Myrtle Beach hosts one of the largest motorcycle conventions in the world, and beginning in early May hundreds of thousands of motorcycle drivers and enthusiasts will make their way from all fifty states to take part in Myrtle Beach’s Bike Week.
However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle crashes are on the rise. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2015, which is a dramatic 8.3 percent increase from the 4,594 fatalities that were reported in 2014.
At Howell and Christmas., dedicated Myrtle Beach lawyers are committed to representing motorcycle accident victims and their families. Qualified attorneys understand that in order to get the best results, you need to understand not only the complex accident laws, but also the leading contributing factors for accidents, and specific injuries motorcyclists face.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
South Carolina has seen an increased amount of motorcycle registrations over the past decade, and as more and more people turn to motorcycles for transportation and recreation, it is important to understand the contributing factors for motorcycle accidents.
To begin, anyone operating a motor vehicle on the roads of Myrtle Beach has a duty to operate their vehicle in a safe manner. A vast majority of accidents occur because a driver fails to adhere to this standard in some way or form, and can thereby be said to be negligent.
Motorcyclists face unique challenges and risks that many other drivers do not need to take into consideration. By far the biggest contributing factor for motorcycle accidents is visibility. Because of their smaller size and low profile, many motorists cannot see a motorcycle when they are changing lanes or making a turn. However, this is not the only risk that motorcyclists face while on the road, and other leading causes of accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Alcohol or other substance impairment
- Roadway defects
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents have been on the rise in South Carolina and in Myrtle Beach. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety has reported there has been a 35 percent increase in motorcycle accidents over the past several years.
At Howell and Christmas, an experienced Myrtle Beach motorcycle accident attorney is prepared to help all those injured in motorcycle accidents recover for their injuries and pursue the compensation they deserve.
Injuries Resulting from Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle drivers are particularly at risk for serious injuries. While the automotive industry has vastly improved motorist safety, the motorcycle industry has not been able to provide the same protections for riders.
Because motorcycle drivers and passengers are exposed to the open air, even a minor accident can mean serious and even life-threatening injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Road rash
- Internal injuries
When these injuries can be attributed to another’s negligence, a dedicated A Myrtle Beach accident attorney from Howell and Christmas, is prepared to help a person recover for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Speak with a Myrtle Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
The Myrtle Beach motorcycle accident lawyers at Howell and Christmas, have been helping motorcycle accident victims recover compensation for their injuries for decades. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney today.