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Some important safety tips for South Carolina motorcycle riders

There are many simple things that motorcycle riders can do to help decrease their chances of injury should they end up in an accident, such as wearing a helmet.
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    February 09, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Despite the fact that South Carolina law expressly states that motorcycles are "entitled to the full use" of traffic lanes, many drivers on the road fail to give motorcyclists the respect they deserve. Indeed, all too often, South Carolina riders are injured in motorcycle accidents merely due to the fact that other motorists neglect to see them. Even worse, motorcyclists routinely come out on the losing end of most accidents as other motor vehicles typically outsize them considerably.

Thankfully, there are many simple things that motorcycle riders can do to help decrease their chances of injury should they end up in an accident, such as wearing a helmet. For instance, according to numbers previously reported by South Carolina's Department of Public Safety, roughly 69 percent of all motorcycle riders killed in crashes during 2010 were not wearing their helmets at the time of the their accidents.

However, helmets can even help prevent nonfatal motorcycle injuries, such as those injuries caused by blows to the head or neck. In fact, a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which reviewed motorcycle accident data from 2001 through 2008, found that 22 percent of all nonfatal motorcyclist injuries involved riders' heads and necks.

While there is little double that increased helmet use could certainly lower the likelihood of motorcycle head injuries, helmets are sadly not required under South Carolina law for motorcycle riders, except if they are under 21-years-old. Although, interestingly, a South Carolina bill was recently introduced that, if passed, would require helmets for all riders.

Other helpful motorcycle safety tips

Helmet use is not the only safety tip that motorcycle riders should adhere to while traversing South Carolina roadways. For example, motorcycle riders should always:
- Be conscious of blind spots of other cars and trucks, and not be afraid to honk to make sure other cars are aware of the motorcycle's presence
- Flash brake lights when slowing down as other vehicles often have a hard time of gauging a motorcycle's speed
- Make sure to leave enough space between the motorcycle and other vehicles, as this will permit sufficient time to respond to any erratic driving on the part of other vehicles
- Wear long sleeves and thick protective clothing

Sadly, though, no matter how many preventative measures are taken by motorcyclists, it is inevitable that accidents still occur at the hands of other negligent drivers. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a motorcycle collision due to the fault of another, it is often best to seek the counsel of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can aid in investigating the causes of your accident and help outline your rights and options.

Article provided by Ryan Montgomery, Attorney at Law, LLC
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