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Thanks to South Carolina’s subtropical climate, bicycle riders can get out on the road just about year-round. Unfortunately, despite the prevalence of bicycle riders on the roads in and around Columbia and other cities throughout the Palmetto State, drivers continue to put riders in harm’s way. Collisions involving bicycles and motor vehicles are common, and as you might expect, the riders involved in these collisions are the ones who usually bear the brunt of the harm.

Cyclists are also the ones who are usually following the law. While the dangers of driving recklessly or carelessly in the presence of cyclists are obvious, far too many drivers still choose to ignore the risks. They speed, tailgate, pass too close, read texts and social media posts, and do so without regard for the serious safety risks involved. Request a free consultation with an experienced attorney, Marc Brown, for assistance with your case.

Questions That You May Have Regarding Bicycle Rights In South Carolina

Are You Entitled to Financial Compensation for Injuries You Sustained in a Bicycle Accident in South Carolina?

If you were hit by a vehicle while riding your bicycle in South Carolina, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Bicycle riders have clear legal rights, and drivers have clear legal obligations when they are behind the wheel. If you were seriously injured because a driver ignored the risks of driving dangerously, you deserve to be compensated, and attorney Marc Brown can help you collect the compensation you deserve.

What Are Your Legal Rights As A Bicycle Rider In South Carolina?

In South Carolina, bicyclists have the same rights on the road as motor vehicle drivers. Among other things, this means that you have the right to occupy your lane, you have the right (and obligation) to come to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic signals, and you have the right to a reasonable buffer at all times. You also have the right to seek just compensation if you are injured as a result of driver negligence, and you can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to recover your accident-related losses.

What Are Drivers’ Legal Obligations When They Encounter Bicyclists On The Road?

Motorists have a number of legal obligations when they encounter bicyclists on the road. For example, under Section 56-5-3435 of the South Carolina Code, motorists are required to “maintain a safe operating distance between the motor vehicle and a bicycle” at all times. Additionally, under Section 56-5-3230 of the law, motorists must “exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or any person propelling a human-powered vehicle [i.e., a bicycle] and shall give an audible signal when necessary.”

With these obligations (among others) in mind, government authorities in South Carolina recommend that drivers take a number of precautions to avoid causing collisions with bicycle riders. These recommendations include:

  • “Give cyclists space to take the entire lane when hazards, road width, or traffic speed dictate.”
  • “[R]educe speed to allow extra time for cyclists to traverse intersections.”
  • “Look for cyclists when opening car doors.”
  • “Reduce speed and leave at least three feet of space between your car and a cyclist when passing.”
  • “Wait until road and traffic conditions allow [you] to pass safely.”

What Types Of Bicycle Accident Injuries Are Covered By Insurance?

Just as auto insurance covers all types of injuries resulting from vehicle-on-vehicle collisions, it provides full coverage for bicycle accident injuries as well. If you have suffered any type of serious injury in a bicycle accident, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free initial consultation. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Back injuries
  • Bone fractures (including collar bone, rib, limb, and pelvis fractures)
  • Burns
  • Facial injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Severe road rash
  • Soft tissue injuries (ligament, muscle, and tendon injuries)
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Whiplash

Get Legal Help Today – Contact A Columbia Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today

If you would like more information about your legal rights after a bicycle accident in South Carolina, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with attorney Marc Brown.

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Meet Attorney Marc Brown

Marc Brown is an experienced personal injury and civil rights attorney serving clients throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Marc is motivated by the challenge of helping his clients solve their complex legal issues, and most importantly, he obtains favorable results. He is a caring and conscientious attorney who brings the experience and resources of a larger firm to his practices in Sumter and Columbia, SC.

A Personable & Dedicated South Carolina Attorney

As someone who has always had a keen sense of right and wrong and a desire to achieve excellence and fairness in all things, pursuing law was a natural career choice. After graduating with honors from the prestigious Emory University School of Law, Marc went on to become a dedicated litigator who focuses on personal injury, workers’ compensation, and criminal defense cases.

Why Choose Us?

Choosing an attorney is a very important decision, but it can be difficult. When you choose the Marc Brown Law Firm, we do everything we can to keep you informed, put your needs first, and to make sure justice is served. Here are just a few reasons to choose us:

The Right Experience

Attorney Marc Brown has experience that matters. Prior to opening this law firm, Marc spent nearly a half a decade defending big insurance companies and large corporations in personal injury and commercial litigation matters across the United States. Marc knows exactly how insurance companies and corporations evaluate claims and what they look at when deciding to increase the amount they are willing to pay. He thinks outside the box to find additional or hidden opportunities for favorable results.

We’ll Come To You

After being injured in a serious accident, you need to focus on getting better. Serious accidents can be hard on an individual, physically and emotionally. The Marc Brown Law Firm is dedicated to fight for you while you recover. If you are unable to travel to our office for any reason, we will personally visit you! Just give us a call to talk whenever you may be in need of assistance. We’re here to help.

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At the Marc Brown Law Firm, we choose to put our clients first. Our clients are more than just a case number. We think of each of our clients as extended members of the family. We make sure to inform our clients of all their legal options and provide timely updates throughout the life their case.

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We are available around the clock for our clients. If at any point we are unavailable, we promise to promptly respond to all messages within hours.

Dedicated

We work hard so that our clients receive the justice they deserve! When necessary, Attorney Marc Brown retains investigators, engineers, and other experts to help prove your case. Insurance companies are big, but Marc is experienced and resourceful. We fight for each of our clients so that you can receive the maximum compensation available to you.

No Fees Unless We Win*

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront cost to clients. You only pay lawyer fees when we win your case. This also means that your attorney is only paid a percentage of what is recovered for you. The Marc Brown Law Firm has a vested interest in ensuring that each of our clients receive the maximum recovery available to them. We are determined to fight tirelessly to recover for you.

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