Following a recent Anderson County motorcycle accident, a local deputy and his son were sent to the hospital. According to Independent Mail, the sergeant, 39-years-old, and his son, 11-years-old, were riding together on South Carolina 24 just before 10:00 p.m. when a large SUV pulled out right in front of them. Both the sergeant and his son were transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital after slamming into the front passenger side of the SUV. Luckily, both bikers were wearing their helmet when the accident occurred. The driver of the SUV was cited for failing to yield to right of way.
"We're definitely glad that he's OK," said Chad McBride, spokesman for the department. "A lot of motorcycle accidents don't turn out very well."
Our Anderson motorcycle accident attorneys understand that motorcycle accidents are a top concern of officials in the area, especially as the ideal riding weather rolls in. As a matter of fact, the state of South Carolina is pushing the 6th Annual Look Twice Run, organized by the Motorcycle Awareness Alliance. This event will be taking place on the 5th of May. Riders can sign up at the VFW on Highway 28N in Anderson from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. This ride is to help to raise awareness about the risks and the dangers that motorcyclists face on our roadways every day. Oftentimes they're overlooked by the drivers of passenger cars and other passenger vehicles.
Besides raising awareness through reach-out events like the 6th Annual Look Twice Run, bikers can exercise a few simple safety tips to help increase their safety on our roadways. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is here to offer riders with some of these tips.
Motorcycle Safety Tips:
-Be careful when approaching intersections. Look in all directions before proceeding through. About a quarter of all motorcycle accidents are caused by another vehicle turning left across a motorcyclists' path.
-Slow down when riding in areas with obstructed views. Be cautious when riding in areas with large trees, big buildings, roadside vehicles and other objects that may block your line of vision.
-Be cautious of oil slicks, potholes, railroad tracks, puddles, road debris and other roadway hazards that may require sudden lane changes.
-Be cautious when traveling near driveways and parking lots as drivers who are reversing a vehicle may have a difficult time seeing you.
-Always practice defensive driving habits. Avoiding a potentially fatal accident means staying one step ahead of other drivers.
-Signal whenever possible and make your maneuvers in traffic as predictable as possible.
There were more than 120 motorcyclist fatalities in the state of South Carolina in just 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Motorcycle accidents oftentimes produce deadly results, because bikers are provided with little to no protection on their two-wheeled vehicles. With cooperation from all motorists we can help to keep all travelers safe and sound on our roadways.
If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Anderson, Greensboro, Gastonia or elsewhere in the surrounding areas, contact the injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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