Motorcycle Safety Tips from the Personal Injury Firm that Cares

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 joe-motorcycle and car accidentvehicle, 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:

  1. Make all the checks you would on your own;
  2. Find out where everything is, such as turn signals, horn, and headlights;
  3. Know how to work the throttle, clutch, and brakes; and finally
  4. 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.

Three People Seriously Injured in South Carolina Car Wreck

A Summerville, South Carolina woman has been charged with felony DUI after an accident that seriously injured three people.  Deputies say that the woman, who was driving a 2010 joe-sedan accidentChevrolet Suburban, crossed the center-line of the road into oncoming traffic and struck a Toyota head-on.  The driver of the Toyota had to be immediately airlifted to the local hospital.

Both the passenger and the accused woman were sent to a local hospital for treatment of injuries, and officers claimed to have smelled alcohol on the suspect.  It was further stated in the report that the woman was very “off balance” when she stood up; however, this may have been as a result of the accident.

In South Carolina, a Felony DUI brings with it serious penalties if the person is convicted.  A suspect may be sentenced to prison for up to 25 years, and those who have a prior record of DUI convictions can expect absolutely no leniency from prosecutors or the judge.

Another problem the Felony DUI suspect may be facing is civil damages as a result of the injuries sustained.  South Carolina abides by modified comparative fault with regard to personal injury/negligence claims.  This means that if a person is more than 50 percent at fault in a collision or other accident, they can be held liable for the damages sustained. Here, the woman will not only face DUI charges, but likely civil damages as well.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP for a confidential consultation.  Contact our Fort Mill, South Carolina office in Baxter Village at  toll free 877-374-5999.

“Negligence” in South Carolina

The central idea behind the theory of negligence is that people must exercise reasonable care when they act (any activity from driving your car to laying asphalt).  This takes into account the fact thatjoe-sedan and SUV accident any act may cause the harm of another person.  If an injured person proves that another person acted negligently, the action of which caused injury, the plaintiff may claim monetary damages.

Negligence cases are very fact specific, where the plaintiff has the burden of proving that the defendant’s accidental injury not only caused the harm, but was followed through in an unreasonable manner.  Further, damages must be proven.

Now, where do we start?  In South Carolina, the statute of limitations during which suit may be brought on the theory of negligence is three years.  This means that if a period of three years has passed since the negligent act, suit may no longer be brought.  Further, South Carolina uses the doctrine of modified comparative negligence to assign fault.

This system has two important aspects: (1) the injured party may recover only if he or she is less than 50 percent at fault; and (2) if the injured party was also negligent, the originally negligent party is only liable for the percentage of damages he or she caused.

Therefore, if the jury finds that a driver is 70 percent negligent and the other driver is 30 percent negligent, the person who is 30 percent negligent will collect 70 percent of his or her damages.  Also, if either driver is more than 50 percent negligent, that driver will recover nothing.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in South Carolina that may have been the result of someone’s negligence, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP at 803-548-4444, or 877-374-5999.

Accident on I-77 Claims Life of One: Fort Mill Personal Injury Lawyers

A single car accident on I-77 in Richland County caused the death of one person, and injured two children after a 30-year-old man fell asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle.  The vehicle overturned ending up on the roof.  The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and died on the scene, and the children were also not restrained in the accident.  They were injured and taken to the local hospital.

A car accident can alter the life of the people involved in a split second.  Whether someone was speeding, not paying attention, or sleeping at the wheel, accidents are inevitable.  Even if you or your family members are abiding by the rules of the road, serious injury or even death may occur.

At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP, we have experienced trial attorneys who are experienced in auto injuries and other personal injuries.  We can help you recover what you deserve if an accident has happened in Fort Mill, SC or anywhere else in the Carolinas.  Whether you have been involved in a car accident with another vehicle, or a tractor trailer, you need aggressive trial attorneys who are willing to fight for you.

With a combined 75 years of trial experience, the law offices of Reeves, Aiken and Hightower, LLP have helped many people who have suffered as a result of a personal injury.  Further, as a former Registered Nurse, attorney Robert J. Reeves has experience in dealing with accident victims first-hand, and understands the long-term consequences associated with a serious accident.   Please do not hesitate to call our Baxter Village office in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999 so you can start your road to recovery physically and financially.

Woman Charged with DUI After Car Accident With Her Son

A York, South Carolina mother has been charged with driving under the influence after she crashed into an oncoming car Wednesday morning. Moreover, the 34-year-old York resident was charged with child endangerment, child restraint violations, seat belt violation, failure to register a vehicle, improperly displaying a license and open container.

She was traveling with her 11-month-old son onWest Old Limestone Road inYork when she veered over the center line of the road and hit a man head on.   Both the woman and her son were improperly restrained; the child was without a car-seat.  They were flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and are listed in fair condition.  The other driver was transported to Piedmont Medical Center by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

If you or someone close to you has been involved in an accident, and you think you may have a Personal Injury claim, make sure you speak to someone who knows your rights.  The law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP are here to assist you with your legal questions.  You can reach our Baxter Village, South Carolina office at 803-548-4444 or toll-free at 877-374-5999.  We know that accidents can change your life and circumstances, so call us for information regarding your potential claim.