Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accident lawyers in Charleston

If you were hurt in a bike accident caused by another party’s negligence in Charleston, contact the bike accident lawyers of Murphy Crantford Meehan right away. We fight for the rights of injured cyclists in our community, and we’ll be ready to stand up for you.

There were 846 cyclists killed while riding in 2019. As you can imagine, when a passenger vehicle and bicycle are in an accident, the car will always win. Whether you use your bicycle for a daily commute, ride for exercise, or just for fun, each time you hit the road, there are risks.

According to the law, bicycle riders have the same rights and privileges as drivers. Yet, many drivers ignore cyclists or place them in dangerous situations by not respecting their rights to the road.

Traumatic injuries can be expensive and lead to limited mobility, chronic pain, and financial losses. If you’ve been injured in a bicycling accident, contact our team of bicycle accident attorneys of Murphy Crantford Meehan in Charleston, South Carolina, to protect your rights.

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Causes of Bicycle Accidents


Unsafe lane changes

Drivers may weave through traffic or change lanes without appropriately checking to see if the neighboring lane is clear. Weaving through traffic makes it more difficult for drivers to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision with a bicycle.

Distracted driving

Distractions include using a cell phone for any reason, passing items to people in the backseat, driving while drowsy, or driving under the influence, among other things.


Speeding increases the distance a driver must have to stop or avoid an accident. However, accidents at high or low speeds are dangerous to a cyclist.

Failing to Maintain Clear Distance

Drivers who follow a bicycle too closely or pass within three feet of the cyclist create a dangerous situation in which the driver and cyclist have less time and space to avoid an accident.

Failure to yield

Drivers have an obligation to yield to oncoming traffic, including cyclists. There are a variety of locations that increase the risk to bicycle riders, including roundabouts, intersections, and merging lanes.

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A history of success in Bicycle Accident cases
A history of success in Bicycle Accident cases


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A history of success in Bicycle Accident cases

Murphy Crantford Meehan opened their doors in 2015. Their trained, full-service law staff can address complex legal issues and protect the rights of their clients in Charleston, South Carolina. The firm has recovered compensation for many clients, including:

  • $650,000 after a chair broke, injuring a client
  • $1 million after an 18-wheeler struck a passenger car from behind
  • $400,000 after a pedestrian was struck crossing the street

Attorneys Crantford and Meehan were also both certified as members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This is a prestigious membership limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million-dollar verdicts. The firm has earned an “AV” rating from their peers, the highest rating available.

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If you were riding your bicycle and were injured in a collision with a vehicle, call Murphy Crantford Meehan at 843-376-4030 today. Let us answer your questions and help you get the compensation you deserve.
What should I do After a bicycle Accident

What should I do After a bicycle Accident

Take these steps to protect your rights if you have been injured in a bike accident:


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Many of our clients were the victims of a bicycle-car collision. They’ve asked us many questions over the years, and the following are answers to the ones we hear most often.

Get medical care at the scene, if available, and see your doctor for an examination as soon as possible. The court requires a doctor’s diagnosis for compensation to pay medical bills and make up for lost wages.

You may be eligible for compensation after a bike accident. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you decide what actions you should take next.

In South Carolina, you must file a personal injury claim for your bicycle crash within three years after the accident.

Often, the driver who hit you will be at fault for your accident. However, there could be extenuating circumstances. If you were hit by a bus, and the bus was run by a government entity, it might be possible to sure the county/city/state for your injuries. If your injuries were caused by the collapse of a bridge, you might be able to sue the designers, manufacturers, or group responsible for maintaining the bridge.

South Carolina law does not require cyclists to wear protective gear, so you could still be eligible to seek fair compensation, even if you weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

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