I love riding my motorcycle. Most South Carolinians relish the end of winter and the beginning of a warmer spring season. Motorists and motorcycle owners should keep in mind that the warmer weather means more motorcyclists will be mounting their bikes to enjoy the warmer weather. Statistically, motorcycle accidents are most common during the spring and summer, in large part due to the increased presence of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds on the road.
Riding a motorcycle is a very dangerous activity. Despite this danger, motorcyclists have the right to travel safely. Motorists who fail to keep a careful watch for motorcyclists could be subject to liability for any injuries caused by their carelessness.
Types of Injuries Commonly Associated with Motorcycle Accidents
It is no secret that motorcycle accidents often cause brutal and extensive injuries. In large part due to the lack of protection offered by motorcycles in crash situations, motorcycle accident injuries tend to be far worse than injuries sustained in the average car accident.
Victims of motorcycle accidents should expect lacerations, sprained or broken bones, road rash, and head trauma. Those who are not wearing proper protective gear will see worse injuries than those who wear helmets, pads, and leather. Additionally, high speed crashes are often fatal.
Legal Protections Available to Motorcyclists – Laws Intended to Keep the Roads Safe
In South Carolina, motorcyclists have just as much right to the road as any car, and all cars and pedestrians must learn to share the road with motorcycle owners. If a motorist negligently causes an accident with a motorcycle, then the motorist may be liable to pay civil damages to compensate the motorcyclist for his or her injuries.
Negligence simply refers to every person’s legal duty to avoid taking action that could be dangerous to others. The most common type of negligent driving associated with motorcycle accidents is failing to look before turning at an intersection or changing lanes. Taking quick action on the road without properly checking for the presence of a motorcycle is a surefire way to cause an accident. Other types of roadway negligence can also result in legal liability such as speeding, driving under the influence, reckless driving, and failure to signal.
Tips for Motorcyclists Proper Road Safety
As attorneys, we regularly see gruesome accidents that could have been prevented. Our hearts go out to the victims of motorcycle accidents and their families, especially when those accidents could have been prevented. If you own a motorcycle, you should always take precautions on the roadways. The best way to avoid an accident is to be proactive when it comes to safety.
Most importantly, always wear a helmet and safety gear. We get it, helmets are annoying and cumbersome. They also do not necessarily look cool. The same is true for pads and protective clothing. However, take the time to put on anything that may save your live. Your health is worth it and wearing protective gear can save you in a low speed crash.
Additionally, while drivers have a legal obligation to watch for you, it is always beneficial to also watch for them. If you see a car driving erratically or not always using a turn signal, avoid that vehicle as much as possible.
Contact an Experienced Spartanburg Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Now is the time for action. Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer at Double Aught Injury Lawyers today if you or a loved one was seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck. We serve the entire Upstate including Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson; and we offer a FREE, confidential case reviews to all prospective clients.