Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Myrtle Beach, SC
With over 100 years of combined experience, the motorcycle accident lawyers at Axelrod & Associates are here for you if you have been hurt in a motorcycle crash in SC.
We support the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally, the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally, and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest each year, some of us are motorcyclists, and we are serious about helping injured bikers recover maximum compensation from reckless drivers.
Look twice, save a life.
Your SC motorcycle accident attorney on the Axelrod team has the experience that you need to investigate your crash, demand full compensation from the insurance company, and take your case to trial unless you receive the maximum compensation that you are entitled to under SC law.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle crash in SC, call Axelrod & Associates at 843-353-3449 or complete our contact form to talk with an attorney who has the experience you need, who cares about your case, and who will do everything possible to recover maximum compensation for you.
How a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help You
If you or a family member have been injured in a motorcycle crash, your attorney on the Axelrod team will:
- Meet with you – if you cannot make it to our office due to your injuries, we will come to you to answer your questions and learn about your case,
- Investigate the crash, hiring accident reconstructionists when needed,
- Collect the evidence you will need to prove both liability and damages in your case,
- Identify all parties who may be liable and insurance policies that will pay your damages,
- Ensure you get all needed medical care,
- Negotiate for a full and fair settlement of your claim,
- File a lawsuit if your case is not settled by the insurance adjuster,
- Litigate your case while continuing to seek a full and fair settlement of your claim, and
- Take your case to trial if your case is not settled.
FAQ for Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Myrtle Beach, SC
If you have been involved in an auto accident, you may have questions.
Below, we provide some general information, but you should contact a Myrtle Beach motorcycle crash attorney immediately to discuss the specifics of your case and to find out what your options are.
What Type of Damages Can I Receive in a Motorcycle Accident?
The at-fault driver must compensate you for all damages that we can prove and that were caused by their negligence, including:
- Property damage,
- Medical expenses,
- Future medical costs,
- Long-term care,
- Lost wages and loss of earning potential,
- Loss of consortium and loss of companionship,
- Disfigurement and scarring,
- Wrongful death and survivor damages,
- Pain and suffering, and
- Punitive damages when appropriate.
Does it Matter if I was Wearing My Helmet?
SC law does not require you to wear a motorcycle helmet if you are 21 or older. Therefore, it is not negligence per se if you are not wearing a helmet, and the SC Supreme Court has held that 1) comparative negligence does not apply and 2) assumption of the risk does not apply.
If you were under the age of 21 and you did not wear a helmet, the defense will argue that you were “comparatively negligent,” especially if you suffered head injuries. That doesn’t necessarily prevent you from recovering damages, though. If you are 50% or less at fault, you still recover damages, but your recovery is reduced by the percentage that you are at fault.
Is the Court System Biased Against Motorcyclists?
Some people may be biased against motorcyclists, including insurance adjusters, some jurors, and some judges. The court system, however, is not.
These streets and highways are yours, just as they belong to other motorists. And you have a right to expect other motorists to follow the traffic laws and to take care not to hurt others on the roads.
When a reckless, careless, or drunk driver causes you to crash, the law says they are responsible for the damage they caused. Even jurors who are initially biased against motorcyclists understand when they hear the facts of a case and what the law says they are to do about it.
What Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?
Motorcycle accident lawsuits are usually accepted on a contingency basis like other personal injury cases. You pay nothing unless we win your case.
If I was Partly at Fault, Can I Still Recover Damages?
SC follows a modified comparative negligence rule. This means that, if the jury finds that you were partially to blame for the crash, you still recover, but your recovery is reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you up to 50%.
For example, if you get a verdict of $1 million, but the jury finds you were 25% at fault in the motorcycle crash, your judgment will be reduced to $750,000. If you get a verdict of $1 million, but the jury finds you were 50% at fault in the motorcycle crash, your judgment will be reduced to $500,000.
If you get a verdict of $1 million, but the jury finds you were 51% at fault in the crash, you recover nothing. This is different than some other states – in NC, for example, you cannot recover damages if you were even 1% at fault.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash in South Carolina, the Myrtle Beach motorcycle accident attorneys at Axelrod & Associates may be able to help you to get maximum compensation for your injuries.