Simple Steps for Motorcycle Safety
The month of May brings an influx of motorcycle enthusiasts to the South Carolina coast. Back-to-back bike weeks are a great chance for riders to share fun and fellowship while soaking up the sun and enjoying the sights. Unfortunately, the increase of bikers often means an increase in motorcycle-related accidents. Damages due to motorcycle accidents can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars, and injuries sustained in these accidents can be severe and life-threatening. There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself against the odds of being involved in a motorcycle crash, as well as some precautions that could very well save your life if you do happen to be involved in an accident.
MOTORCYCLE SAFETY GEAR
Part of the attraction of riding a motorcycle is the sense of freedom you get, riding down the road with the sun on your back and the wind in your hair. If you think that protective gear will stand in the way of your freedom, think again. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), there are some important pieces of motorcycle safety gear that no biker should ride without. Here are a few of the MSF recommendations:
- Wear a helmet: Despite the lack of local helmet laws for riders over 21, it’s still a good idea to wear one. According to the MSF, it’s the most important piece of protective gear you can wear
- Protect your face: Any biker who has been hit in the face by a flying rock or pebble can attest to the value of wearing face protection
- Avoid glare: Use protective goggles made especially for motorcyclists to protect your eyes from the sun’s glare. Aside from being uncomfortable, the sun in your eyes can distort your vision and create blind spots, making you more likely to collide with other drivers or road obstacles
- Use gloves: Gloves do more than just protect your hands; they can help you grip the wheel more effectively, giving you greater control over your motorcycle
- Wear motorcycle boots: Aside from good looks, motorcycle boots help protect your feet and can provide valuable traction
The MSF also recommends protective gear for your whole body, including jackets, pants, and riding suits, depending on the climate and terrain. With a variety of retailers now specializing in protective motorcycle apparel, you can find gear that looks good and keeps you safe, too.
SAFE DRIVING TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
According to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV), some of the biggest dangers facing motorcyclists come from automobiles. Two major factors that can lead to motorcycle accidents are oncoming cars abruptly turning left in front of motorcyclists, and cars on side streets suddenly pulling into a biker’s lane. According to the SCDMV, the only eyes you can count on are your own. When riding, it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings, as well as signals from cars that the drivers may not see you. Motorcycle collisions involving automobiles can be especially deadly and defensive driving saves lives and prevents injuries.
CONTACT OUR SOUTH CAROLINA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Despite taking precautions, motorcycle accidents do occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our experienced motorcycle accident attorney. At the Anastopoulo Law Firm, with an office in Charleston and various locations throughout South Carolina, we can help you receive compensation for injuries related to motorcycle accidents. Don’t settle; call Akim Anastopoulo today for a free review of your case.