Motorcycle accidents are 35 times more likely to result in serious injury or death when compared to car wrecks. The primary reason for severe injuries in motorcycle wrecks is that motorcycles offer little protection when they are involved in a collision. While helmets are critical and do save lives, they are the only real protection for a person involved in a motorcycle accident. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), wearing a helmet is the single best way to prevent motorcycle accident fatalities. It is estimated motorcycle drivers are 37% less likely, and motorcycle passengers are 41% less likely, to receive a fatal injury while wearing a helmet. Motorcycles are also much smaller and lighter than other vehicles. This means they are much harder to see and have less ability to withstand the impact of a collision. The liability issues in motorcycle accidents can be very different from standard car wrecks. If you have been in a motorcycle wreck, The Law Offices of Perry B. DeLoach, Jr., LLC, wants to represent you. Let us help you obtain the best resolution possible. Call (864) 520-1101 today for your FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION.
Some of the unique risks that face motorcyclist:
Cars Making Left-Hand Turns: One of the most dangerous situations for a motorcyclist occurs when cars or trucks are making left-hand turns. Wrecks occur when the car or truck turning strikes a motorcycle that is trying to continue straight, pass a car, or overtake a car. Obviously, a motorcycle is less visible, and therefore harder to see.
Collisions Causing Motorcyclists to be Ejected: Another threat to motorcyclists are collisions that cause the rider to be ejected from the bike. Motorcycle drivers and passengers are, obviously, much more likely to be thrown from the bike than drivers and passengers in cars or trucks.
Road Hazards: These risks are higher for motorcycles because of their smaller size and reduced stability. Therefore, potholes, animals, pavement conditions, weather conditions, and other factors can greatly increase the danger a motorcyclist faces.
Lane-Splitting: This occurs when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or slow-moving traffic. This is a common cause of motorcycle accidents. Cars and trucks usually do not anticipate that any vehicle will be passing them in slow or stopped traffic. Obviously, lane-splitting is illegal in South Carolina.