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Motorcycle Accidents

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), motorcyclists are much more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to suffer serious or fatal injuries in a crash. In fact, per vehicle miles driven, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reports that traffic crash fatality rates for motorcycles are 28 times higher than for passenger vehicles.

Many motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers. If you have been injured in a motorcycle wreck that was someone else’s fault, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Why Choose Us for Your Lawyer?

At The Melonakos Law Firm, LLC in Greenville, South Carolina, we focus our practice exclusively on personal injury matters. We have experience handling motorcycle accident cases and understand the unique factors that associated with them. We have a former insurance defense attorney on our team, which gives us greater insight into the inner workings of the insurance process. Our lead lawyer has served as first chair attorney in more than 30 trials. We can negotiate skillfully on your behalf with insurance companies and will not hesitate to go to trial if it is in your best interests.

Who Is Liable in a Motorcycle Accident?

As stated by the state Department of Insurance, South Carolina is a modified comparative negligence state when it comes to auto insurance claims. This means that a motorcycle rider may recover damages in a lawsuit as long as their share fault is less than the other parties involved.  Depending on the circumstances surrounding a motorcycle crash, the liable party may be a:

  • Negligent driver
  • Defective motorcycle manufacturer
  • Defective roadway designer
  • Negligent municipal agency responsible for road safety

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries

Like passenger vehicle accidents, motorcycle wrecks have many causes. As motorcycles are smaller and less visible than passenger vehicles, a collision may occur when another driver fails to register the motorcycle in the roadway. Common causes of motorcycle accidents and injuries include:

  • Head-on collisions: This type of accident is often fatal for the motorcycle rider. It can occur when a distracted, drunk, or drowsy driver crosses the center line or travels the wrong way on a one-way road.
  • Cars making left-hand turns: A large portion of traffic crashes involving a motorcycle and a car occurs when a car traveling in the opposite direction makes a left-hand turn blocking the path of the motorcycle.
  • Road hazards: Motorcycles are smaller and less stable than passenger vehicles. Hazardous road conditions for motorcyclists may include potholes, pavement irregularities, slick roadways, dead animals, or debris in the road.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer?

Recovering full and fair compensation for a motorcycle wreck may depend on proving fault for the accident. Our experienced Greenville, South Carolina motorcycle accident attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and resources to thoroughly investigate your accident, collect and preserve evidence of fault, and prepare and present a compelling case, whether negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf or fighting for your rights in court.

Contact Our Firm Today

A motorcycle crash can cause serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. If you or your loved one has been hurt or killed in a motorcycle accident that was someone else’s fault, contact  The Melonakos Law Firm, LLC as soon as possible. Our firm has recovered more than $25 million for our clients. We can serve as the tough legal advocates you need to pursue maximum compensation for your losses.

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