A man from Indian Land has been pronounced dead after a terrifying motorcycle accident in Lancaster County. According to the police reports, the 68-year-old was riding a 2007 Harley Davidson westbound on South Carolina’s Highway 903 after 12:45 p.m.
He was traveling at the posted speed limit when all of the sudden he tipped over or “spilled” from the motorcycle. No sources have been able to state yet why the man was unable to stabilize himself throughout his route.
What witnesses have stated, however, is that the man had been riding motorcycles for almost 50 years and was considered one of the most experienced riders in his community.
The resident retired at Sun City Lakes adult retirement community, where he had a reputation for riding. He was active in activities both in and outside of the retirement facility.
People who knew him spoke well of him, but always made mention of his love for riding motorcycles, and how safe and careful he always was when traveling on his bike. Further, at the time of the accident, the man was wearing his helmet.
The actual cause of death is still yet to be determined; however the man was pronounced dead on scene, so he most likely suffered very little. Officials are working diligently to determine the exact cause of death.
What is important to note about this particular story is that even the most experienced riders can have fatal accidents while driving their motorcycle. Thus, extra safety precautions are always a must, as they may reduce the likelihood of serious injury or even worse, death. If it is determined that someone else was at fault, the family of the rider may have a wrongful death claim for the other driver’s negligence.
Sometimes, no matter how many safety precautions you have taken, accidents are unpredictable and sometimes, unavoidable. If you, or someone you know has been involved in any sort of serious motorcycle accident, contact the attorneys at Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP to discuss your case at 877-374-5999. The initial consultation is free, and our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys are personally available to help fight for the compensation you deserve.
The intersection is the most dangerous place for those riding motorcycles. An intersection may be in the center of an urban area or at the driveway in a residential street; basically anywhere that traffic crosses the rider’s path. The most often encountered dangers include cars turning in front of the rider, including such occurrences as cars turning left from the lane to your right and cars that pull into the rider’s lane on side streets.
Problem: One major problem is that motorcyclists are not as visible to drivers, so there is no guarantee that others see you when you are riding. The fact that a driver has engaged in eye contact with a rider does not guarantee the driver will yield. It is too often that a driver looks directly at a motorcyclist and still fails to actually “see” the rider. Therefore, the only person on the road the rider can count on is himself or herself. The safe bet is when a car can enter your path, assume that it will.
Safety Tips: So, the idea behind this article is for a rider to increase his or her chances of being seen at an intersection. We recommend that riders increase chances of being seen at intersections by riding with headlights on at all times, ride in the lane that provides the best view, and provide a space cushion around the motorcycle that permits the rider to take elusive action.
At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP, we have riders in our office, and want to ensure that they are as safe as possible while traveling the North and South Carolina roads. Please listen to our pointers and be as safe as possible out there. However, we are here to help if you or another close friend, who rides, is injured in an accident. Too often we see automobiles involved in accidents with motorcycles simply because they were not paying attention and did not see the rider.
Therefore, if you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP at our Baxter Village office in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999, and we will be happy to assist you.
A motorist in South Carolina has been charged after allegedly fleeing the scene of a motorcycle accident. Witnesses report that the man crashed his vehicle into two motorcyclists, injuring one of them to such an extent that his leg had to be amputated. The man was initially charged with DUI charges; however, these have been dismissed.
The DUI charge was dismissed after a magistrate judge found that they were not supported by probable cause. However, hit-and-run charges remain, and this will be further examined by a grand jury. The man was arrested outside of a bar on the night of the accident, when he told patrons of his involvement in the accident, and that he had been drinking subsequently. The patrons, however, could not say how much the man had consumed.
A blood sample was taken from the driver, but these results have not been made available at this point. Two motorcyclists were hit by the car, and they were both seriously injured. One rider, as stated previously, had a leg amputated, and the other suffered multiple broken bones.
When you are a motorcyclist, it is important to understand that you may be exposed to more inherent dangers on the road.
The major issue is that a motorcyclist is more exposed to dangers than vehicles because they do not have a protective structure around them. Further, it is more difficult to see riders.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call 877-374-5999.
Operating a motorcycle on the roads, and especially the highways these days, is inherently dangerous. It is becoming more and more important to abide by certain safety precautions when operating any vehicle, but especially motorcycles due to the fact that your entire body is basically exposed.
