Bicycle Safety in Charleston, SC

Biking is a common hobby and method of transportation for Charleston residents and visitors. Choosing to bike can have great health and environmental benefits; however, accidents involving bicyclists can be extremely dangerous and can cause great harm to those involved. 

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, or any city in South Carolina, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Conover Law Firm is here to help you recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other expenses. We are available 24/7 at (843) 829-HURT, or you can begin by submitting some information about your case online.

How to Stay Safe While Biking in Charleston

According to the City of Charleston, there are 5 things you can do to stay safe while biking: obey traffic signs, ride in the same direction as cars, stay to the right except when turning left, always be visible, and keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.

Other common bicycle driver safety tips include looking both ways, being predictable, wearing a helmet, passing on the left, and maintaining a safe speed. Yet, no matter how safe you’re riding; unfortunately, some bicycle accidents are inevitable. For instance, if a driver is distracted and isn’t looking at the road, they may collide with you before you have a chance to get out of their way.

If you’ve been injured due to someone else on the road being negligent, then you may be entitled to compensation under South Carolina law. Often, after a bicycle accident, the insurance company will try to lowball your offer or deny your claim altogether. Don’t worry, the Conover Law Firm is here to make sure this doesn’t happen and that you recover every dollar you’re owed.

Common Injuries After a Bike Accident

Most commonly, bicyclist accidents can result in:

  • Broken Bones
  • Fractures
  • Sprains, and more.

Unfortunately, some accidents can cause long-term and even life-threatening injuries for bicyclists, especially if the accident involved a motor vehicle. These may include:

  • Head injuries:
    • Skull fractures
    • Concussions, and more.
      • To help prevent severe head trauma, it is important to always wear a buckled helmet while biking.
  • Facial fractures
  • Rib fractures
  • Impalement
    • Sometimes bicyclists are impaled during the accident, often by their handlebars.

What to Do If You’re Hit While Biking

The first thing you should do if you’re hit while biking is to seek medical attention. Make sure a doctor treats you for any injuries immediately sustained from the accident. Seeing a doctor following a bicycle accident can help prove that the accident caused your injury.

You should also try to take as many pictures as possible. Some important things to photograph include the at-fault party’s vehicle, the scene of the accident, your injuries, the condition of your bicycle, and any witnesses at the scene. This can all be used as evidence for your case if you decide to pursue legal action.

South Carolina Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Conover Law Firm can help you recover from a bicycle accident and get you what you’re OWED under South Carolina law. Start your road to recovery by calling (843) 829-HURT. Your first consultation is FREE.

Our law firm’s promise is to put our clients first. We will walk you through the legal process so you understand what is going on throughout your case, provide you honest feedback, and give you confidence in your case.

Don’t get run over by insurance companies or adjusters. Schedule your free consultation with Conover Law Firm today.

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Disclaimer: The opinions and ideas in this article are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice. Each case is different and must be evaluated based on its own particular facts and merits.

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