South Carolina Moped Laws Do Not Protect Moped Riders From Severe Injury
In South Carolina, you need either a moped permit or regular driver's license or permit in order to operate a moped but you do not need any formal moped safety training before purchasing or driving a moped. In addition, anyone 14 or older can legally drive a moped if they get a moped permit whether they have a regular driver's license or not. That means kids are allowed to be out on Florence, Darlington, Columbia, Midlands and Pee Dee, SC roads, amidst dense traffic where they could easily be involved in car, truck and motorcycle accidents and suffer devastating moped accident injuries.
Much smaller than motorcycles, moped riders are often hit by other drivers who do not see them since they are barely visible compared to cars, SUVs, pick-up trucks and especially big rigs. But as a moped driver or moped passenger, you are legally allowed to be on South Carolina roads and it is up to other drivers to avoid hitting you or running you over. With so many distracted drivers and drunk drivers on the roads these days, moped riders are even more vulnerable and can easily be rear-ended, hit head-on, thrown off a moped or run off the road. Moped riders are statistically far more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries in an accident, even when wearing a helmet. No matter what the circumstances of your moped crash, call Matthews & Megna today toll-free at (803) 799-1700.
Moped DUI? Call a Tough South Carolina Moped Accident Injury Attorney
Drivers whose licenses have been suspended for six months or less can also drive a moped in South Carolina, without a license, until the suspension is over. This can allow drivers with DUI suspended licenses to legally operate mopeds, and if they have not received help for a drinking problem, it means they could end up being a drunk moped driver. Because South Carolina state law does not classify mopeds as a motorized vehicle, you cannot be charged with DUI on a moped. Nevertheless, these loopholes in South Carolina moped law do not shield you from liability if you drive a moped under the influence and are involved in a collision with other vehicles. You may be accused of causing a motor vehicle accident, by other drivers saying you darted in front of their car causing them to veer into oncoming traffic and suffer a head-on collision, or that you were driving a moped drunk, ran a red light and caused rear-enders when cross traffic vehicles slammed on their brakes to avoid hitting you.
If you've suffered moped accident injuries or are confused about your liability in a moped crash, call the Law Offices of Matthews & Megna today toll-free at (803) 799-1700 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. Every discussion is confidential and we serve the entire Florence, Darlington, Columbia, Midlands and Pee Dee, SC area.