In December 2014, South Carolina Senator Katrina Shealy and other state lawmakers proposed a state senate bill that would require moped riders to carry insurance. Under current South Carolina state laws, moped owners are only required to have a license. Should the bill pass, the following would take effect:
- Riders would be required to register and insure their mopeds
- Riders would not be allowed to drive mopeds after a DUI conviction
The bill was proposed in response to the rising number of moped accidents in South Carolina, especially in areas along the Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach where the highest concentration of fatal moped accidents take place. In fact, state authorities and safety officials announced a dramatic rise in moped accidents and deaths during 2014.
Although lawmakers have been working on crafting several bills to improve safety for moped riders and other motorists, none have passed. Senator Shealy’s bill aims to keep riders and other South Carolina residents safe by regulating mopeds and ensuring that all riders are properly insured.
For some moped enthusiasts and business owners, the proposed bill may have some drawbacks, including a rise in moped rental costs and additional expenses. Requiring insurance, however, can help motorists and pedestrians obtain the compensation they need should they suffer property damage or injury during accidents.
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we know that moped riders face additional risks when sharing public roads with larger vehicles and would like to remind everyone about the importance of staying alert when traveling near mopeds. Additionally, moped riders should do their part to obey the rules of road and help keep themselves and others safe.
If you have questions about your legal rights after a moped accident and how our South Carolina accident attorneys may be able to help you, give us a call for a FREE case review. Our firm serves clients throughout the state, and we’re available to come to you!