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Motorcycle Safety

October 2nd, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

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.

Do I Have to Wear a Helmet on My Motorcycle in South Carolina?

June 29th, 2017 Posted by Driving Safety No Comment yet
Motorcycles can be a source of fun and excitement for thrill seekers and casual cruisers alike. In South Carolina, it is important to note that you MUST wear a helmet if you are under the age of 21. For riders who are a little bit older though, it isn’t required. So, the short answer is no.

As a personal injury attorney, I have seen my fair share of injuries from motorcycles, and 9 times out of 10 the injuries are very serious.  That said, I firmly believe it’s imperative that motorcyclists of all ages wear a helmet.

The MAIDS report (2009) says in a study of motorcycle accidents “…67% of all cases, the helmet was capable of preventing or reducing the head injury sustained by the rider”

Here are some quick statistics from the CDC about wearing motorcycle helmets.
   •  Helmets saved an estimated 1,630 lives and $2.8 billion in economic costs in 2013.
   •  The United States could have saved an additional $1.1 billion in 2013 if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.1
   •  Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37%
   •  Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69%

Common injuries while motorcycling without a helmet include:
   •  Concussions
   •  Facial fractures
   •  Brain injuries
   •  Spinal cord damage
   •  Compound bone fractures
   •  Road rash and severe lacerations
   •  Burns
   •  Organ damage and internal bleeding
   •  Death

Please, practice safe driving on your motorcycle and by all means, WEAR A HELMET!

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