Columbia Driver Error Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s error, contact Goings Law Firm, LLC today. The team at Goings Law Firm, LLC has helped many motorcycle accident victims and has won millions of dollars for their clients over the years. At Goings Law Firm, LLC, we understand that being in a motorcycle accident can be a painful and traumatic experience, both physically and emotionally. That is why we are dedicated to helping you through this trying time. As a native of South Carolina, attorney Robert F. Goings knows that when an injured party walks through the door, he and his team at Goings Law Firm, LLC are serving not only a client but also a neighbor and valued community member.

While many people enjoy riding motorcycles for the feeling of freedom it gives them, being in a motorcycle accident can have devastating consequences. The outcome of injuries as a result of being in a motorcycle accident can be magnified beyond that of a car accident because motorcycle drivers do not have the extra protection of a metal car body surrounding them when they are hit. Being in a motorcycle accident can leave the victim suffering from road rash, broken bones, torn ligaments, joint damage, and head trauma, among other things. This can mean extensive doctors visits and physical therapy. Through this painful process, medical bills may mount. Medical bills coupled with lost time at work and lost time with family and loved ones, among other things, may cause additional stress on a victim who is already going through enough. You do not have to suffer through this difficult period alone.

If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s mistake, call our compassionate and knowledgeable team of experienced Columbia driver error motorcycle accident lawyers at Goings Law Firm, LLC today at (803) 350-9230 to schedule a free consultation.

South Carolina Motorcycle Accidents

South Carolina has consistently been named one of the top five worst places to drive in the United States, with South Carolina drivers rating as the third worst drivers in the United States. With the number of injuries from 2014 increasing by 10.5%, there were 58,604 traffic-related injuries in South Carolina in 2015. In South Carolina in 2016, of those vehicles involved in traffic accidents, 14% were motorcycles. A car accident occurs in South Carolina every 3.9 minutes, with a motorcyclist being killed every 2.6 days. Alarmingly, fatality rates from motorcycle accidents were up across South Carolina from 2014 to 2015.

While death is the most severe consequence of a traffic accident, injuries also result from traffic accidents and occur with great frequency. Since 2011, there have been over 1,000 motorcycle collisions in South Carolina each year, with over 100 fatalities in each of those years except one (2014). Furthermore, since 2011, there have been roughly 2,000 injuries due to motorcycle accidents each year. These statistics are alarming in that motorcycle accidents, and the consequential injuries or fatalities, are commonplace over the last decade.

There are numerous factors that can contribute to accidents. Data shows that motorcycle drivers and other drivers are at fault for causing motorcycle accidents roughly the same proportion of the time.  Other drivers who contribute to motorcycle accidents may be liable for injuries and damages, especially if their error was the cause of the accident.

Driver Error Causing Motorcycle Accidents

Driver error by others on the road may cause accidents resulting in injury and sometimes even death. Many people on the road today take for granted that vehicles need to be operated with the utmost care and caution to prevent accidents and the resulting consequences. Driver error can occur when a driver is distracted because they doing one of the following actions:

  • Texting while driving
  • Eating while driving
  • Changing the radio while driving

In these situations, and in other circumstances when another driver’s error causes a motorcycle accident, that driver may have been negligent.

In order to have a claim for negligence in South Carolina, the person bringing the claim must show the following:

  • They were owed a duty of care
  • The duty of care was breached
  • There is causal connection between the breach of duty and the injuries
  • There were in fact damages

It is the responsibility of the party bringing the claim to prove that these elements were met. South Carolina negligence law uses a fault-based system for dealing with car accidents, meaning that fault will be assessed to the party causing the accident, and that person and their insurance company will be liable for compensating the victim of the accident. However, this can be tricky because fault may be assessed to more than one party in many instances.

If a judge or jury finds that multiple parties were involved in causing the accident, then the South Carolina law uses a modified comparative-fault scheme to determine the amount of compensation the victim deserves. Under this rule, the plaintiff must be less at fault for the accident than the defendant in order to recover damages. Furthermore, the amount the plaintiff recovers may be reduced by the percentage of their fault for the accident, as determined by either the judge or jury.

It is also important to keep in mind that in South Carolina, the time frame for filing a legal claim for personal injury and damages to property resulting from an accident is three years from the date of the accident. Knowing how to navigate the legal system can be a confusing and frustrating process. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver’s error, you should not have to worry about dealing with the legal process alone.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call the experienced and compassionate team at Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 for your free consultation.

As natives of South Carolina and proud members of the Columbia community, the team at Goings Law Firm, LLC will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. When you call Goings Law Firm, LLC, you are not only calling a motorcycle accident attorney, you are calling a friend. Call us today at (803) 350-9230 for your free consultation. We are here to help in your time of need.

What Clients are saying

100 stars! Mr. Goings and his staff did an amazing job in handling my case! They were with me every step of the way and made sure my case was handled with my best interest at heart! The process could not have been any easier. I am forever grateful to Mr. Goings and his team. South Carolina’s best attorney!

- Tiffany AL

Robert is the best attorney ever… you need legal representation. .. he is the one to go to.

