In Charleston, South Carolina many residents love to use motorcycles for transportation. Motorcycle enthusiasts can come from any generation; the young rider to the newly retired. It is a hobby enjoyed by thousands of adults. However, the downside of riding a motorcycle is the fact that these vehicles are more prone to accidents and serious injuries.
There are many safety tips for riders, such as to always wear their helmets while on the road. However, helmets may only provide protection for the head against concussions. The other body parts are still exposed to injuries during motorcycle accidents.
Another factor to consider is the weight of the motorcycle. When a collision between a motorcycle and a car occurs, the motorcycle and the rider always sustain more extensive damages that the other vehicle. There is a possibility that the rider may be ejected from his seat during the collision. This scenario is critical because the biker may suffer catastrophic injuries and the possibility of death.
Recently, a fatal motorcycle accident happened in Aiken County. According to the authorities, the incident happened near Gun Range Road and Columbia Highway when a North Augusta man who was riding a motorcycle struck the back of an 18-wheeler. The incident resulted in the motorcyclist's death. Apparently, the truck stopped to unload one passenger causing the crash.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol, together with the Aiken County Sheriff's office, arrived at the scene and investigated the cause of the accident. In this case, it was unknown whether the rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The truck's signal lights may also have been a contributing factor. If the truck's signal lights were not functioning properly during the unloading process, the motorcyclist would have had a hard time hitting the breaks early to avoid the crash.
In many cases like this recent accident, the loved ones of the deceased are faced with the uncertainty of what to do following such a tragic loss. Many questions come to the foreground.
What if the deceased was the primary contributor to the household expenses? Additionally, as details of the accident unfold, what legal options are available to the victim's family? How can they go about filing a claim against a negligent driver? These are all questions many surviving loved ones ask following a motor vehicle accident. One of the first steps to take is to discuss the case with a personal injury attorney who understands the laws surrounding motor vehicle accidents. He or she will be able to evaluate the case and determine what legal options are available.
Source: Wjbf.com, "Update: fatal motorcycle accident in Aiken County," Jillian Benfield, Nov. 4, 2012