Bike Week Reminder: Keep An Eye Out For Motorcycles!
Whether you own a motorcycle or have never ridden one, you have to admit there’s a kind of beauty to the utilitarian styling of a nice bike. With gorgeous weather upon us, the roads will soon be filled with motorcyclists from around the U.S., all hoping to have fun, ride some spectacular roads, and meet new people.
While Myrtle Beach Bike Week will mostly be full of beautiful bikes, inspiring scenery, and camaraderie, any large event usually leads to a couple unfortunate accidents.
South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Statistics
A motorcycle accident is more likely to end in death than a car crash. Scary thought, right? In 2010, there were 1,819 motorcycle accidents. While this is only 1.7% of all traffic accidents, motorcycle accidents made up 10% of all traffic accident fatalities.
Thankfully, the number of fatalities has been decreasing. Riding safely (and with a helmet) can continue to knock that number down. In 2008, 74% of motorcycle accident deaths were due to traumatic brain injury. Statistics indicate the risk of traumatic brain injury decreases when a helmet is worn.
Motorcycle accidents, like most traffic accidents, are avoidable. Here are some tips to stay safe on the road.
What Should Motorists Watch Out For?
Let’s be honest, sometimes motorcycles make drivers nervous. As long as you are driving safely and following the rules of the road, there isn’t anything to worry about.
Make sure that you give motorcycles as much space as you would a car. Don’t tailgate or attempt to share a lane with a motorcycle. If you are merging in front of a motorcycle, make sure there is enough space for them to slow down if need be. Drive defensively—anticipate others actions and be aware of your surroundings as you drive. That means no messing about with the radio dial or your smartphone.
What Should Motorcyclists Watch Out For?
While motorcycles have just as much right to be on the road as any other vehicle, sometimes motorists sure seem to cut it close. If you encounter a tailgater or someone who passes too close to your bike and isn’t allowing you full use of the lane, change lanes if possible and get farther away. Pull over if necessary. It is more important that you get to your destination safely than quickly.
All motorcyclists, as well as passengers under the age of 21, are required by South Carolina law to wear a helmet. If you’re traveling for Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally, plan to bring a helmet with you, even if it isn’t required in your home state. Not only will you be following the law, but you’ll also reduce the chances of traumatic injury in case of an accident.
In terms of sharing the lane with other motorcycles, South Carolina motorcycle law allows two bikes to ride abreast. Just make sure you are comfortable riding that close to another bike. If not, ride in the middle of the lane to make it clear you’d like the whole lane.
Motorcycle Accident? Call a South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer
When the worst happens, know that a South Carolina personal injury lawyer can help you get the benefits and compensation you deserve. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident and have suffered serious injuries, you don’t have to fight the insurance companies alone.
The team at Stark Sandefur understands the unique needs of motorcyclists. We aim to serve injured motorcyclists get them the compensation they deserve to help pay for medical bills, missed work, and future care.
To better determine whether you have a viable case, it is important to consult with a South Carolina personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. A knowledgeable lawyer will be able to help you decide what to do next and how to move forward.