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Whalen Montalvo

Spartanburg Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

An enjoyable ride on your motorcycle can turn tragic in a second due to one dangerous driver. If you or a loved one suffered severe injuries due to negligence, a Spartanburg motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you.

The freedom of the open road lures motorcycle riders to scenic South Carolina roads. Car and truck drivers who fail to share these roads leave motorcyclists with life-changing harm that deserves justice.

Massive medical debt and lost wages are two examples of significant damages motorcyclists incur in a Spartanburg motorcycle accident. A lawyer will work tirelessly to secure compensation for your tragic ride.

Common Causes of Spartanburg Motorcycle Accidents

Failure to look and failure to yield are among the common causes.

All road users have a duty of care to those around them. Motorcyclists have the same rights as other vehicles but do not have the same protection. One or more of the negligent actions below causes motorcyclists to lose control, experience severe injuries, and, in some cases, die an untimely death:

  • Failure to yield: According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 42 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in intersections. Drivers often fail to yield while making a left turn while a motorcycle is going straight, passing, or overtaking a vehicle.
  • Braking issues: Motorcyclists have different methods for slowing down or stopping — ones that do not involve brakes. Rolling off the throttle or downshifting means no brake lights, putting riders at risk of a rear-end collision by an inattentive driver.
  • Blind spots: Almost half of the area surrounding a vehicle contains blind spots. A speeding or impaired driver can easily miss these spots by failing to look.
  • Judging distance: Drug or alcohol impairment also affects a driver’s ability to judge a motorcycle’s distance. A misunderstanding of how far or near a motorcycle’s approach is can cause a driver to pull out in front of the rider, resulting in a traumatic crash.

Driver negligence generally involves distraction, aggression, or substance abuse. However, even a sober and attentive driver can negligently change your life.

Your multiple injuries and related damages are an unfair load on your shoulders. A Spartanburg motorcycle lawyer can shoulder the management of your civil case, allowing you more time to rest and recover.

South Carolina is home to 3.9 million licensed drivers. It takes just one to cause a Spartanburg motorcycle accident with severe injuries. Fight for the compensation you deserve with help from a Spartanburg motorcycle accident lawyer.

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Why Choose Whalen Montalvo for Your Motorcycle Accident Case?

We have your back from day one.

Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law work hard for clients harmed by negligence. Motorcycle accident victims can rest easier knowing their case is in skilled and experienced hands.

Attorney James Whalen

James Whalen is a South Carolina native with state and federal experience. His experience working on a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration grant while with the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s office is valuable for his work today with motorcycle accidents.

James also worked in the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. This experience drove his desire to become a trial attorney.

Attorney Eric Montalvo

Eric Montalvo served 20 years as a United States Marine Corps judge advocate. The Marine Corps Law Program helped start Eric’s legal career.

Eric managed many cases as a military prosecutor that involved drivers accused of driving under the influence. He brings a unique perspective to cases involving South Carolina drunk driving accidents and damages, including those involving motorcycle victims.

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James and Eric have a strong reputation for helping victims of negligence. Testimonials from former clients make note of their exceptional care and willingness to fight. Sensitivity and strategy are two keywords in one glowing review.

If your ride turned tragic due to the negligence of someone else, contact Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law. A free case consultation is a time to hear an honest assessment of your case and how to proceed if legal action is possible.

The calm atmosphere of the Greenville office will place you at ease. James, Eric, and the entire team are friendly, welcoming, and approachable. Everyone understands the traumatic experience accident victims experience, and they all strive to make victims feel at ease.

South Carolina law, settlement offers, and your injuries can overwhelm you. The immediate disruption of your routine is only one way a motorcycle accident changes your life. The impact is harsh, expensive, and unfair.

Choosing the right Spartanburg motorcycle accident attorney for your claim or lawsuit is vital. Learning more about how Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law help victims is an excellent first step toward choosing James or Eric for your motorcycle accident case.

How We Help Motorcycle Accident Victims

While dangerous drivers are often the number one cause of motorcycle accidents, other factors may play a role in your case. Faulty motorcycle parts, car parts, or poorly maintained city roads are all possible forms of liability for your crash.

At Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law, we carefully investigate your accident to identify all liable parties. We listen to victims with compassion and passionately fight for a fair and just settlement out-of-court.

