Warmer states like the one we call home offer plenty of opportunity for motorcyclists to enjoy the open road. But states with climates conducive for riding are also ones with the highest rates of motorcycle fatalities. In fact, motorcycle crashes in South Carolina increased 33% from 2020 to 2021 – with many accidents resulting in death.
While vehicles have protective barriers to keep drivers safe, motorcycles lack these features. Due to their smaller size, motorcycles also make their riders less visible, and therefore, more vulnerable. That’s why the most common cause of accidents is drivers’ failure to detect a motorcycle near them on the road.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, Hoffman Law Firm, LLC can help. Our Charleston motorcycle accident attorneys are experienced in handling motorcycle accident cases, and we are equipped to get you the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in the Charleston, South Carolina area:
- Distracted and reckless driving
The most common cause of motorcycle and car accidents, distracted driving is a major problem on our roadways. Reckless driving (speeding, tailgating, etc) is another serious concern, especially among speed/sport bike drivers who lose control when driving at excessively high speeds.
- Motorcycle lane splitting
Lane splitting, the term used to describe motorcyclists driving between two lanes of slowed vehicles, is often seen during traffic jams or rush hour delays. Lane splitting can easily cause an accident because the motorcycle passes so close to the other vehicles around it, with virtually no space to maneuver. That is why lane splitting is illegal in South Carolina.
- Making a left turn
You may be surprised to learn that a significant number of accidents occur when a motorcycle or another vehicle makes a left turn. In some instances, car drivers fail to see the motorcycle’s turn signal. In other cases, motorists collide with a motorcycle that was in their blind spot.
- Hazardous road conditions
Because motorcycles are smaller, lighter and less stable than cars or trucks, they are more vulnerable to unsafe road conditions. Slippery surfaces, potholes, debris and loose gravel can all turn a leisurely drive into a fatal accident – and Charleston, SC drivers know that our local (and often poorly maintained) roads can be particularly dangerous.
- Alcohol use
Driving while under the influences of alcohol is extremely dangerous, and is another major contributing factor in many fatal motorcycle accidents. Whether you are operating a motorcycle or other motor vehicle, never drink and drive.
Call Your Charleston Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today!
Here at Hoffman Law Firm, we are committed to keeping drivers safe on the roadways. While motorcyclists over 21 are not required by law to wear a helmet, we strongly recommend wearing one. Not only will it help protect you in an accident, but helmet use will strengthen your motorcycle accident case if you are injured. It proves that you have taken the necessary precautions to prevent injury, making the insurance company more likely to offer a fair settlement.
We are proud to serve our community, with a conveniently located office in North Charleston, SC. Our team fights for families throughout the area, from Mount Pleasant and the beaches to Summerville and Goose Creek.
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