First and foremost, the rider MUST wear a helmet. A crash is likely to occur, especially if you are a rider who navigates busy roads and intersections, and one out of every five motorcycle crashes result in a head or neck injury. And, this is more likely to occur when the rider is inexperienced, beginning, or untrained. Some riders don’t wear helmets because they think helmets will limit their view to the sides. While others only wear helmets on long trips, with the mindset that they are not riding at a high-speed and therefore are not in as much danger. North Carolina law requires that you wear a helmet at all times; so, wear a helmet!
Next, the right clothing is also imperative for motorcycle riders to wear for protection. This can protect your skin, and even help to prevent broken bones in an accident. It also provides comfort, as well as protection from heat, cold, debris and hot moving parts on the motorcycle. Protective clothing should cover arms and legs completely, and fit snug enough to keep from flapping in the wind. Sturdy synthetic material provides a lot of protection as well. Finally, wear gloves to allow a better grip on the handlebars, and protect your hands in a crash.
Third, make sure you have the right motorcycle for you, meaning your feet should reach the ground while you are seated on the motorcycle, and controls should be easy to operate; meaning you should not have to stretch to reach things and the motorcycle should “fit” you. A tip for beginners is that smaller motorcycles are typically easy to operate. In other words, do not attempt to ride a customized chopper as your first motorcycle.
Finally, make sure you are completely familiar with the motorcycle controls before you take it out on the street. If you are riding a borrowed motorcycle, make sure that you:
- Make all the checks you would on your own;
- Find out where everything is, such as turn signals, horn, and headlights;
- Know how to work the throttle, clutch, and brakes; and finally
- Ride very cautiously, and always be aware of your surroundings.
These are just a few of the hundreds of safety tips required when one is operating a motorcycle. While abiding by these basic procedures, new users are recommended to take a safety course as well as read the motorcycle owners manual to ensure you are knowledgeable on all of the devices on the bike. A large amount of accidents take place each year, when riders are involved in accidents, and due to the fact that they are open while riding, motorcyclists generally feel the brunt of the impact.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, and have been injured, call us. We have years of experience in dealing with personal injury cases, and love to help our fellow riders. For a consultation, give us a call at our Fort Mill, South Carolina office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999, and we will be happy to assist you.
In the beginning of May, a motorcyclist was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle in Rock Hill, then left the man injured and ran after colliding with him.
Gathering from the police reports, the accident took place a little after 9:00 p.m., at the intersection of Mount Gallant and Celanese Road.
The victim was a 23-yer-old Rock Hill resident, and was struck by a sedan being driven by a 31-year-old from Charlotte. The circumstances of the collision are not completely clear, but we do know that the sedan hit the motorcyclist, and he and his 25-year-old passenger sped away.
The South Carolina Troopers later found what they believe to be the car of the hit-and-run accident hidden behind a nearby house in Rock hill.
The police were able to track down the driver of the vehicle for investigation. The passenger then voluntarily went to the police on his own accord for questioning about the incident.
Both men were both charged with the hit-and-run, and leaving the scene of an accident. The driver was additionally charged with driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance.
The bond for each of the defendants was $200,000, separately.
The motorcyclist was attended to by the medics on the scene, and then rushed to the hospital via helicopter, and is currently in critical condition.
If you, or someone you know has been injured in a serious motorcycle accident, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999 for more information on your options.
Saturday night was a busy one for the South Carolina Highway Patrol after a horrific motorcycle accident.
The Investigators report that the accident occurred in South Carolina, on South Railroad Avenue a little before 8:15 p.m.
The police reports state that the driver/victim of the Kawasaki Motorcycle was travelling southbound, when it rammed into the back of a Toyota 4-door while it was attempting to turn into a private driveway.
The defendant has been identified as a 38-year-old from Ridgeville. Sadly, the man was not wearing his helmet at the time of the accident that took his life.
The particular accident is still being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and more details will be released soon. All we know thus far is that the man did not survive the crash. Others were taken to the nearest hospital for observation, but have since been released in stable condition.
Our attorneys have experience handling personal injury cases in South Carolina and will work tirelessly to defend your case. Contact one of our attorneys directly toll free 877-374-5999. We can help you through this trying time. Visit our main page here.