It’s finally fall which is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and take the good ole’ motorcycle for a spin. Motorcycle enthusiasts are ready to ride without the summer heat. Whether its a short day trip or down the east coast, it’s important to remember that safety comes first.
Often times, accidents occur because other drivers are unaware that a motorcycle is near them. It’s important for all drivers to check their mirrors before changing lanes. Sometimes a driver doesn’t see the cyclist or once they do, it’s too late to avoid an accident.
If you are a motorcyclist, here are some tips to prevent an accident related injury
1. Safety gear– While South Carolina does not have a helmet law, it’s highly recommended to wear one anyway. A head injury could result in life or death situation, and it’s always better to take precautions to stay safe. Check out this guide to motorcycle safety gear here.
2. Check blind spots– Be aware of a vehicle’s blind spots and try to avoid staying in them for an extended period of time.
3. Group riding etiquette– Always remember to ride in a staggered formation. This will help increase your vision of one another and help prevent collision if one of you has to come to a sudden stop.
4. Avoid the “Death Zone”– Avoid riding through an active traffic lane and parked cars. While this seems like a great idea to avoid sitting in traffic, it puts you at risk to other drivers or pedestrians who may not be looking out for you. This area is called the “Death Zone,” obviously for good reason.
5. Watch your speed- It’s so easy to just cruise along, but always check your speed. You would hate to hit a corner too fast or have something unexpected happen and not be able to break in time.
While you can take precautions of your own to prevent accidents, you can’t control other drivers on the road. If you find yourself injured from a motorcycle accident and need help claiming your injuries, call The Peper Law Firm for a free consultation.