South Carolina

South Carolina should be a cycling paradise, but it’s not, at least not yet. Great weather, beautiful scenery from Greenville to Columbia to Charleston, it still lags behind the rest of the country in bicycle safety.  It’s getting better because of new cycling laws, increasing numbers of riders, progressive city planning, and a committed advocacy community.

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Representation in South Carolina bicycle injury cases

South Carolina bicycle accident lawyer and Bike Law founder Peter Wilborn has raced, toured, commuted, and ridden his bike daily for fun.  In 1998, Peter had a bike tragedy in his own family, realized first hand the need for lawyers who understand cycling, and devoted his law practice to Bike Law.  From the start, calls and referrals have come from friends in cycling clubs and bike shops and from advocates for better bicycling.

Read Bob Mionske's interview of Peter here.

Here are the South Carolina bicycle laws, as amended in 2008, that offer legal protection to cyclists in our State.

Since then, Peter has represented hundreds of South Carolinians who have been injured by motorists, unsafe road conditions, or defective cycling products.  He has personally trained police officers throughout the State to better investigate bicycle accidents.  Working closely with the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, he has promoted better laws and supported public service campaigns.  Peter has represented injured cyclists in bicycle accidents in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken, Spartanburg, Greenville, and most places in between.

Peter is a Life Member of the League of American Bicyclists and is a League Certified Bicycle Safety Instructor.  He is rated as an AV Preeminent Attorney, and has received awards for his pro bono work from the South Carolina and American bar associations.

Peter regularly speaks across South Carolina (and the country) to bicycle clubs, advocacy groups, and law enforcement personnel on bicycle safety and bicycle laws.  He is especially interested in the etiquette and culture of cycling, and his article “The Lost Art of the Group Ride” has been downloaded over 75,000 times.

He has also built a bicycle!

Joining Peter in representing South Carolina cyclists is Timmy Finch. Timmy is a 2009 graduate of the Charleston School of Law. For the past five years he has worked as a prosecutor in the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. He has extensive trial experience as a lead attorney and has handled thousands of complex cases of violent crime and sexual assault.

As a cyclist and lawyer, Timmy feels a responsibility to help injured bicyclists. His life long love affair with the bike and sense of justice are what brought him to Bike Law.

A former bicycle messenger in Washington, D.C. and Seattle, Washington, Timmy has also raced on the road and track. Timmy still uses a track bike to get around Charleston, SC where he lives with his wife and son. Road riding is a passion and a release and Timmy rides every chance he gets.

Learn more about Timmy here.

If you have been injured in a South Carolina bike accident, by a defective bicycle product, or because of an unsafe road condition and would like to discuss your case with a South Carolina bicycle accident attorney who gets cycling, Peter and Timmy welcome your call for a free consultation.  They can be reached at peter@bikelaw.com, timmy@bikelaw.com, and 844-531-7530.

If you would like Bike Law to come speak to your club or at your shop, please contact us.

South Carolina Blog Posts

Aug 06, 2015

To horseshoes and hand grenades I would add bicycling in traffic to the list of activities in which close may be enough to do damage. While riding a bike, coming close to physical contact with a vehicle, i.e. a car door, may be enough to cause a crash and serious injury. In a video making […]

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May 13, 2015

At any given time about 20% of the cases we handle involve a hit and run driver.  My unofficial research and experience suggests that a driver is more likely to flee the scene of an accident involving a bicyclist, and even more likely than that to flee the scene of an accident involving a pedestrian. […]

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May 12, 2015

“How about I get out and f*** you up in front of your kid?,” says the person driving the car next to me. And a Happy Mother’s Day to you as well… Here’s what happened and here’s how I fought back. As someone who both drives a car and rides a bike, I consistently urge […]

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