MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS | SC PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
Searching for experienced motorcycle accident attorneys? Well you have come to the right place. At our law firm, we are motorcycle accident attorneys who fight for riders who have been seriously injured. As you know, car drivers never “see” a motorcycle until it is too late. And then, your life is changed forever. Try not to worry. We are SC motorcycle accident attorneys. Call now and let’s start your recovery.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
As a former Registered Nurse (RN), Mr. Reeves has personally treated permanent, life changing injuries following a motorcycle accident. Now he brings that experience to his 27+ years of trial practice and aggressively protects the rights of seriously injured motorcycle riders. Because he knows the dangers, he knows what to look for and how to defend your case.
Motorcycle Accidents and Insurance Coverage
As most motorcycle accidents result in permanent injury, the damages usually exceed the insurance coverage of both the defendant and plaintiff motorcycle rider. In nearly every motorcycle accident, there will be some required medical treatment, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. There may be other damages depending on the case, loss of enjoyment of life, and in cases of the death of the motorcycle rider there will be the damages that accompany wrongful death, like loss of consortium.
Ride to Live But Also Live to Ride Again
Whenever you ride, there are steps you can take to help avoid an accident. After all, motorcycles are just two wheels without airbags, safety belts, or any other protections. Furthermore, a single mistake can cost you dearly. However, here are some precautions we recommend to help improve your chances to make it back home. That’s really all we care about. While we are motorcycle accident attorneys, we sincerely hope you never need our services.
Before you ride, whether for the first time or periodically, take a motorcycle certification course. Because it will refresh safe driving practices, most insurance companies give discounted rates for this training and education. Also, many motorcycle dealers offer such training or can direct you towards the best courses and instructors. And this time, everything you learn in the classroom will help you in real life.
Dress Your Best For the Worst
ALWAYS. North Carolina law requires helmets. South Carolina law makes it a choice. Regardless, this basic safety precaution often means the difference between life and death, or serious closed head/brain injury. Full face helmets offer the most protection, but regardless of the type you choose, make sure it fits properly, is DOT approved, and above all, wear it.
ALWAYS. When riding, your eyes are vulnerable. Any eye injury, whether from sand, road debris, or flying insects, will be serious and can easily cause you to lose control of your motorcycle. Never take that chance. A windshield is a good option but still does not protect you fully. Instead, make certain you have an approved shield on your helmet or fully enclosing, shatter proof goggles or glasses.
ALWAYS. The only thing between your skin and asphalt is your motorcycle jacket. Denim is better than nylon, but leather is the best protection. Go to your favorite shop and look for good fitting, vented gear so you are safe, even in hot weather.
ALWAYS. Again, asphalt and your skin do not mix well. Wearing shorts is never a good idea, and blue jeans are not much better either. If you lose control and have to “put your bike down,” you are virtually guaranteed to have serious “road rash” on your legs and hips. Leather is always the best choice. Some shops even have jacket/pants combinations that actually zip together. Get what you like and fits comfortably. You more likely to wear it and be protected.
ALWAYS. Even on hot days. Road debris, like a loose rock, can hurt and cause you to lose control. If you do “go down,” you do not want bare hands on concrete or asphalt.
ALWAYS. Motorcycle boots. Not cowboy boots. And, over the ankle boots, for better stability. Also, good rubber, non-skid, soles for best control, even on slippery surfaces and in rain.
ALWAYS. The brighter the better, but reflective is always best. As with other safety gear, never underestimate the value of being seen. Your clothing can protect you and even help prevent an accident. Also consider putting reflective tape on your helmet and even the back of your boots. Everything helps here.
Drive Like Your Life Depends On It
ALWAYS. With newer bikes, the headlights are automatic. Regardless of the motorcycle you own, keep your lights on so that other drivers can see you. It actually helps, even in bright sunlight.
ALWAYS. Use turn signals every time, but turn them “off” when done. Otherwise, other drivers may assume you are changing lanes or turning and then “cut you off” or pull out in front of you unexpectedly. Also consider corresponding “hand signals” just to make sure everyone knows your intentions.
ALWAYS. Be aware of everything on the road. Know where other drivers are at all times. Constantly check your mirrors and track vehicles behind you. Look ahead, far ahead, and anticipate potential hazards. And always have an “escape” plan just in case someone does come into your lane or pull out in front of you. Absolutely keep your distance from other drivers and assume the other car does not see you.
ONLY IF YOU MUST. Let’s be honest. It’s more fun to ride alone, and passengers can make it harder to be safe. The extra weight affects the handling of the bike, and it takes longer to stop. And, they always want to “help drive.” Instead, have passengers hold onto your waist or hips, have them lean forward when starting or accelerating, have them lean back when braking. Most importantly, tell passengers not to “lean” unless you do. The shift in weight can cause steering problems and loss of control. However, when turning or going around a corner, they should absolutely “mirror” your body dynamics and look over your shoulder in the direction of the turn. In this way, “two become one” and you both get to enjoy the ride safely.
UM and UIM Insurance on Your Motorcycle
While no one expects to get injured, they do. As motorcycle accident attorneys, we push riders to get plenty of insurance. In addition to liability, you also need lots of uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. Why? Because motorcycle accidents are almost always serious and life threatening. Talk to your insurance agent about coverage. For more information and a video on the importance of carrying adequate UM and UIM coverage click here.