For the most part, motorcycle safety has improved in South Carolina in recent decades, yet there are still a couple of thousand motorcycle collisions annually on South Carolina roads, causing around a 100 deaths and injuries in the thousands. Riders remain at the mercy of negligent, reckless or aggressive car and truck drivers, who do not see the bike until it is too late or who drive recklessly around motorcycles and force a crash. When motorcycle riders are injured due to the negligence or aggressive driving of others, or when a biker’s own careless or reckless riding causes an accident, the Columbia accident attorneys at Peake & Fowler step in to help the injury victim recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
Good riders are trained and experienced enough to know to drive defensively and watch out for other drivers on the road. They also know the limitations of their machine and their ability to handle it in all situations. Unfortunately, no amount of skill and care can prevent a collision with a negligent, distracted driver or an overly-aggressive driver who doesn’t respect motorcycles or understand their limitations for safe handling and operation.
Many advancements have been made over the years to make car crashes safer for the occupants of the vehicle. Little can or has been done for the motorcycle rider, however, who may at most be protected by a helmet and riding leathers. The exposure and vulnerability of the biker puts the rider at risk for serious personal injury or wrongful death in a collision with a larger, heavier motor vehicle.