Motorcycle accident injuries are usually worse than what a driver would suffer in a car crash because there is little to protect the motorcyclist from impact. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Laurens, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call the Hite Law Firm to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
Motorcycle Insurance Coverage Requirements in South Carolina
Like any motorist, motorcyclists are required to have insurance. The relevant requirements under state law are as follows:
- $25,000 for bodily injury liability or death of one person.
- $50,000 for bodily injury liability or death per accident.
- $25,000 for property damage liability.
- $25,000 for uninsured motorist coverage per person.
You may need to use your own insurance coverage when the other driver is uninsured or does not have enough coverage.
Motorcycle Rider Responsibilities in South Carolina
Motorcyclists have the same rights and duties as any other motorist in South Carolina. They cannot overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. In addition, lane splitting is also illegal in South Carolina.
However, state law does not require a motorcyclist over the age of 21 to wear a helmet. Each rider can make their own choice about whether to wear a motorcycle helmet.
Recovering Compensation Even if You Were Partially at Fault
The insurance company usually tries to blame the motorcyclist for the crash as a rule of thumb.
There may be times when you do bear some responsibility for what happened, but the driver bears more.
For example, you may have been going just over the speed limit, but the other driver made an illegal turn into your lane. Under South Carolina law, you would still be able to recover financial compensation so long as you were less than 50% to blame for the accident. Your compensation would be reduced by the amount that you were to blame. However, you would need an attorney to defend your own actions when the insurance company unfairly tries to scapegoat you to save money.
Why Hire the Hite Law Firm?
Motorcycle cases require a tough and determined advocate for your legal rights. There is more at stake since motorcycle accident settlements tend to be larger. You need someone who can stand up to the insurance company, and that is exactly what we do at the Hite Law Firm. Our Laurens personal injury lawyers do not stop until the job is done. For your purposes, that means that we will help you get the highest possible compensation for your claim.
Call a Laurens Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
The Hite Law Firm can help you as a motorcycle crash survivor, but first, you need to reach out to us. Once you hire us, we will handle the details of your case and work to get you everything that you deserve for your injuries. We can review your case and explain your pathway forward.