Mopeds have gained popularity throughout South Carolina, especially in the Grand Strand. They offer a fun alternative to traditional motor vehicles and are the preferred transportation choice for motorists looking to save money on gas. Unfortunately, opting for a moped does have its downside. These small, slower scooters are incredibly dangerous, and they offer little protection to riders. According to South Carolina authorities and safety officials, moped accidents are on the rise this year.
Crash reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol show that there were more than twice the number of moped deaths during the first half of 2014 than in 2013 (18 in the first six months of 2014, compared to 7 in the first six months of 2013).While these fatal accidents occur throughout the state, the highest concentration has been in the Grand Strand, including Myrtle Beach. Officials also state that while there has been a fair share of moped accidents on smaller roads, including Ocean Boulevard, many moped crashes take place on multilane highways, such as 501 and 17.
Lawmakers in South Carolina have been working on several bills to regulate mopeds and improve safety standards, but none have passed. As a result, many safety advocates are raising concerns about the need for all motorists to be aware of and drive safely around moped riders. Some of the most common reasons moped accidents occur include:
- Distracted drivers
- Drunk or impaired drivers
- Unsafe lane changes
- Failing to yield at stop signs or stop lights
- Failing to see moped riders in blind spots
- Reckless driving and unsafe speeds
Mopeds and scooters are slow-moving motor vehicles that usually have top speeds of 30 – 45 mph. They are also much smaller than cars and motorcycles and can be easily overseen or lost in blind spots. Because moped riders have little protection, they are also at risk of suffering serious injuries, and even death, in the event of a traffic collision.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers would like to remind all South Carolinians about the importance of being vigilant and aware on the roads – and to always be on the lookout for moped riders. Motorists who fail to practice safe and responsible driving behaviors place these moped riders at serious risk, and they can be held responsible for the damages they cause victims.
If you or someone you know has been harmed in a moped accident anywhere throughout the state, our South Carolina personal injury attorneys are here to help! We offer FREE case reviews. Contact us today for a free consultation.