Columbia Highway and Road Defect Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Were you hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by a road defect? If so, the Columbia motorcycle accident lawyers of Goings Law Firm, LLC are ready to help you get the justice you deserve. The poor design of roads and defects like uneven pavement or bumps can directly cause severe accidents. State and local governments have a responsibility to keep roads and highways safe. If they fail to do so, they may be liable for any harm you suffered as a result.

Motorcycle accidents are often worse than car accidents because the driver of a motorcycle takes the direct impact of a crash on their body. As a result, motorcyclists who are in a crash can suffer from broken bones, severe bruising, head and neck trauma, and spinal cord injuries, among other things. That’s why our team of aggressive and experienced attorneys at Goings Law Firm, LLC are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.

At Goings Law Firm, LLC, our Columbia road defect motorcycle accident attorneys are ready to stand up for you. Over the years, we have helped countless clients get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. While we understand that money cannot undo the harm that you have suffered, it will at least help alleviate some of your stress, enable you to see the medical professionals you need to consult, and allow you to take the time you need to heal. For a free consultation, contact us by calling (803) 350-9230, or filling out a contact form online.

Motorcycle Accidents

While motorcycle accidents are not necessarily more common than car crashes, motorcycle accidents tend to yield greater consequences and result in more fatalities. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration reports that:

  • In 2015, there were 4,976 motorcyclists killed in accidents. This is an 8% increase from 2014 when 4,594 motorcyclists were killed in accidents.
  • In 2015, per mile traveled, motorcyclists were 29 times more likely than car occupants to be involved in a fatal crash.
  • In 2015, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents.

Highway and road defects and improper roadway maintenance should never rob you of your health and your livelihood. If a defective roadway caused your crash, contact an experienced motorcycle attorney today.

Highway and Road Defects

Highway and road defects can present significant safety issues for motorcyclists and can even cause accidents. Part of the problem is that highways and roads are designed with multi-wheel vehicles in mind, and a motorcyclist’s safety is an afterthought. In addition to ensuring that roads and highways are free of defects and adequately maintained, state and local governments have a responsibility to provide proper signage and warn about roadway hazards. There are a variety of road hazards that can cause catastrophic crashes for motorcyclists. Some of the issues with highways and roads that are hazardous for motorcycles include the following:

  • Potholes
  • Fluid spills or standing water or liquids, such as oil and anti-freeze
  • Slick materials used for road repairs, such as bituminous rubberized asphalt sealer used for crack repair and plasticized adhesive pavement-marking tape
  • Debris on the road or on the side of the road that is not cleared promptly
  • Pavement ridges without tapering that are too high
  • Metal road surface components, both temporary and permanent, that become slick when wet and may be difficult to see
  • Work-zone signs
  • Roadside barriers designed to restrict cars
  • Poorly lit roads and intersections
  • Poorly marked curves and road changes
  • Insufficient shoulders
  • Low-hanging branches and vegetation obstructing roads and signs
  • Railway tracks and crossings
  • Uneven pavement, such as that common along road expansion or bridge joints that connect two pieces of road
  • A defect in the pavement that makes it uneven

Highway and road defects or improper maintenance can happen under a variety of circumstances and can be quite common. While roads and highways need to be free of defects and must be adequately maintained to ensure all drivers are safe, it is especially crucial for the safety of motorcyclists. They will more easily lose control of their motorcycle than a car would if they do something like hit a pothole or a slick spot on the road.

Who is Liable?

If you were the victim of a motorcycle accident due to a poorly designed, defective, or improperly maintained roadway, you have the right to hold the responsible party accountable. Local and state governments have a responsibility to make sure that roads and highways are free of defects and are properly maintained. The federal government may also have a limited role in keeping highways safe by setting specific standards and passing laws. If one of these entities failed in their duty to keep the roadways safe, they might be liable for any damages you suffered as a result of their negligence.

Knowing who you can sue and how to proceed with a legal claim for negligence due to road and highway defects or failure to maintain safe roadways can be confusing. That’s whey the aggressive and experienced Columbia motorcycle crash attorneys at Goings Law Firm, LLC are here to help.

Contact Us

Being the victim of a motorcycle accident that was caused by highway or road defects can have catastrophic consequences that will leave you and your family with both short- and long-term consequences. When your accident was caused by other people’s failure to design, build, and maintain highways and roads, they need to be held accountable for their negligence or carelessness. Call Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 today for a free consultation, and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.

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