorists often claim that they did not see the bicyclist until it was too late.

One of the most common complaints of cyclists is that motorists often do not respect the cyclists’ right to share the same roadway. When this happened to Gladys A., resulting in serious injuries, we fought for her.

Common Bike Accident Causes and Injuries

Some of the most common causes of crashes between cars and bicycles are due to driver negligence.

Since bicyclists are exposed and not enclosed in a protective steel frame like occupants of a car, their injuries can often be very serious. Common injuries that bike accident victims suffer include:

  • broken bones, fractures, and dislocations
  • muscle strains and contusions
  • facial injuries involving the eyes, dental fractures, and cuts and bruises
  • head injuries, including skull fractures
  • neck injuries
  • spinal cord injuries
  • traumatic brain injuries and concussions
  • road rash and skin abrasions

Injuries such as these can require significant medical attention and time to heal. And they won’t be inexpensive, either.

Seeking Compensation After Bicycle Accidents: What Am I Owed?

If the bicycle accident that you were injured in was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can seek compensation from the at-fault motorist. Your attorney can help you identify as many damages as possible in order to calculate your potential case value.

Common damages from bicycle crashes may include:

  • medical bills
  • lost wages
  • pain and suffering
  • property damage

Learn More: South Carolina Personal Injury Law Guide

Bicycle accident attorneys also help victims identify possible sources of compensation, such as various types of insurance coverage that could come into play and personal assets.

Do You Need a Lawyer to Make a Bicycle Accident Injury Claim in South Carolina?

While you do not need a lawyer to make a personal injury claim in South Carolina, it is advisable to get a free consultation from one prior to filing your claim. At our law firm, the case evaluation is always free. We will let you know if we think we can help you recover compensation.

We help our clients by handling all the details, dealing with the insurance company, etc.

We fight for you to try to get as much as possible, as quickly as possible. And we keep our clients in the loop every step of the way.

Can You Afford to Hire a Bicycle Accident Attorney?

Yes, we work on a contingency fee basis to ensure that you can. With a contingency fee, there is no hourly or flat fee charged, and it doesn’t cost you any extra to hire us immediately. That way, we can start working on your case as soon as possible.2

We bear the burden of investigating and pursuing your claim so that you can focus on your recovery. And we only collect a percentage of the total amount recovered for you, so our attorney’s fee is contingent on if we recover for you. Put another way, if we do not recover compensation for your claim, you pay no attorney’s fee.2 Guaranteed.

How Do You Know if You Have a Case? We’ll Evaluate It for Free

We know South Carolina law, and we fight hard to protect the rights of people who have been hurt by the negligence of others. Let us put you first, starting with a free case evaluation. If we don’t think we can put you in a better financial position, we won’t waste your time.

Why You Should Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin

Since 1997, our firm has recovered more than $1.8 billion in total for more than 65,000 injured people.1  U.S. News – Best Lawyers named us to the “Best Law Firms” list for 2024.4

Need more reasons? Check out these South Carolina client reviews.

Call us at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online today for a free case evaluation.

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