Even though a bicyclist may be cycling safely, they still have a likelihood of being involved in an auto accident on the South Carolina roads. And even if cyclists are wearing the proper helmet and pads, they still may experience serious injury due to the sheer size and weight of the motor vehicles involved. That said, if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, follow along to understand how a proficient Chesterfield County auto accident lawyer at Cockrell Law Firm, P.C. can help you attain justice via a personal injury claim.
What may cause a bicycle accident to occur in the state of South Carolina?
Typically, a bicycle accident will occur due to a motorist’s negligence. Examples of such negligence read as follows:
- Failure to yield.
- Failure to check the motor vehicle’s blind spots.
- Failure to check both ways before opening the door.
- Ignoring traffic signs and lights.
- Trying to overtake a cyclist.
- Driving on the shoulder.
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Driving while fatigued.
- Distracted driving.
What happens after a bicycle accident in South Carolina?
If your accident was due to a motorist’s failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the road, you may have a solid personal injury claim on your hands. For this claim, you must prove that your injuries and/or damages are in direct correlation to the motorist’s negligence. To collect the right evidence, you should follow the below steps:
- Alert the authorities: they will bring medical attention to the scene. They will also conduct an official police report, which you should obtain a copy of afterward.
- Capture the scene: take photos and videos of the scene. This includes your injuries, damages, and any hazards that may have led to your accident.
- Collect contact information: ask for the motorist’s name, number, email address, insurance company, insurance policy number, etc. Do the same for witnesses, and ask if they may provide witness testimony later on.
- Seek medical treatment: even if you do not notice immediate injuries, get treated at the scene and follow-up appointments. You should obtain copies of medical documentation and bills afterward, which should include the date, time, and severity of your injuries.
- Hire an attorney: contact a talented Chesterfield County personal injury lawyer immediately. You should ask for our assistance in collecting any additional evidence, such as surveillance camera footage.
What is the statute of limitations for a bicycle accident claim in South Carolina?
In South Carolina, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim, including that for a bicycle accident, is usually three years from the date of your accident. If you fail to bring forward your claim within this set deadline, you may permanently risk your right to sue.
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