Moped safety has become a large concern over the years with the increase of them on highways. Last year, 41 people died in moped accidents in South Carolina.
Restrictions on moped use have been debated in the state legislature for years but until now, the restrictions have not been passed and made it through governor consent.
SC Governor McMaster approved the bill that will make the following changes to moped laws:
- Mopeds are limited to roadways with a posted speed limit of less than 55mph.
- Mopeds are subject to the same traffic laws as other vehicles.
- Intoxicated moped drivers can be prosecuted for driving under the influence.
- Moped drivers under 21-years-old must wear a helmet.
These changes eliminate the use of mopeds as a "liquor-cycle" loophole and will hopefully keep mopeds on roads where cars travel at lower speeds. Proponents of the new law say lives will be saved.
If you are driving a moped, and are following the law, you may still encounter another's recklessness and become seriously injured in an auto accident. If you do become seriously injured, you may need help getting medical treatment and your medical bills paid.
The Derrick Law Firm specializes in personal injury law including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, workers' compensation, wrongful death, slip and fall cases, and insurance claims.
If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Conway, South Carolina office directly at 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.