Most motorcyclists will agree that, from deteriorated road conditions to distracted automobile drivers, riding a motorcycle is as dangerous as it has ever been. For many of the riders unfortunate enough to be seriously injured in an accident, a careless or distracted automobile driver has been at fault. Some riders are forced to go as far as to swerve or kick a car’s side to avoid a collision, with many riders citing cell phone use as the driver’s cause of inattention. The roads in South Carolina are may even be some of the most dangerous for motorcyclists. According to a recent article from The Post and Courier, the average annual fatality rate for riders in South Carolina is second to only Mississippi. Last year’s 135 motorcyclist deaths was the highest death rate in the palmetto state in a century, showing a frightening trend after the 2015 fatality rate rose to the highest level since 2007.
States with mandatory helmet laws show fatality rates 20 to 40 percent lower than elsewhere, but in South Carolina, only those 21 and younger fall under any state mandated helmet rule. Efforts to pass additional helmet laws in South Carolina have failed, but nearly three-quarters of motorcyclist deaths on South Carolina roads involve helmetless riders.
Some riders believe that untrained or reckless motorcyclists are the cause of the high fatality rate, as these riders are more prone to actions which create more risk of an accident such as weaving in and out of traffic and high-speed wheelies. According to some, it is the untrained riders with one to two years’ riding experience who take the most risk, as these riders are less cautious than both new and seasoned riders. In South Carolina, the law doesn’t require any training and only asks for a limited amount of proof of motorcycle riding ability to obtain a motorcycle license. In fact, the only test required to obtain a motorcycle license is taken on a closed course and only requires the rider to maneuver the bike at speeds well below typical roadway speeds (approximately 15 m.p.h.in the test) to pass. Whether it is making the decision to wear a helmet or taking a class to sharpen your motorcycle riding skills, there are steps that any rider can take to make the roads a less dangerous place for themselves and avoid the injuries, financial burden, and the chance of death that come with a motorcycle accident.
With accidents on the rise, more and more people are unfortunately injured and suffer from motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles, even where the motorcyclist had no fault in the accident. The attorneys at Goings Law Firm, LLC understand the dangers motorcyclists face. Riders have a right to safety on the road, and those who create unsafe conditions should be held legally and financially responsible for their actions. For more information or to speak one of our qualified and compassionate Columbia personal injury attorneys, please contact us at (803) 350-9230 today.
Earlier this week, on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 a severe auto accident involving a motorcycle happened at one of Columbia’s intersections. The accident happened at the intersection of Assembly St. and Gervais St. just after 7:00 A.M. during peak morning commute hours.
The accident occurred when an SUV pulled out in front of the motorcycle. The Columbia Police Department reports that an SUV was cited for failure to yield to right-of-way. Tragically, the driver of the motorcycle was taken to the hospital and later died as a result of this accident.
If you are familiar with the Columbia area, you know that morning commutes and city traffic can often be treacherous. At the Goings Law Firm, LLC we understand the difficulties that are often involved when you or a loved one are involved in an auto accident. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as the result of an auto accident or motorcycle accident, then call Robert F. Goings at (803) 350-9230 to find out how we can help.
On Saturday evening, June 20, 2015, a Richland County man was killed while riding his motorcycle on Leesburg Road. Another Columbia area driver, who was driving under the influence, caused the crash. Reports state that the at-fault driver has been arrested for felony DUI involving a death. The victim of this motorcycle accident leaves behind a wife and two children. To read more on this story from WIS TV, please click the link here.
The Goings Law Firm, LLC is deeply saddened by this truly terrible accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family during this difficult time. In South Carolina, when a driver causes an accident resulting in wrongful death, there can be major criminal consequences. But, the driver can also be held responsible in civil court for the irreparable damages they have caused. At the Goings Law Firm, LLC we understand the significant suffering that a wrongful death accident can cause. Our Columbia Personal Injury Lawyers help prevent injuries as a result of tragic drunk driving accidents like this by seeking punitive damages for the gross reckless and negligent conduct of other drivers. Please contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia today at (803) 350-9230 to discuss your case with us for free!
