How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
The month of May means motorcycle rallies in South Carolina, as two huge events in the Myrtle Beach area bring motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country to the Palmetto State. While these events mean increased tourism throughout the area, they also bring an increase in motorcycle accidents and injuries. It is important at this time of year and throughout the summer and fall months for resident drivers to be aware of the special challenges faced by bikers in regards to dealing with other motorists, and to practice extra safety precautions to avoid accidents.
South Carolina Motorcycle Accidents
When it comes to sharing the road with other motorists, motorcycle enthusiasts are often at a disadvantage. Motorcycles lack the protection an automobile affords its drivers, and accidents involving bikers often result in severe and potentially life threatening injuries. While yearly events have traditionally brought hundreds of thousands of bikers and motorcycle aficionados to area, unfortunately these events can also result in a large number of motorcycle accidents and fatalities. According to a Spartanburg News 7 report, fatal motorcycle accidents continue to increase in the Palmetto, with over 100 motorcycle deaths reported throughout the state in 2015, compared to 87 in 2014.
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Sharing the Road With Motorcyclists
According to the Alive By 25 campaign from the S. C. chapter of the National Safety Council, more than half of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles whose drivers are often determined to be at fault for the accident. There are many more cars on the road than motorcycles, and some drivers view bikers as an inconvenience, even going so far as to become aggressive or hostile when dealing with them on the road. In order to prevent accidents and save lives, it is important for area drivers to understand the unique factors that most motorcycle drivers and their passengers face:
- Motorcyclists are often obscured in a car’s blind spot. Be aware of where these spots are on your car, and double check before switching lines.
- Due to their size, a motorcycle often appears further away than it actually is. Be careful not to cut a cyclist off, either when pulling out in front of them or when making lane changes.
- Motorcyclists will often slow down for traffic or stops by easing off the throttle or by downshifting, as opposed to putting on their brakes. Avoid tailgating and give bikers extra room at intersections and in traffic.
- A motorcyclist will adjust their position within a lane to deal with changes in wind speed or direction and to avoid road hazards such as dust, stones, and potholes. Realize they are not showing off or being reckless if they are weaving back and forth within their lane, and allow extra room when driving alongside or when passing.
Reach Out to Us for Help
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm. Our experienced South Carolina accident attorneys can assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. We have offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina; call us today for a free review of your case.