Being injured in a bicycle accident can leave you facing significant medical bills, lost income, and other financial stressors. You need a fierce advocate in your corner who will fight to get you the maximum compensation available under the law. You need Joe Cunningham.
With years of experience in personal injury law, Joe knows what it takes to build solid claims and deliver meaningful results. He has developed trusted relationships with experts who can provide helpful supporting testimonies, and he’s highly skilled at negotiating with insurance providers. Count on Joe to handle every aspect of the legal process on your behalf while you focus on getting better.
As a former U.S. Congressman and longtime South Carolina resident, Joe has deep roots in the community. He understands the struggles that bike accident victims face and is dedicated to protecting their rights. When you choose Joe Cunningham Law, you gain the support of a respected Charleston bicycle accident law firm with the experience to handle even the most complex cases.
For a free consultation with a Charleston bicycle accident lawyer — one who brings commitment, compassion, and personalized attention to every client — contact Joe today.
What Are the South Carolina Bicycle Laws?
There are several South Carolina laws that all cyclists in Charleston should know, including the following:
- Under South Carolina law, bicycle riders must follow applicable traffic laws. Drivers also have specific duties toward cyclists to promote roadway safety.
- Drivers must exercise due care to avoid colliding with any person on a bicycle. They should allow ample space when passing, provide audible signals when necessary, and use proper precautions around children or impaired cyclists.
- South Carolina law also requires every driver to maintain a safe operating distance at all times between their vehicle and any bicycle.
- Harassing or throwing objects at bicyclists is illegal.
- Cyclists may not attach themselves or their bicycles to other vehicles on the road.
- Bicyclists must always keep at least one hand on the handlebars to maintain control. They cannot carry items that prevent them from keeping a hand on the bars.
- At night, bicycles must be equipped with lights and reflectors. This includes a front white light visible from 500 feet, a rear red reflector visible from 50 to 300 feet, and an optional rear red light visible from 500 feet.
- Bicycles must have brakes allowing cyclists to skid their wheels on clean, level pavement.