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Can You Sue a Motorcyclist for Crashing Into Your Car?


When a motorcycle crashes into a passenger vehicle, the outcome is somewhat predictable. Heavier cars shield their occupants from impacts, while motorcyclists are far more vulnerable to various injuries. However, even a lightweight motorcycle traveling at full speed could still cause injuries for car passengers. If your vehicle was struck by a motorcyclist in South Carolina, you might be wondering whether you can sue.

Three People Hospitalized After Motorcycle Impacts Chevrolet Malibu 

On March 9th of 2024, Live5News reported that three people had been hospitalized after a collision between a Chevrolet Malibu and a motorcycle. Authorities say that a Harley-Davidson was traveling down Highway 17A when it struck the Malibu, instantly causing the death of the motorcycle driver. A passenger riding on the back of the motorcycle also suffered serious injuries. In addition, the two occupants of the Malibu suffered unspecified injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital.

This incident illustrates just how much damage a high-speed motorcycle can cause. While the exact details of the crash are not clear, the impact may have caused a serious jolt to the driver and the passenger of the Malibu – perhaps leading to traumatic head injuries (TBIs) or whiplash. It’s also worth mentioning that Harley-Davidsons can be extremely heavy and sturdy. Some are close to 1,000 pounds. In contrast, the Chevrolet Malibu is a relatively lightweight vehicle with a weight of about 3,300 pounds.

Even though a Harley-Davidson may weigh only one-third of a Malibu, it can still cause serious damage at sufficient speeds. The laws of physics clearly state that speed and momentum can increase the potential force of an impact. After all, a bullet only weighs a mere fraction of a human body – but it causes serious damage because of its velocity. The same basic logic applies to motorcycles. A 33% reduction in weight is not an especially important factor if the motorcycle travels at high speed before impact.

Suing a Motorcyclist for Causing Your Injuries 

It is possible to sue a negligent motorcyclist for causing your injuries. Just like any other motorist, you can hold them liable for their negligence on the road. However, you may need to pursue compensation from their estate if they die in the collision with your vehicle. In addition, you must prove that you suffered real injuries in order to pursue a lawsuit. This highlights the need to seek immediate medical attention after a collision with a motorcycle.

Find a Qualified, Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in South Carolina 

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced Charleston motorcycle accident attorney, look no further than Mickelsen Dalton, LLC. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs involved in these accidents. If a motorcyclist has caused you to suffer injuries due to their negligence, you have every right to hold them accountable. Book your consultation today to get started with an effective action plan.




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