South Carolina Moped Accident Lawyer
Whether you ride your moped for fun, personal trips, or the work commute, you are no doubt well-aware of the threat presented by the much larger, heavier vehicles sharing the road with you. As such, statistics from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Traffic Collision Fact Book may not surprise you. There are around 75 moped collisions in Charleston County every year, leading to more than 60 fatalities and injured victims. In other words, more than 80 percent of all moped accidents lead to death or bodily harm to at least one victim.
Fortunately, state laws that protect victims of auto collisions also provide you with options if you were hurt in a moped accident. The Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm has extensive experience representing injured victims, so we are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation with a South Carolina moped accident lawyer, and read on for some basic information about these cases.
Liability in Moped Collision Claims
Accidents involving any motorized vehicle are usually the result of the same common factor: Negligence. This term means more than just carelessness, because it is the basis of liability in a moped crash. To recover compensation, you must prove that the at-fault motorist caused the accident by breaching the legal duty to drive safely. Some examples of driver negligence include:
- Running red lights or stop signs;
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Ignoring other traffic signage, lane markings, and controls;
- Texting, talking on the phone, posting to social media, and related cell phone use;
- Other forms of distracted driving, such as eating, grooming, or adjusting the radio.
Note that negligence concepts also apply to your own conduct. If you engaged in careless or risky activities while riding your moped, your compensation could be reduced by your proportion of fault.
How Injured Victims Can Recover Compensation
Your first step after a moped collision is filing a claim with the responsible motorist’s insurance company. Our South Carolina moped accident attorney will tackle the legal tasks, including gathering evidence and filing the claims forms. We will protect your interests during settlement negotiations, as insurers often deny or make lowball counteroffers. If the insurance company refuses to settle, we will file a lawsuit in court.
At the Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm, it is our goal to ensure you receive full compensation for your losses, including:
- Medical costs for surgery, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain medications, and related care;
- Lost wages, if you were unable to work after the moped crash;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Losses related to diminished quality of life; and
- Many more.
Discuss Your Options with a South Carolina Moped Accident Lawyer
While this information may help you understand the basics, you will need experienced legal counsel on your side to pursue your legal remedies after a moped accident. To learn how our team supports injured victims, please contact the Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm. You can set up a no-cost case evaluation by calling 843-310-5555 or visiting our website.