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.
A Hartsville man was killed in a motorcycle accident when he was struck by another car. The motorcyclist was riding in a parade that took place over the July 4th holiday. We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family.
The July 4th holiday is a wonderful time to celebrate our country’s independence. Many people use the holiday as an opportunity to travel or participate in outdoor recreational activities. Unfortunately, it can also be a very dangerous time of the year. We often hear about tragic accidents like this one that happen over the holiday season. Whether you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, boating accident, or auto accident, if you were injured in an accident over the recent Fourth of July holiday, the Goings Law Firm, LLC is here for you. We are experienced in handling cases all over South Carolina. Call us today at (803) 350-9230, for a free case consultation.
Automotive and traffic safety experts often refer to the period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the “Deadly Days of Summer”. This time period is given that name because summertime always brings an increase in accidents on our roadways. This is especially true for states like South Carolina where many tourists will be traveling into and through South Carolina on the way to vacation. The Goings Law Firm, LLC has already reported to you about two major accidents that occurred on I-26 in just the first week after Memorial Day. Both accidents had major damage and shut down the entire interstate for hours. Your can read about the Charleston I-26 accident by clicking here and the Columbia I-26 accident by clicking here.
In addition to the two I-26 accidents, last week we also reported that fatal accidents are already on the rise in South Carolina. Combining the rise in fatal statistics with the already dangerous summer days ahead means that drivers should use extremely heightened caution as they take to the road this summer. The Goings Law Firm, LLC wants you to stay safe on the road this summer, and we have included a few safety tips below to help you do that.
Safety tips for drivers on the road this summer
One of the key safety tips to remember while driving this summer is to always keep your cool and remain patient. When a driver becomes impatient while in high traffic conditions, he/she becomes an “aggressive driver.” Aggressive driving is major cause of deadly accidents on our roadways. So, always remember to keep your cool behind the wheel. Further, remember to look out for other dangerous and aggressive drivers behind the wheel. This is often referred to as “defensive driving”, which is a fundamental key to safety on the roadway. Also, keep in mind these other safety tips while on the roadways:
- Always wear you seatbelt, and ensure that all passengers are also wearing their seatbelts.
- Obey all traffic signs, yield signs, and instructions.
- Always use your turn signal, and give plenty notice to other drivers by signaling well before applying the breaks or changing lanes.
- Keep a sharp lookout for pedestrians, especially in crosswalk areas.
- Obey the speed limit.
- Move over for accidents and emergency vehicles.
- Give motorcycles and eighteen-wheeler trucks plenty of room.
- Do not follow too closely on the highway or interstate.
- Ensure all children and child seats are secured properly in the car.
- Do not text and drive (It’s against the law- click here for more).
- Do not talk on the phone while driving.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, just some quick tips to keep you and your family safe as you take to the road. Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but keep in mind that convertibles and motorcycles pose a greater safety risk and drivers must take extra precautions when operating these vehicles.
The Goings Law Firm, LLC has also written extensively about motorcycle safety here on our website. To read more about motorcycle safety, click here.
Accidents can happen to anyone. If you are involved in an accident this summer, then contact a South Carolina Accident Attorney at the Goings Law Firm, LLC.
Even the most careful drivers can be involved in accidents because of the negligence or recklessness of other drivers on the road. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, motorcycle accident, or trucking related accident, then call Robert F. Goings at the Goings Law Firm, LLC today. By seeking punitive damages, we seek to deter aggressive driving by punishing drivers for their wrongful conduct. When you are involved in an accident, there can be many complex issues involved with a case. It is important to hire an attorney who is experienced in dealing with the many complex issues that might arise. Robert F. Goings is a skilled South Carolina Accident attorney, and will advocate on your behalf to get you the results that you deserve. Call (803) 350-9230 today for a free case consultation.
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.
By: Robert F. Goings
According to a study by AAA in August 2013, the most dangerous county in South Carolina for most motorcycle collisions and most injurious motorcycle crashes was Horry County. Myrtle Beach is located in Horry County, which hosts several biker weeks. Horry County ranked second in both categories in 2011 and third in 2010.
After Horry, other South Carolina counties ranked as the best chance of being in a motorcycle collision were Marlboro, Greenville, Oconee and Pickens counties. Those ranked as the best chance of being in an accident that caused injuries after Horry were Marlboro, Pickens, Greenville and Greenwood.
For fatal motorcycle crashes, Oconee, Williamsburg, Clarendon, Lancaster and Edgefield ranked in the top five. All were new for 2012 except Lancaster, which ranked as number two for fatal motorcycle crashes in 2011. These five counties accounted for 13% of fatal motorcycle crashes in South Carolina, while only carrying 5% of the total vehicle miles traveled. Overall, fatal motorcycle crashes in South Carolina increased 3% from 104 in 2011 to 107 in 2012, accounting for 13% of all fatal traffic crashes.
If you or a family member has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 to discuss your legal rights with an experienced South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer.