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Motorcycle Accident Statistics & Acts of Negligence

Motorcycle accidents can permanently, and often fatally, injure the victims involved.  The motorcycle accident as defined by the National Highway Transportation Administration involves motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, two- or three-wheeled motorcycles, off-road motorcycles, scooters, mini bikes, pocket bikes, and all-terrain vehicles (ATV).

Motorcycle Accident Statistics in United States and South Carolina

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[li]In 2009, 4,462 motorcyclists were killed—a decrease of 16 percent from the 5,312 motorcyclists killed in 2008. There were 90,000 motorcyclists injured during 2009. [/li]
[li]In 2009, motorcyclists accounted for 13 percent of total traffic fatalities, 15 percent of all occupant fatalities, and 4 percent of all occupants injured.[/li]
[li]The fatality rate for motorcyclists in 2009 was 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants. The injury rate for motorcyclists was 0.8 times the injury rate for passenger car occupants.[/li]
[li]In 2009, 2,203 (48%) of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle in transport. In two-vehicle crashes, 78 percent of the motorcycles involved were struck in the front. [/li]
[li]In 2009, there were 2,006 two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle. [/li]
[li]Forty-two percent of motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2009 had BAC levels of .08 g/dL or higher.[/li]
[li]In 2009, there were 102 motorcyclists killed in South Carolina.[/li]
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(Source: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Safety Administration, 2010 Traffic Safety Facts, October 2011)

If you are injured while riding a motorcycle and another driver is at fault, you may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, scarring, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life and lost wages.  You should immediately contact an experienced motorcycle accident personal injury lawyer.Injuries from a motorcycle accident include broken or fractured joints (shoulders, elbows, knees, wrists, and hips), and pelvic and shoulder injuries. Soft-tissue damage like scrapes and burns also frequently occur.

The type of head injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents frequently damage the parts of the brain responsible for speech and higher functions, leaving the injured motorcyclist disabled for life and burdened with mounting medical bills for ongoing treatment.  A study done by the CDC on all Motorcycle Accidents between 2001 – 2008 showed the percentages of nonfatal injuries by primary body part motorcycle accidents were head and neck 22%, leg and foot 30%, upper body 20%, arm and hand 18%.

Negligence and Determining Cause of Personal Injury Motorcycle Accidents

Determining the cause of fault in a motorcycle accident is a highly detailed process.

An act of negligence can be due to a multitude of factors, including:

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[li]Failure to signal when turning;[/li]
[li]Careless driving;[/li]
[li]Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol;[/li]
[li]Texting while driving accidents;[/li]
[li]Distracted driving;[/li]
[li]Cell phone distracted driving accident;[/li]
[li]Drug or alcohol abuse;[/li]
[li]Excessive speed; [/li]
[li]Failure to heed traffic signals or signs;[/li]
[li]Failure to obey traffic signs or signals;[/li]
[li]Failure to signal when turning;[/li]
[li]Violation of some other law;[/li]
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If you find yourself or someone you know to be the victim of a motorcycle accident, we encourage you to contact a personal injury motorcycle accident attorney at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP today at 864.582.6727 to schedule an appointment today to discuss the legal options.  Our personal injury motorcycle accident lawyers will investigate every detail and the possible causes of your motorcycle accident so that you receive full compensation for any pain and suffering you or someone you know have endured.  We are ready to put our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers to work for you.

Wrongful Death & Complex Laws

Wrongful Death & the Complex Laws

The emotional damage can be severe, and the economic losses are often devastating.  Wrongful death can be caused by many things, including automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, defective products, construction site accidents, swimming pool accidents, boating accidents, workplace accidents, pedestrian accidents, premises liability accidents, medical malpractice or other negligent, careless, or reckless conduct. When gross negligence or reckless conduct is involved, one may also be able to obtain punitive damages.  Our attorneys provide effective, aggressive investigation and representation in wrongful death cases.

Complex Laws – Consult a South Carolina Wrongful Death Attorney

South Carolina laws regarding wrongful death cases are complex and technical.  The law strictly governs who may recover, such as a spouse, children, parents, or siblings.  Claims must be brought through the estate of the deceased relative, and are brought by an administrator or an executor.  Damages may include loss of future net income, loss of companionship and love, and loss of support.  Punitive damages may be awarded in some wrongful death cases.

Wrongful death cases are always emotional.  When you are grieving, you should not make any major decisions without consulting an South Carolina wrongful death attorney.  You should not enter into any settlement, sign any release or accept any money in exchange for releasing an individual, corporation, or insurance company from liability without first knowing what insurance coverage or other redress is available to you and your family.