Troopers in Kershaw County reported Thursday, August 7, 2014 around 12:00 P.M. a motorcycle traveling on U.S. Highway 601 collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of U.S. 601 and Lachicotte Road. The accident occurred when the pickup pulled out in front of the motorcycle on Highway 601. Authorities on the scene reported the motorcycle driver was not wearing a helmet at the time, and he was killed in the accident.
South Carolina does not require motorcycle drivers or passengers over the age of 21 to wear a helmet. Even though the use of helmets while riding a motorcycle is not required by law, the Goings Law Firm, LLC highly recommends wearing a helmet. This precaution will greatly reduce the risk of injury and could save your life if you are involved in an accident.
Due to the vehicle’s limited protection, motorcycle riders are at risk of sustaining serious injuries in accidents. Physical and financial difficulties are often the consequences of these accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, the Goings Law Firm, LLC understands the significant suffering that auto accidents can cause. Motorcycle accidents often cause significant injuries, and many times result in wrongful death. Please contact us today at (803) 350-9230 to see if we can help you and your family recover from any motorcycle related accidents.
Contact a Columbia Motorcycle accident attorney in South Carolina today!
With the warm weather and long summer days ahead, you can bet that a lot of motorcycles will be hitting the road in the coming moths. Whether you are headed to the beach, up-to the mountains, or just taking a cruse around town, check out these motorcycle safety tips to ensure your ride is as safe as possible:
Make sure that you have a Class M motorcycle driver’s license.
South Carolina requires a Class M driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles for all Motorcycle drivers. Always keep in mind that motorcycles must follow the same general rules of the road as all other automobiles.
You Must Have Insurance for your motorcycle.
Just as all cars on the road are required to have auto insurance, motorcycles are also required by law to have auto insurance coverage. While the law allows you to obtain the minimum amount of liability insurance, motorcyclists should also consider purchasing underinsured motorist insurance (UIM). We believe that UIM insurance is one of the most important types of insurance that you do not have enough of. To learn more about UIM insurance, read this informative article that answers commonly asked auto insurance question.
Make sure you know the helmet law in South Carolina.
South Carolina does not require motorcycle drivers or passengers over the age of 21 to wear a helmet. If you are under the age of 21, then you are required to wear a helmet on a motorcycle. Additionally, the helmets must be approved by the Department of Public Safety.
Even though not required by law, the Goings Law Firm, LLC highly recommends wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle. This will greatly reduce your risk of injury and could save your life if you are involved in an accident. Additionally, the at fault party in an auto accident may try argue contributory negligence for a motorcyclist failing to wear a helmet.
Contact a Columbia Motorcycle accident attorney in South Carolina today!
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, the Goings Law Firm, LLC understands the significant suffering that auto accidents can cause. Motorcycle accidents often cause significant injuries, and many times result in wrongful death. Please contact us today at (803) 350-9230 to see if we can help you and your family recover from any motorcycle related accidents.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) has provided statistics about motorcycle crashes, including injuries and fatalities involving motorcycles in South Carolina. Here is some of the facts from recent years:
South Carolina Motorcycle Crashes
- There were 1,819 motorcycle crashes in 2010.
- Motorcycle fatalities accounted for 10% of total traffic related fatalities in 2010, but represented on about 1.7% of all motor vehicle related accidents.
- The number of motorcycle crashes increased by 5.8% and fatalities decreased by 10% from 1009 and 2010.
South Carolina Motorcycle Injuries, Fatalities, and Hospitalizations
- A total of 81 motorcycle riders were killed and 1,984 were injured in 2010.
- In 2010, motorcycle injuries resulted in 751 hospitalizations and 2,963 ER visits.
- In 2010, motorcycle injuries resulted in almost $74 million dollars medical bills from hospitalization and ER visits alone.
- In 2010, the average hospitalization charge from a motorcycle injury was $78,825 and the average ER visit cost $4,901.
- Most motorcycle injuries treated in the ER related to upper limb fractures, such as broken arms, broken shoulder, or broken fractured elbows.
- Among those hospitalized for motorcycle injuries that died in 2008, 74% suffered a traumatic brain injury
Columbia South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to make sure that you understand you legal rights. South Carolina has laws that may provide compensation for injuries or death sustained from a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accident cases can be complex and the deadline for filing a claim can be short. You should speak to the Goings Law Firm, LLC today if you think you may need a South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer.