Motorcycles are one of the most popular and enjoyable forms of transportation. Thousands of people in South Carolina rely on motorcycles to get them to and from work and other important destinations. Despite the convenience and enjoyment that they provide, motorcyclists are at high risk for being involved in an accident. Unlike a vehicle that provides protection from the surrounding elements and other objects, motorcycles expose riders to devastating injuries. Motor vehicle collision lawyer Patrick E. Knie has over 40 years of experience helping Spartanburg accident victims pursue the compensation they deserve from careless drivers.Establishing Liability in a Motorcycle Accident Case
The first step in seeking compensation after a motorcycle collision is to show that the defendant driver owed you a duty of care. On the road, we each owe a duty to one another to operate our vehicles with the same ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent person would use in a similar situation. For example, this means checking to see whether the adjacent lane is clear before merging, using turn signals, and driving according to the speed limit.
After establishing the duty of care that the defendant owed to the plaintiff, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s actions fell below that standard. This is known as a breach. Motorcycles are often involved in accidents because drivers fail to see them on the road before making turns or changing lanes. A violation of a traffic law will almost always constitute a breach of the duty of care because a reasonably prudent motorist would not break the law.
After showing that the defendant failed to drive according to the standard of care, a motorcycle accident victim must show that this failure was the cause of his or her injuries. In other words, the plaintiff must show that he or she would not have been hurt but for the defendant’s breach.
The last step in pursuing compensation is to provide evidence showing the monetary damages that you incurred as a result of the accident. Some common categories of damages for motorcycle collision victims include medical expenses, physical therapy, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and damage to the motorcycle. Many motorcycle accident victims experience severe head injuries, burns, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, or even death. In the event that a victim dies as a result of a crash, the victim’s surviving heirs can bring a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for the loss of their loved one.Seek Legal Guidance in Spartanburg & Greenville for Your Injury Claim
Representing motorcycle accident victims throughout South Carolina, The Law Office of Patrick E. Knie is prepared to help you investigate and assert a claim against a negligent driver who caused your injuries. The legal process can be overwhelming and stressful, but we can guide you through every step of the process and fight for your rights zealously. Car accident attorney Patrick E. Knie proudly serves residents of the Spartanburg area as well as Union, Greenville, Cherokee, and Laurens Counties. Call us now at (864) 582-5118 or contact us online to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.