We protect your rights with insurance companies by fighting for such damages as:

  • Medical costs for your severe injuries include diagnostic tests, surgeries, and doctor fees
  • Lost wages that result from your recovery and inability to work and that create financial hardship
  • Loss of property for the loss of your motorcycle
  • Pain and suffering for the mental anguish of your motorcycle accident.

The complexity of a civil case can lead to trial. Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law have the litigation experience you need for the best possible outcome of your case.

Protecting your best interests following a motorcycle accident caused by negligence is paramount for your recovery and future. Get the help you need by contacting Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law today.

Why You Need a Spartanburg Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Legal experience, education, and skills matter.

The anxiety you feel regarding your mounting medical costs and reduced income is genuine. Many motorcycle accident victims face sleepless nights, resulting in a lack of rest that can delay recovery.

Your financial concerns may tempt you to accept the first settlement you receive. You may even feel tempted to negotiate for a settlement on your own.

Attorneys James Whalen and Eric Montalvo have the experience, education, and skills necessary to tackle your case. Both are proud graduates of the University of South Carolina School of Law. Their knowledge of South Carolina civil laws, negotiation skills, and courtroom experience make them strong advocates for victims of negligence.

Motorcycle accident injuries can range from multiple bone fractures to a spinal cord or brain injury. These types of injuries are severe and catastrophic, leaving victims with no time to deal with their claims or lawsuits.

Your motorcycle accident attorney will fight for compensation that covers your current and future medical care needs, such as:

  • Medical transport costs to a hospital or trauma center, either by ambulance or air flight
  • Hospital and doctors’ fees, covering procedures, tests, and more
  • Rehabilitation costs, therapy expenses, and personal care needs
  • Prescription medications, power chairs, accessible transportation.

As personal injury attorneys, James Whalen and Eric Montalvo understand the future costs and needs severe injuries require. They work tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome for their client’s personal injury cases.

Following a Spartanburg motorcycle accident, protecting your best interests against insurance companies is crucial. Your attorney from Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law is on your side during one of the most challenging times of your life.

Spartanburg Motorcycle Accident FAQs

A Spartanburg motorcycle accident lawyer answers frequently asked questions.

Can I pursue a personal injury claim if I was not wearing a helmet?

Under South Carolina law, helmet use is not required for those 21 years and older. While wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of serious injury, riders can still suffer head, neck, and brain trauma in a crash.

What should I do if the responsible party’s insurance company offers me a check?

Do not accept or sign any offers without an attorney. Doing so may release the person responsible for your injuries from further liability. There are too many unknowns immediately following a motorcycle crash, so protect your future medical needs by fighting for what you deserve now.

Will my Spartanburg motorcycle case go to trial?

Many personal injury claims are settled without a trial. However, the more complex the case, the greater the chance of a trial. A motorcycle attorney with courtroom experience is crucial for your case.

How does a wrongful death case work for fatal motorcycle accidents? 

A fatal motorcycle accident can leave victim’s families without the funds to pay for their final medical care, funeral, and other related costs. A Spartanburg wrongful death attorney can help determine if your relationship with the victim qualifies you for legal action.

Can I take my time deciding whether to pursue legal action for my motorcycle injuries or loss?

You must file your civil lawsuit within the statute of limitations. In South Carolina, the law allows three years from the moment of injury or death. Contacting a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible can help you file within the required court deadline.

If the statute of limitations expires before you file your lawsuit, you generally have no further legal options. Thirty-six months can pass in the blink of an eye as you endure medical procedures or mourn a loss. Get the answers to your motorcycle accident case questions by scheduling a free consultation with Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law today.

Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law – Your Spartanburg Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

A Spartanburg motorcycle accident caused by negligence is a devastating event. Whether you suffered severe injuries or lost a close loved one, your life is never the same.

Traffic laws, rules, and regulations exist for a reason. Safe mechanical parts and safe roads are also paramount for motorcycle safety. If you suffered severe injuries or lost a close loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by negligence, contact Whalen Montalvo today at (864) 770-7710.

No one motorcycle case is alike. The outcome of your case may differ from a similar case due to the accident details. One thing that remains consistent in each motorcycle case is the communication from your attorney.

Staying in the know is essential for victims as they wonder about the statute of their case. Quality customer service is another example of how Attorneys James Whalen and Eric Montalvo serve clients.

Time is ticking, and every minute matters. A free consultation with Whalen Montalvo Attorneys at Law is a top priority for Spartanburg motorcycle accident attorneys. Schedule your free consultation today.

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