According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the fatal motorcycle accident happened at roughly 11:00 p.m. this last weekend. Officers report that he was wearing his helmet when the accident happened, but that wasn’t enough to save him from the impact. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Officers are still investigating.
Our Spartanburg motorcycle accident attorneys have been talking about Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. During the entire month of May, safe driving advocates are working to raise awareness about these vulnerable two-wheeled drivers on our roadways.
Now, we’re going to discuss the dangers that our young drivers face on our roadways. They actually have the highest risks for accidents. In 2009, there were roughly 3,000 teen drivers on our roadways who were killed in motor vehicle accidents. Nearly 400,000 additional teen drivers were injured during this time. It’s important for parents to stay on top of their teen’s driving habits to make sure they’re safe every time they jump behind the wheel.
Drivers under the age of 18 must complete the following to obtain a full driver’s license in North Carolina:
-Complete an approved driver education class. These classes include driver training as well.
-Must have completed the requirements of a learner’s permit.
-Must drive with a learner’s permit for at least a year.
-Must have completed the requirements for provisional license.
-Must have held a provisional license for at least six months,
-Can apply for a full driver’s license when the above steps are completed and the driver has turned 18-years-old.
Many states require these young drivers to complete these steps because restrictions through a graduates driver’s licensing (GDL) program help to teach our driver safe habits behind the wheel. The stricter these programs are the better they work. These drivers are exposed to a little bit at a time and can develop their safe driving habits without being overwhelmed.
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), North Carolina ranked in second place for having the most deaths among 16- and 17-year-old drivers during the first six months of 2011. North Carolina only ranked behind Texas. We saw nearly 20 deaths during that time, according to My FOX 8. Second place in this race is nothing to be proud of!
“North Carolina doesn’t even meet the national standards on the amount of time devoted to driver safety, which nationally is 40 hours in the classroom and 10 hours behind the wheel,” said Neil Doroshenko of AAA.
If you or the teen driver in your family has been involved in a motorcycle accident in Spartanburg or in any of the surrounding areas, contact the motorcycle accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. A free and confidential appointment can help you get on the right path to recovery. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak with an experienced injury attorney today.
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Anderson Motorcycle Accident Sends Sergeant and Son to Hospital, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, April 26, 2012
ABS Systems Help Reduce the Risk of Statesville Motorcycle Accidents, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, November 28, 2011