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Chances are that you have encountered driving through a city that has placed red light cameras at intersections.  The stated purpose is to increase safety at intersections by imposing a penalty for those drivers who run red lights.   The penalty fine varies from place to place but is typically $50 or $100 for a violation.  If not paid timely, then the fine amount doubles in most locations.

The Good.  When driving through an intersection, it is nice to know that other drivers may be less likely to run a red light if they fear being fined for that bad driving habit.  We know that 40% of the roughly 6 million car crashes that occur in the United States every year are intersection-related crashes.  Various surveys and data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warn us that intersections can be dangerous places.  If red light cameras cause drivers to be more careful not to enter an intersection on a red light, then that should be a good thing for all of us.

The Bad.  While red light cameras may make drivers more reluctant to enter an intersection on a red light, they can create situations where drivers slam on their brakes to avoid getting a ticket resulting in rear end collisions near these red light camera equipped intersections.  A review of studies on the topic by the Federal Highway Administration supports the conclusion that red light cameras reduce the number of right angle (T-bone) crashes, but also increase the number of rear-end collisions.  As a result of the conflicting safety data, many cities have removed previously placed red light cameras and at least 9 states have banned them altogether from being used.

If you have ever ridden a motorcycle, chances are you’ve heard the phrase “loud pipes save lives.” If not, you might have heard a motorcyclist say it in defense of their loud exhaust pipes. So, is this statement true?

Well, in fact, this statement does hold truth.

Attentive Driving is More Than Looking

For the most part, motorists drive defensively to avoid accidents with other passenger vehicles and trucks. However, many times, motorcycles aren’t even on their radar. This is one of the leading causes of accidents between cars and motorcycles.

Motorcycles are the most susceptible to severe and even fatal injuries. With this in mind, drivers should always be actively looking for all sorts of vehicles on the road, including motorcycles.

In events when this isn’t the case, there are ways that motorcyclists can help keep themselves safe by increasing their visibility to drivers who aren’t necessarily looking for them.

According to a new study, two of South Carolina’s cities have some of the fastest drivers in the country.  Both Columbia and Greenville, SC ranked among the country’s top 25 fastest driving cities.

The new study was carried out by online insurance comparison marketplace QuoteWizard. Using self-reported data from users regarding driving infractions, QuoteWizard was able to rank which cities in the United States have drivers who tend to speed the most. The rankings for the study were based on more than one million data points for speeding infractions from 2017.

Below, we list the top 25 fastest driving cities in America:

Many people ride motorcycles recreationally and as a means of transportation. While they can be enjoyable, they can also be dangerous. Riders do not have the physical protection that vehicles provide and are therefore more susceptible to injuries if they are involved in a collision.

Helmets are one of the ways that motorcyclists avoid sustaining injuries in these instances, but not everyone feels the need to wear them. There are different laws, both federally and at a state level, that determine when a motorcyclist is required to wear a helmet.

History of Helmet Laws

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When the days are short and the weather frigid, motorcyclists who want to keep riding need to take extra precautions to try to avoid weather-related accidents.

Here are eight ways you can reduce your chances of sustaining an injury in a motorcycle accident this winter.

Wear Bright Colors, Especially When Snow is on the Ground

During the short days of winter, more motorists are on the road at dusk and dawn when changing light conditions make it harder to see. Motorcyclists should wear bright colors to make themselves as visible as possible.

what to give a motorcyclist.

The season of giving rapidly approaching. For most Americans, the holidays bring the pressure to find the perfect gift for every relative and friend. If you are wondering what to give a loved one who is a motorcycle rider, take a look at a list of gift ideas we have compiled. As a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, I know what bikers like and what they need to stay safe on the road.

Top Five Gift Ideas for Motorcyclists

Clear Riding Glasses. During the day, a motorcyclist needs a pair of sunglasses to cut down on glare and wind in his or her eyes. At night, the motorcyclist still needs eye protection – but he or she also needs to see in the darkness with a pair of clear riding glasses. It is good to have an extra pair of clear glasses, or a pair of clear glasses for each motorcycle if you have more than one bike. A pair of clear glasses is a thoughtful gift for the rider in your life, reminding him or her that you care. In our experience, having a pair of clear glasses for each bike avoids the issue of always trying to remember to grab the right glasses when switching motorcycles. Starting at about $10 and up, a pair of clear riding glasses will not bust your holiday gift budget.

A Portable Battery Charger. This time of year, a dead battery can leave a motorcyclist stranded on the roadside on a cold, dark Carolina night looking for help from a passing motorist. A portable battery jump starter is a nice gift idea and can get your rider rolling down the road again A portable battery charger can be a lifesaver, particularly for a motorcyclist who enjoys rides through sparsely-populated areas.

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During hot summer days in the Carolinas, it is important to be mindful of the dangers of leaving a child in a hot car.

So far this year, at least 27 children have died in hot cars, according to the child safety advocacy group KidsAndCars.org.

Sometimes accidental heat stroke deaths occur because a parent forgets that the child is in the backseat. In other cases, fatal accidents occur after a curious child climbs into an unlocked car without a parent’s knowledge and gets trapped inside

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Throughout the school year, teens and their parents look forward to summer vacation. Free from the responsibilities of homework and class schedules, young people have time to hang out with friends and engage in summer activities popular in the Carolinas. Summer jobs and trips to the beach or the pool can keep your teen busy. More free time also mean an increase in the amount of time your teen may spend behind the wheel, or as a passenger in friends’ vehicles.

Unfortunately, there is typically a spike in car crashes and injuries involving teens during the months of June, July, and August. According to a June 2016 news release from the American Automobile Association (AAA), the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is known as the ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for teen drivers due to the increase in car accidents and injuries that occur during the summer months.

Top Driving Distractions for Teens

The AAA states that the odds of a teen driver being involved in an accident during these months is nearly 20 percent greater than at other times of the year. Roughly 10 people die each day during the summer as the result of teen driving accidents. Research conducted by the AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that close to 60 percent of these accidents are the result of distracted driving.

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For many motorcyclists, the call of the road gets stronger as the weather warms. More motorcyclists enjoy riding with friends on spring and summer weekends and commuting to work by bike. Riding a motorcycle has a lot of appeal, but sharing the road with cars and trucks who are not alert for motorcyclists can be dangerous.

Here are some tips to keep in mind anytime you get on your motorcycle in North Carolina or South Carolina:

Ride Distraction-Free

One of the most important things that you can do as a motorcyclist is to ride without distractions. When you are distracted, it is harder to keep track of the position of other cars and trucks on the road. It can increase your risk of being in an accident. Riding distraction-free means keeping music at a reasonable volume, keeping both eyes focused on the road, and never using a cellphone or handheld mobile device while operating a motorcycle.

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