Bicycling is one of the best ways to get around, for both your health and the environment. Unfortunately, In 2016, Smart Growth America ranked South Carolina as the 7th worst places for bicycles and pedestrians in 2016. Although pedestrians, bikes, and cars are supposed to share the road, they often collide, leaving the pedestrians and cyclists almost always worse off than the motorist. If you are a cyclist who has been involved injured in a collision with a motor vehicle, click here to speak to a knowledgeable Georgetown bicycle accident lawyer.
When bicyclists are involved in traffic accidents, the results are often catastrophic and can cause life-changing injuries, and even death. You may be entitled to compensation to ease the burden of your medical bills, loss of income, and emotional distress.
Snow & Woods, Attorneys at Law, LLC are experienced bicycle accident attorneys in and around Georgetown, and we have made it our professional mission to fight for the rights of our clients. For over two decades we have won hundreds of cases across North Carolina and South Carolina, and have recovered millions in compensation for our clients. Call us today for a complimentary discussion about your situation and how we can help you.
What are the Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?
Bicycle accidents often occur when;
- The motorist fails to see a cyclist and turns left
- The motorist fails to see a cyclist and turns right
- The cyclist is struck by a car door opened by the driver or backseat passenger
- The motorist is traveling too close and hits the cyclist from behind.
The above are just a few examples, and there are many more. If you have been in a South Carolina bicycle accident, you should seek medical treatment for any injuries you may have sustained. It is important to remember that some injuries are not immediately evident, such as traumatic brain Injuries.
It is vital that you keep track of all receipts and medical documents related to the accident and your treatment. You should also keep a record of your day to day experiences after the accident so that you can easily recall details if necessary.
What is the Negligent Party has Little or No Insurance?
According to South Carolina law, all drivers must carry auto insurance. Unfortunately, according to the Insurance Research Council, there are an estimated 1 in 10 motorists on the road in South Carolina who have no coverage.
Do not lose hope if the person responsible for your injuries did not have insurance, as you may be able to recover your costs under your policy. This is available through your uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist benefits. Uninsured motorist coverage is a type of policy that pays for your damages when the party at-fault lacks insurance. Similarly, underinsured motorist coverage helps to make up the difference when the party at fault has insurance in which the limits were too low to compensate you for all of your losses.
Snow & Woods, Attorneys at Law, LLCs Georgetown bicycle accident attorneys can help you understand your unique situation and what compensation you are entitled to by law. We will guide you through your entire claims process and fight on your behalf. We understand that compensation cannot make up for your physical pain and emotional distress, but we want to ensure that you have one less thing to worry about.
If you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident in South Carolina, contact our knowledgeable and experienced Georgetown personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.