With summer upon us, the open road may be calling to you and your motorcycle. While South Carolina’s scenic roads and climate make for a perfect combination to enjoy on the back of a motorcycle, it’s important to acknowledge the dangers that can exist this season for riders.
Summer Road Danger
Summer is a notoriously dangerous time on South Carolina roads, with the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day dubbed the “100 Deadly Days of Summer.” Motor vehicle accidents and fatalities experience a significant spike during this season; there are an increased number of drivers on the road, both travelers heading on summer vacations and inexperienced teenage drivers who are out of school.
Motorcycles in Auto Accidents
This is a particularly dangerous time for motorcyclists. While motorcyclists deserve the same courtesy on the road as other drivers, many motorists either don’t pay attention to motorcyclists, don’t know how to share the road with motorcycles, or simply overestimate the protection that motorcycles provide to their riders in the event of an accident.
Motorcycle accidents typically result in greater damages and injuries, because motorcycles provide less protection for riders than cars do, and motorcyclists have a greater chance of being thrown from their motorcycles during collisions. While it’s always important to remain diligent while on your motorcycle, sometimes even the most cautious riders cannot compensate for the other drivers on the road.
If you are the victim of another driver’s negligence while on your motorcycle, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries, damage to your property, and any other problems you experience as a result of the accident. In South Carolina, there are three different types of damages you can pursue if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident:
- Economic damages: the monetary losses you experienced as a result of the accident, including property damage, medical expenses, and lost wages
- Non-economic damages: the monetary losses you experienced as a result of the accident, including emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium
- Punitive damages: damages awarded with the specific purpose of punishing the defendant when their actions have been deemed particularly reckless or outrageous, and to deter others from similar conduct
SeiferFlatow knows how to fight for motorcyclists
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina due to another driver’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated. The personal injury attorneys at SeiferFlatow will fight diligently to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact our South Carolina office to schedule a consultation and put our experience and dedication on your side.