Seeking Legal Help When You’ve Been Injured in a Moped Accident
Mopeds are popular in South Carolina because of their low cost and practicality. They enable many people to run errands, get to work and just enjoy the countryside. However, the rider of a moped is at risk for serious injuries when he or she becomes involved in an accident. When this happens because of a negligent motorist or entity, a personal injury lawyer can help them get the compensation they deserve. The statute of limitations in South Carolina is three years from the date of the injury, so contacting a lawyer soon afterward is a good idea.
Help From a Myrtle Beach or Aiken Personal Injury Lawyer
When you’ve been injured in a moped accident, you can face high medical costs and a long recuperative period as well as lost wages. That doesn’t even take into account your pain and suffering. At Morris Law, we can help you obtain the compensation you need. Give us a call to set up a free no-obligation review of your case. We can tell you whether you can place a claim, what options are available to recover damages and answer all your questions.
In the state, those who want to ride a moped can obtain a license at age 15 by taking the written test and passing the eye exam. A skills test is not required. The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles states that those who are under the age of 18 and applying for a license have to be accompanied by an adult with authority over that minor. Insurance coverage is not required, and riders must obey all traffic laws. Riders must remain in the right-hand lane unless making a left turn, and those under 21 are required to wear a helmet.
Mopeds and Traffic Accidents
Because they are low-profile vehicles and move slower than others, riders are at risk for serious injuries or even fatalities if they become involved in a collision. However, there are some tips for riders to make themselves more visible and increase their safety, which include:
- Wear brightly colored clothing with reflective material or strips. This makes it easier for other motorists to spot you.
- Wear a helmet, even if South Carolina law doesn’t require one for your age bracket. Helmets offer the best protection against traumatic brain injuries in an accident.
- Keep an eye out for road hazards. Oil slicks, potholes, gravel and railroad tracks can cause a moped to crash. Remember to cross railroad tracks at a 90-degree angle to avoid risking a spill.
- Moped insurance is not required in South Carolina, but it’s inexpensive and a good idea in the event of an accident.
How a South Carolina Lawyer Can Help
Being injured in a moped accident caused by the driver of a passenger vehicle may mean the at-fault party refuses to take responsibility. In addition, you may be offered less than it takes to cover your losses. This is why it’s a good idea to have a personal injury lawyer on your side. The attorney can investigate your accident and gather the evidence needed to support your claim.
Jeff Morris – Personal Injury Lawyer
Morris Law in South Carolina is here for you when a traffic accident has caused your injuries. We want to help because suffering an injury is bad enough without having to face the financial cost. Phone us at (843) 232-0944 in Myrtle Beach and (807) 470-4444 in Aiken to schedule your free review. You can also reach us online.