In 2017, Smart Growth America ranked South Carolina as the seventh worst place for pedestrians and bicyclists in the nation. Between 2009 and 2017 there were 4,570 reported bicycle crashes in the state, averaging 508 incidents a year. Of these crashes, more than 90 percent resulted in an injury to the cyclist.
The majority of bicycle accidents in South Carolina occur in urban areas and at non-intersections. Poor infrastructure, distracted drivers, and rapid urban growth are partly to blame for the increase in bicycling accidents over the years.
Sadly, injured cyclists face an uphill battle when trying to collect compensation from insurance companies. Insurance companies know that bicycle injuries can be severe and can result in permanent disability. As such, they often offer bicycle accident victims a quick lowball settlement that is just a fraction of what they may need. They do this quickly – even before the full extent of their injuries is realized.
At the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson, Jr., our bicycle accident attorneys have seen it all. We know the tricks and tactics insurance companies use to reduce their payouts and we fight aggressively to prevent our clients from being taken advantage of during this difficult time. With over 35 years of experience, our track record of success speaks for itself.