If you or someone you care about suffered a spinal cord injury, you have come to the right place. My name is Kenneth Berger. I practice law here in Columbia, South Carolina, and my entire job revolves around helping people who've had catastrophic injuries. First of all, human to human, I want to express my sympathy for what you're going through. Spinal cord injuries are life-changing – not just for the injured person, but for their family, friends, and caretakers. Even though there's a very tough road ahead filled with doctor appointments and rehabilitation, I want to assure you that from a legal standpoint you don’t have to go through it by yourself. Although my personal injury firm has won multiple awards for successes in the legal field, what really gives us the most pride is knowing that we have helped numerous clients achieve peace of mind by allowing them to focus on healing while we handle everything else. From ensuring the client gets the best medical care, to negotiating reductions on medical bills, to standing up against insurance companies and the people that hurt you when they simply refuse to acknowledge the depth and impact that their actions had on an innocent human being, our entire team works very diligently to help people with catastrophic injuries in South Carolina. So, if you have suffered a spinal cord injury, if you're living with someone who's dealing with a spinal cord injury, know that we are here to help. You can take some time on our website, we've got a lot of articles, videos, and FAQs that cover different facets of catastrophic injury cases. When you’re ready, contact our office to find out how we can help you. As we have done with many clients, we want to know your story. We want to get to know you so that you'll know that you're treated like family. It's through getting to know you person to person, developing that trust and rapport, that we're able to achieve fair and just results for people who are oftentimes dealing with something lifelong, yet only have one true shot at legal justice.

South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Devastating motorcycle accidents can happen to even the most careful riders, leaving the injured person and their families with questions about liability and how medical costs and other expenses from the crash are going to be paid.

If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, our Columbia injury lawyers are here to help you navigate the legal system and ensure your legal rights are protected. Below we’ve answered common questions people have after a collision, and we are also available via chat, contact form, or telephone to speak with you and schedule a free consultation.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes in Columbia, SC

Motorcycle wrecks can happen in the blink of an eye—before the rider can react. Accidents happen so fast, in fact, that it’s common for a motorcycle rider who has survived a collision to state, “One minute I was on my bike, and the next I was waking up in the hospital.” Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents involving cars or trucks:

  • Left turns. One of the most common and deadly causes of wrecks is when a driver fails to see an oncoming motorcycle and performs a left-hand turn in front of the rider. These types of accidents account for up to 42 percent of all car-motorcycle crashes.
  • Lane changes. Cars and trucks can strike an unwary rider during a lane change, especially if the lane change is sudden.
  • Rear-end accidents. Drivers may not see a motorcyclist stop at an intersection ahead and strike the rear tire of the motorcycle, throwing the rider into cross traffic.
  • Drunk drivers. Intoxicated drivers can barely operate their vehicles and have a hard time seeing or avoiding other cars, let alone a motorcycle.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Crash in South Carolina

These five steps can help ensure your legal rights are protected after a motorcycle crash in South Carolina.

  1. Focus on getting well. After an accident, you should prioritize your health and seek proper medical care. Motorcycle wrecks often leave people with serious injuries, including some that may not be visible to the eye, like a TBI or internal bleeding. Seeking medical treatment after a wreck can help ensure no injuries go untreated.
  2. File all medical bills with your health insurance company. Hospitals will often claim they are unable to file your medical bills with your insurance provider if you were injured in a vehicle accident. Do not let them mislead you. If you have health insurance, insist that all bills are submitted to your provider, who will then cover all procedures covered by your plan. For more information on using health insurance after a wreck, read this article: Can the Hospital Refuse to File My Bill with the Health Insurance Company?  
  3. Proceed with caution when speaking with insurance adjusters. An adjuster’s job is to pay you as little as possible to settle your injury claim. So, when they call to discuss the collision, be mindful of how you describe your health and the wreck and know that you are not obligated to give a recorded statement. We recommend at least consulting with a motorcycle accident attorney before speaking with an adjuster to ensure your rights are protected.
  4. Be careful when sharing information on social media. It can be tempting to post details about your motorcycle wreck on social media to let people know how you are doing. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters often try to use this information against you. Sharing updates offline via text or phone call may be a safer route to prevent adjusters from twisting your words to prove you deserve a smaller settlement.
  5. Schedule a free legal consultation. After your crash, you may also want to contact a South Carolina motorcycle accident attorney. A lawyer can help you understand your rights pertaining to fair compensation and help you determine whether a lawsuit is worth pursuing.

Contact a Columbia, SC Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

With our central location in Columbia and a second office location in Myrtle Beach, we are able to help injured riders across the entire state of South Carolina. Our goal is to protect your legal rights and ensure that no injured person is taken advantage of by dangerous drivers and the insurance companies that represent them.

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina, our team of attorneys will review your individual situation and help you decide on the right course of action in order to receive full compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation, property damage, lost time and wages, pain and suffering, and more.

For a free case evaluation, contact us today at 803-790-2800 or via the live chat box below.