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Motorcycle Accidents Archives

Alcohol-related motorcycle facts for 2014

In South Carolina and across the country, 4,311 motorcycle riders died in traffic accidents during 2014. While speeding, the driver's age and the size of the motorcycle were factors in many of the crashes, alcohol was a factor in nearly 40 percent of the accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

Motorcycle accidents and myths about safety

Many South Carolina residents enjoy riding motorcycles both for pleasure as well as their primary modes of transportation. Motorcyclists are in greater danger of suffering severe injuries if they are involved in traffic accidents, and it's important for them to understand motorcycle safety. There are several myths about what is safe and what is not for motorcyclists.

Keeping motorcycle tires road worthy

South Carolina motorcyclists should check their vehicle's tires for safety on a regular basis. There are several areas on which to focus when inspecting the tires. Proper motorcycle safety includes checking tire wear, tire pressure, proper storage, purchasing the correct tires when they are worn and riding safely on the road.

Accident avoidance strategies for motorcyclists

Accidents on South Carolina roads can be serious for all motorists, but those on motorcycles face particularly high risks due to the lack of any protective enclosure as they travel. An additional area of vulnerability stems from the fact that a motorcycle can be difficult for other motorists to see. There are many common accident scenarios for motorcyclists, and experts agree that safety education is an important key to minimizing one's risks while riding. Additionally, appropriate gear may help in mitigating some visibility issues while facilitating more comfortable and safe motorcycle riding.

South Carolina woman killed by alleged drunk driver

The South Carolina Highway Patrol took a 35-year-old man into custody on March 7 after he was involved in a truck and motorcycle accident that claimed the life of a Gaston woman. The man was charged with felony drunk driving after responding police officers determined that he had been under the influence at the time of the crash. Police say that the investigation into the incident continues.

Facts about motorcycle fatalities

South Carolina attempts to encourage motorcycle safety on the roads through a wide variety of methods. However, the fact remains that cycling can be dangerous, and the danger appears to be increasing. Motorcycle fatalities have increased nationwide by more than 33 percent since 2003. The rate increased 7 percent just from 2011 to 2012.

Officer hit by unknown driver- insurance coverage?

The officer was hit by an unknown driver who left the scene. The officer was on duty. This is a workers compensation claim and it is also covered by the uninsured motorist coverage on the Officer's vehicle. Special rules apply to get the benefit of both coverages as these overlap but cover more of the Officer's damages when combined. We help clients comply with the law to get the full benefit of all insurance coverages. If pursued improperly, injury victims can lose the benefits they should be entitiled to. http://www.independentmail.com/news/2014/may/19/greenville-officer-hurt-when-struck-car/

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