Motorcycle Rallies and Group Ride Safety Tips
In South Carolina and throughout the country, warmer spring temperatures mean an increase in outdoor activities and events. For motorcycle aficionados, that means the opportunity to take part in bike rallies and group ride events taking place in the Palmetto State as well as across the country. Daytona Beach, Florida and Sturgis, South Dakota are popular rallies that are familiar to most bikers, while closer to home Myrtle Beach hosts a number of different bike events that draw crowds from across the country. While group riding can be a fun and adventurous way to spend time with friends, the more riders there are the more chances that motorcycle accidents and injuries will occur. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, the following is important information about motorcycle accidents, as well as tips on avoiding accidents and injuries during rallies and group rides.
Motorcycle Accidents and Causes
According to the latest motorcycle accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5,000 motorcyclists are killed in motorcycle accidents each year in the United States, while over 80,000 other bikes suffer serious injuries in these accidents. The NHTSA states that motorcyclists face a higher rate of accidents than other drivers, their injuries tend to be more severe, and they are as much as 26 times more likely to be killed in accident compared to other drivers.
The motorsport enthusiast group RideApart states that there are several common scenarios that can lead to motorcycle accidents and injuries. These include the following:
- Interactions with motor vehicles, including cars that pull out in front of bikers, change lanes, or turn abruptly.
- Driving errors such as entering corners too fast.
- Going too fast in traffic or slamming on your brakes, which can result in rear ending other drivers or being from behind yourself.
- Group riding mishaps, such as riding too close together, performing dangerous stunts, or drinking while riding.
- Poor road conditions, including construction zones, the presence of gravel and road debris as well as wet, slippery roads.
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Tips to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
Safety tips for motorcyclists from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) include the following:
- Keep an eye on the road in front of you, and watch for changes in traffic or road conditions that could require you to slow down or stop suddenly.
- Keep an eye on your rear view mirror, and steer clear of drivers who may be following too closely or those attempting to pass you.
- Use the proper headlights and brake lights to increase visibility, and use hand signals to indicate when making a turn.
- Keep your eyes on the road in front of you, and avoid being distracted by vendors at events or by other drivers.
- Remember not to ride if you have been drinking or are under the influence of any substance which could impair your judgment.
The SCDMV advises bikers to get to know their motorcycle properly before getting out on the road, to follow all state rules and regulations, and to wear the proper protective gear to avoid injuries.
Reach Out to Our Office for Help
If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured as the result of a motorcycle accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm today. Our experienced South Carolina motorcycle accident attorneys know the devastating repercussions these injuries can have on your life and your ability to support yourself and your loved ones. We offer a free consultation during which we can discuss your case and advise you on the best course of action to get the compensation you deserve.