A lot of spring breakers have already come and gone, but the party isn't over yet. Thousands more college students will pour into Myrtle Beach over the next few weeks.
And about the time the last of them return to school, thousands of motorcyclists will start showing up for the spring bike rallies.
Myrtle Beach gets crowded this time of year, and large crowds, heavy drinking, and never-ending lines of traffic inevitably lead to car crashes and motorcycle accidents.
If your week of fun in the sun turns tragic because of someone else's negligence, your SC personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.
DUI Accidents in Myrtle Beach
With so many young people partying and driving, DUI accidents are bound to happen. If you get hurt in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you should not have to shoulder the costs of putting your life back together.
An intoxicated driver is a negligent driver, and your Myrtle Beach DUI accident attorney can help you recover damages to pay for your medical care, any lost earnings, psychological trauma, and damage to your property.
When the negligent driver is intoxicated, SC law allows you to seek punitive damages, as well.
Other Auto Accidents in Myrtle Beach
Negligent driving doesn't always involve intoxication - negligence can be many things, like committing a traffic violation, failure to maintain the equipment on a vehicle, or distracted driving.
A driver who crashes into your car because they were using their cell phone is also negligent - and there are a lot of cell-phone-using drivers in Myrtle Beach during spring break. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost half of young drivers have texted while driving in the past 30 days, and nine people die in the United States every day because of this kind of distracted driving.
Your personal injury attorney can rely on witness testimony, phone records, or even the testimony of a cell-phone expert to determine if the at-fault driver was distracted by an electronic device.
Road Rage Incidents in SC
Of course, not all auto accidents are caused by negligence.
Large crowds and lots of booze can lead to confrontations and road rage. If someone rams your car because they don't like the way you're driving, that's not negligence - it's a deliberate act, and that means you may be able to seek punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.
If another driver is driving dangerously, aggressively, and may be experiencing road rage, you should call the police. The police report could be an important piece of evidence in your personal injury lawsuit.
Myrtle Beach and Atlantic Beach Motorcycle Accidents
Many drivers are not used to sharing the road with motorcycles, and they don't see or even look for them. That's why in two-thirds of multiple-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles, the non-motorcycle driver violates the motorcyclist's right-of-way.
If you are involved in a motorcycle crash during spring break or Myrtle Beach's spring bike rallies, you should seek medical care immediately. If you are able, you can do the following things to begin collecting evidence at the scene:
- Take photos of the vehicles and the scene;
- Take photos of your injuries and any damage to clothing, helmet, or other gear;
- Talk to witnesses and get their contact information; and
- Communicate with responding law enforcement officers to make sure they get accurate information.
If you have been in a car crash, motorcycle accident, or injured by another person's negligence during Myrtle Beach's spring break or the spring bike rallies, contact your personal injury lawyer in Myrtle Beach as soon as possible so that we can begin collecting the evidence that you will need to get compensated.