We’ve lost a Rock Hill motorcyclist in a recent hit-and-run traffic accident. According to Herald Online, the accident happened on Celanese and Mount Gallant. The biker was hit by a champagne-colored Infinity. He was thrown from the bike in the collision. Luckily, officers were able to find the car in question at a Farlow Street home where they made an arrest.
And the accidents don’t stop there. There was another motorcyclist killed when riding along Barringer Road. This biker veered off the road, drove through a ditch and was ejected from his bike. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. According to accident reports, the biker was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Our Rock Hill motorcycle accident lawyers understand that it’s that time of year again when we see motorcyclists from around the country strap on their helmets and hit the open road. Unfortunately, this is also a time when we see a significant increase in the number of motorcycle accidents. This is why we’re calling attention to the hazards — and ask riders to brush up on their skills and to remember to be defensive drivers. Unfortunately, we can’t always rely on the safe driving habits of others out there.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of motorcyclist fatalities is on the rise nationwide — despite an overall decrease in the number of traffic accident fatalities.
During the year, there were more than 120 motorcyclists who were killed in traffic accidents in the state of South Carolina.
First and foremost, we would like to remind motorcyclists to wear a helmet, during every ride. According to state law, riders younger than 21 must wear an approved helmet at all times when riding or driving a motorcycle; those 21 and older are encouraged to do so. The state’s motorcycle manual provides guidelines for choosing a helmet.
Review the following and get on the road to a safer ride:
-Remember that other motorists report having a “tough time” seeing motorcyclists on the road. Make yourself visible.
-Always wear the proper protective gear.
-Never follow too closely or cut off other vehicles.
-Constantly search the road for changing conditions.
-Always use a blinker. Let your maneuvers be known!
-Practice. Develop your riding techniques before going into heavy traffic. Know how to handle your bike in conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high winds, and uneven surfaces.
-Familiarize yourself with all of the road laws that pertain to you.
-Be cautious of the blind spots of truck and car drivers.
-Be extra cautious of turning vehicles. This is one of the most common times for these accidents — when a driver fails to see a motorcyclist and turns right into them.
Contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or a loved one is injured in an accident. Call 1-800-887-1965 to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.
More Blog Entries:
Older Motorcycle Riders at Greatest Risk of Injury, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, March 4, 2013
Troopers Fighting Risks of Accidents in Rock Hill and Elsewhere through HEAT Campaign, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 1, 2012