South Carolina Attorneys Offer the Best Ideas to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents
For many South Carolina motorcyclists, riding is more than just a mode of transportation - it’s a way of life.
Motorcyclists put their lives on the line every time they take to the open road, however, and the greatest danger they face is driver error.
Most importantly, drivers should look out for motorcycles, especially when approaching curves. Sadly, they often fail to see motorcyclists or foresee their movements, even when they do.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), approximately 5,172 motorcycle riders and passengers were killed in 2017 – accounting for roughly 14 percent of all traffic fatalities for that year. The number of fatalities has more than doubled since 1997.
The importance of helmets and other protective gear
Despite helmets not being legally required for riders ages 18 and older, motorcyclists should never take the chance of sustaining a serious head injury in the event of a crash. Helmets can mitigate the likelihood of a head injury being severe or prevent them altogether. Additionally, medical costs may be lower for motorcyclists who wear helmets.
NSC suggests that riders only use newly purchased helmets and avoid used helmets. There are several different types of motorcycle helmets to choose from, some of which offer eye protection. Your helmet should be properly fitted, as a helmet that is too big may not be effective at preventing a head injury.
In addition to a properly fitted helmet, riders should also be equipped with eye gear (only if it’s not featured on your helmet), gloves, boots, long pants, and arm guards.
Other safety tips for motorcyclists to consider
Motorcyclists should always hone their riding skill, even if they’re seasoned riders. The moves of drivers are not always predictable. Honing your ability to ride defensively can lessen the likelihood of a crash when a driver makes an error.
You should also ensure that your motorcycle is properly inspected and free of mechanical defects. This can be done by checking your tires, brakes, mirrors, horn, clutch, throttle, headlights, taillights, and turn signals. Anything that appears not be in proper working condition should be fixed before riding.