- Jason D

After representing me after I fell down the stairs at work and injured my back, I would recommend the Goings Law Firm to handle any personal injury matter. Robert and Jessica made me feel like my case mattered to them and that my goals were their goals. They were tireless advocates for me yet they were also willing to be upfront and honest in their assessments of my options going forward. I never felt pressured to choose one course of action over the other. They treated my case like their own.

- Anonymous

Mr. Goings is an outstanding attorney. Dealing with a personal injury case can be frustrating and quite stressful. Mr. Goings and his office took care of my case with the upmost compassion and professionalism. They treated me like family. Mr. Goings is hard-working and determined to fight for his clients’ rights. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.

- Anonymous

When I looked for an attorney for my bad car accident, I read the reviews for the Goings Law Firm. This firm had great reviews so I contacted them. Thankfully, Mr. Goings took my case and fully explained the process to me and he took the worry out of my mind. Before hiring him, I tried to settle my case with the insurance company on my own, but I was low balled- Mr. Goings and his office got me a lot more than I ever imagined. A big thanks to his office!

- Anonymous

The Goings Law Firm went above and beyond assisting me after a serious auto accident. Robert Goings and Katie Gould were thorough and kind explaining every step of the process to me, sometimes more than once. Robert was persistent and professional making sure that we received the highest allowable compensation from all parties. I could not have been more pleased with the overall outcome.

- Car Accident Client

It has been a great experience having you represent my family as Our Attorney. I have learned a lot, and have come to understand the importance of good counsel. You and your team are the best. You guys are officially our family Law Firm. Thanks Robert.

- Workers’ Comp Client

Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for Robert Goings, and his amazingly talented team at Goings Law Firm, LLC. Mr. Goings was always genuinely concerned about my health, and overall well-being, was instrumental in recommending the best medical treatment plan for my injury, and most importantly, he treated me as if I were family. Mr. Goings was extremely attentive to every detail regarding my case, and he executed professional results and recovery, well beyond my greatest expectation.

- Slip and Fall Client

Robert Goings was my lawyer when I was in a terrible car accident caused by a drunk driver. I would not be where I am today without Robert and his staff. He worked very hard for me and was with me from the beginning to the end. He stuck to his word and got me the compensation that I deserved. I really appreciate what Robert and his office has done for me.

- Personal Injury Client

Mr. Goings worked tirelessly to resolve my husband’s case, despite the fact my husband wasn’t always the best client, and we still ended up with the best possible outcome because, in my opinion, we had the best attorney. Robert Goings is a professional, caring, experienced attorney with an amazing paralegal, Katie, and a wonderful support staff. If you need legal representation, The Goings Law Firm is the only call you need to make.

- Personal Injury Client

Mr. Goings stood up for my Constitutional Rights. He is a not your typical lawyer and you can trust him like a friend. His staff is very friendly, accommodating, and helpful throughout the entire process.

- Anonymous

Mr. Goings welcomed me in as family, he kept in contact with me about my case all the way to the end.. He works very hard to get justice.. Him and his team is very polite and hard workers.. He deserve more then 5 stars if I had to do it all over again he would be the call.. If anyone is looking for a personal injury lawyer he would be the right person to call don’t hesitate to call.. I thank him and his staff so much for everything they have done for me.

- Personal Injury Client

Hands down one of the BEST attorneys in the state!! Robert Goings exceeded all of my expectations. He welcomed me and my daughter with open arms and he kept me informed every step of the way. I knew exactly what was going on in my case and I really like that about him. His entire staff was awesome and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney. I guarantee you, you will be very pleased with Mr. Goings. Honestly, he definitely deserves more than 5 stars!!

- Personal Injury Client

After being rear ended in a car accident, I needed help navigating the insurance settlement. Having never needed the services of an attorney, I was very anxious about the whole process. Robert Goings & his staff were excellent to work with; at no point did I question my decision or feel that we would achieve anything less than the best possible settlement. I would never hesitate to recommend him to family, friends or strangers!

- Car Accident Client

Goings Law Firm was very helpful and patient with me. Goings Law Firm educated me about the legal side of things and help me understand my case. I would recommend Goings Law Firm to anyone.

- Workers’ Comp Client

Mr. Goings was caring and professional during a very difficult time in my life. I was faced with the sudden loss of my mother in a car accident, and Robert took the time to talk to me and check up on me throughout the duration of the case. I applaud his sensitivity and willingness to go the extra mile. I would recommend his firm to anyone that wants the best legal representation in South Carolina!

- Personal Injury Client

Robert and his staff have gone above and beyond, they are absolutely amazing at what they do. I would definitely call his office again if the need should arise.

- Workers’ Comp Client

I highly recommend Robert Goings! He is absolutely incredible!!! I had suffered from a dog bite injury and Robert went above and beyond to have me taken care of. He is extremely personable, I never felt like a “client”. He and his staff treated me as well as my family with genuine kindness. I am blessed to have had him take such great care of me and my case.

- Dog Bite Client

He was very kind and knowledgeable. He gave me status updates in a timely matter. I was VERY pleased.

- Personal Injury Client