Though Charleston is approximately three hours from to Aiken, South Carolina, lessons can be learned from a recent accident in Aiken. The same traffic laws and regulations are enforced on the roadways across the state and should be followed by every driver to avoid traffic accidents. These regulations include speed limits, not driving while drunk and following traffic signals. Failure to comply with traffic laws may result in traffic violations, or worse, motor vehicle accidents. These accidents can be particularly serious when a motorcycle is involved.
Recently, in Aiken, a motorcycle accident occurred in which a man was killed. According to investigators, the motorcycle accident happened when a car ran a red light and struck the motorcycle. The 51-year-old motorcycle driver was killed from the impact. South Carolina Highway Patrol has stated that the accident remains under investigation.
The victim's co-workers stressed that drivers need to be more cautious when they are operating a vehicle. The victim's company -- a motorcycle shop -- closed for a few days to allow the employees to grieve.
The following case is an example of a fatal motorcycle accident that was caused by a driver's failure to abide by traffic laws. This incident stresses the fact that motorists operating cars and trucks have a responsibility to be attentive on the road. A driver should remember that although motorcycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities to follow traffic regulations, these riders are more vulnerable to severe injuries if a driver fails to notice them. Motorcycle riders have minimal protection, which is why accidents involving motorcyclists so often lead to fatalities.
In cases like this, if a driver's negligence is deemed as a contributing factor in the accident or injuries, the person who operated the vehicle may face liability towards the injured party. The liability may include damages and costs following the motorcycle accident.
With motorcycle accidents, victims may have the chance to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation. If the victim is killed, the surviving family may have the right to file a wrongful death suit to claim compensation.
Source: WRDW, "Co-workers remember colleague who died after being struck by car," Jorge Lopez, Jan. 31, 2013