Causes of Motorcycle Accidents & Injuries
The warm weather months in South Carolina are perfect for motorcycle riding, and our area hosts several major events that attract bikers from throughout the country. Unfortunately, an increase in the number of riders on the roads means an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents and injuries. If you or someone you care about is a motorcycle enthusiast, it is important to be aware of the risks and causes of motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries In South Carolina
With so many bikers living in or visiting our area, motorcycle accidents are a common occurrence. While part of the appeal of riding is the open air feeling of being one with the road, the fact is that motorcycles offer little protection in collisions with other motor vehicles. As a result, motorcycle accidents tend to be more severe, putting riders at risk for serious and potentially fatal injuries.
The latest motorcycle crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that these accidents kill close to 200 riders each year in South Carolina, while causing potentially disabling injuries for thousands of others. Despite the efforts of law enforcement and increased public awareness, the number of motorcycle fatalities has increased steadily over the past ten years in our state. The NHTSA reports that in more than two thirds of these deaths, the drivers involved were not wearing helmets.
Preventing Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
The Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that South Carolina is one of a number of states that does not require helmets for riders over the age of 20. While wearing a helmet is not mandated by law, the III advises that using one can cut your risk of being killed in a motorcycle accident by as much as 40 percent.
In addition to wearing an approved motorcycle safety helmet, it is also important to wear long pants and the proper shoes to protect your legs, feet, and ankles. And be sure to use gloves to ensure you have a good grip on the wheel. Additional ways to protect yourself and passengers from common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Drive sober: The III reports that in a third of all motorcycle accidents, alcohol use was a contributing factor.
- Obey speed limits: Nearly 35 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents are speed related, which is almost twice as high as the percentage of speed related accidents involving automobiles.
- Get the proper licensing: Over 25 percent of all motorcycle accidents involve unlicensed drivers.
- Get proper training: Riding a motorcycle and learning how to navigate various road and traffic conditions takes skill. Taking a course offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation can help to ensure you are prepared.
Reach Out for Professional Help
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our South Carolina accident attorneys can advise you on the best course of action to help you get the compensation you need to recover.