There has been a new law passed for motorcycle safety which increases the fines for car drivers who pull out or cross over into the path of a motorcyclist. We know how dangerous most drivers are when it comes to motorcycles. Despite headlights and loud pipes, drivers routinely cause a real danger to motorcyclists. Sadly, most serious motorcycle accidents occur due to the fault or negligence of other vehicle drivers not paying attention. If you or your family member have been in a car-motorcycle crash, call our firm to see what can be done to help.

At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP, all of our attorneys are seasoned trial lawyers with over 70 years combined experience. Whether it is criminal or civil, our litigators are regularly in Court fighting for our clients. Two of our firm’s partners, Art Aiken and Robert Reeves, are inducted lifetime members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Reeves has also been named one of the Top 100 lawyers for South Carolina in 2012 by the National Trial Lawyers Organization. And most recently, Mr. Reeves has been included in the SC Super Lawyers for 2012. Our attorneys include a former SC prosecutor, a former public defender, a former NC District Attorney intern, a former Registered Nurse (RN), and former insurance defense attorneys. As a result of their varied backgrounds, they understand the potential criminal, insurance, and medical aspects of complex injury cases. We would welcome an opportunity to sit down and personally review your case. Compare our attorneys’ credentials to any other law firm. Then call us today at 877-374-5999 for a private consultation. Or visit our firm’s website at www.rjrlaw.com.

North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Act Now Law

As of December 1, 2011, the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Act went into effect. The new law seeks to protect motorcyclists across the state from unsafe movements by other vehicles on the roadway. Now, drivers who make unsafe movements around a motorcycle which force it to unsafely change lanes or run off the road will be fined $200. If the unsafe movements result in a accident or personal injury of the motorcyclist, the driver will be fined $500. This law is certainly a positive step, and we appreciate the focus on this issue by the legislature. However, a fine is simply not going to mean much if the motorcyclist is struck or run off the road. If really serious about motorcycle safety, the legislature should also consider additional penalties, such as community service or even jail time where injury occurs. For now, we will say “thank you” and hope it helps.