If you are hurt in a motorcycle mishap in Columbia, South Carolina, contacting a trusted attorney should be one of the first things you do. Even though roads are supposed to accommodate motorcycles as much as cars or trucks, motorcyclists know they are often treated as second-class citizens when traveling the roadways. Other drivers’ disregard for safety can often result in serious damage to life and limb. Worse, when it is necessary to file a claim for damages, insurance companies can make receiving the money you deserve extremely difficult; in some cases, they may deny your claim entirely.
The Hughey Law Firm is in the business of fighting aggressively for clients injured in motorcycle accidents in and around Columbia, South Carolina. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing injured motorcyclists, including:
We also offer the following:
The members of the Hughey Law Firm have collected more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients. Naturally, every case is based on its own specific circumstances, and there is no guarantee of the results in any particular case; however, our team’s dedication is clear through our proven track record of success. A few of the victories attained by the Hughey Law Firm include:
Those who travel by motorcycle understand the joy of the open road: wind blowing against our faces; the maneuverability of a well-tuned motorbike, and the unmatched views of our state’s southern beauty. These pleasures are also, however, the reasons why motorcyclists are exceptionally vulnerable to the negligence of other motorists. Our firm frequently encounters claims for motorcycle injuries that include:
Discovering the party or parties responsible for an accident is not as easy as some imagine. While most incidents are caused by the negligence or bad acts of a single party, in some cases, more than one party may be liable; for example, when a speeding driver spins out due to a poorly-maintained section of the road and hits a motorcyclist, who is responsible? The driver, for driving recklessly? The city, for failing to maintain the road? What if the accident occurred on private property, such as a poorly-designed parking lot? Where motorcycle accidents are concerned, assigning liability can be complex, and pursuing justice against many defendants can require substantial investigation, preparation, and in some cases, litigation.
At times, car drivers may not see motorcyclists if the cyclist is in their blind spot. Additionally, drivers who are making left turns may fail to avoid an oncoming motorcyclist who has bypassed a line of stopped traffic (lane splitting). Drivers who fail to check the areas around their vehicles or make sudden maneuvers are often responsible for serious injuries to motorcyclists.
In other cases, a separate entity might be responsible for the accident. General Motors, for example, is being sued by Oscar Nilsson; Nilsson was hit by an autonomous Chevy Bolt while lane splitting. Though lane splitting is legal in California, this case is still heavily debated. Self-driving cars are still being fine-tuned, but is that any excuse for another injured motorcyclist?
Some accidents involve a manufacturing or design defect. Like automobiles, many motorcycles are recalled annually. In most states, when a motorcycle owner holds a manufacturer or seller liable, the owner must prove the product was flawed when it left the manufacturer’s custody, and that it caused the owner’s injuries.
Last year, the SE Texas Record covered a defective product liability suit brought against Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group. The claim was filed in the Jefferson County District Court by Kenneth and Mandy LaMountain. When traveling on I-10 in Lake Charles, their Harley’s engine oil cooling line malfunctioned. Oil leaked onto the rear tire, and allegedly caused a crash. The business where LaMountain purchased the motorcycle, Cowboy Motorsports, was also accused of failing to warn LaMountain of the defect; the plaintiffs are seeking more than $1 million in damages.
Other reasons for motorcycle accidents may include:
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for specific damages. These often include but are not limited to:
To assure your rights are protected, it’s important to follow these steps in the aftermath of an accident:
Justice is the right of all Americans, which is why our firm handles motorcycle accident cases on a contingency basis. This means you will not be required to pay any attorney fees upfront, and our firm only recovers fees when we reach a settlement or successful judgment.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident in Columbia, South Carolina, call the Hughey Law Firm at (843) 881-8644 or write to us online without delay. Consultations are free, and our team of experienced motorcycle accident attorneys is dedicated to ensuring victims of motorcycle accidents recover the compensation they deserve.
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