Some may argue that the scenic views of the beautiful state of South Carolina are best appreciated from the back of a motorcycle. Those who ride motorcycles, whether for practical transportation or for pure enjoyment, know that a motorcycle is more than just a way to get around. The rider community is built on a shared affinity for the vehicle, and sometimes even more so on the culture and camaraderie that grow out of this pursuit. But most people are also aware of the dangers that motorcyclists face, particularly as bikers share the roads with much larger cars, trucks, tractor-trailers, and other enclosed vehicles.
Since South Carolina has a warmer climate and nice weather year-round, many people choose to ride motorcycles in our state. Even though motorcyclists are more vulnerable when they’re on their bike, they still choose to ride because the feeling is freeing and fun. When traffic gets heavier, some motorcyclists might choose to lane split to get around stopped traffic. However, this can be dangerous and is even illegal in South Carolina.
When riding a motorcycle, there are tips that you can follow to ensure that you have a safe traveling experience. Motorcycles are fun but inherently less stable than cars. They do not provide as much protection as cars because they are not enclosed. Therefore, all safety precautions should be taken when operating a motorcycle.
In addition to properly inspecting your motorcycle before riding, below are some motorcycle safety tips that all riders should follow.
Attend a motorcycle rider training class.
Many technical colleges in South Carolina offer rider education courses. If you live in Columbia, you can take the course at Midlands Technical College. Charleston residents may attend a course at Trident Technical College, and Greenville residents can visit Greenville Technical College for training. The Basic Motorcycle Course consists of ten (10) hours of classroom time and ten (10) hours of practical application (i.e. riding). Tuition ranges from $239-$309.
Wear protective gear, especially a helmet.
There are currently nineteen (19) states that have implemented laws requiring motorcycle operators and passengers to wear helmets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and reduce the risk of head injuries by 69%. In South Carolina, if you are under the age of twenty-one (21) and operating a motorcycle or a passenger on a motorcycle, you must wear a helmet approved by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. The helmet must have either a neck or chin strap and be reflectorized on both sides. Unless a wind screen is on the motorcycle, goggles or face shields are also required by operators under the age of twenty-one (21).
Be mindful of your surroundings.
Never assume that other drivers can see you. Try to stay out of blind spots, and signal well in advance of changing lanes. It is best to ride defensively.
Do you need a motorcycle wreck lawyer?
You should not have to deal with the insurance companies alone. Our attorneys handle claims every day, and we file lawsuits when warranted. At the Solomon Law Group, we will represent you and fight for you. We want you to be able to focus all of your attention on your recovery and well-being.
Reginald Hair is an associate attorney at the Solomon Law Group and has worked for one of the largest personal injury law firms in South Carolina. He has solely practiced personal injury law since 2016.
Carl Solomon is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and has received the coveted AV Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubble®. He has also been recognized by Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers in America®. He is the founder of the Solomon Law Group, LLC, which represents clients throughout South Carolina.
Road rash occurs when the skin is scraped or rubbed so the outer layer is destroyed. Depending on the force of the friction, different amounts of skin can be damaged. Motorcyclists are at risk of getting road rash in accidents because it’s common for them to be thrown from their bikes. When they make contact with the ground, the skin can be damaged from harshly brushing against the gravel or pavement of the road.
When a negligent driver causes these kinds of injuries, you deserve to get justice with a motorcycle accident claim. The Columbia lawyers from the Solomon Law Group are ready to help you with your case. We know that you’ve undergone a horrific event and have suffered from injuries because of it. The person responsible should be held accountable for what they’ve done and you should be able to collect damages for what you’ve been through. We will make sure that your rights are protected.
As a motorcycle owner, you want to make sure you have the best policy for you. You can enjoy riding your vehicle with the knowledge that should something happen, you’ll be prepared for it. Negligent drivers cause accidents all the time. In these cases, you should be able to depend on your insurance. But if the insurance company isn’t willing to give you a settlement that you deserve, you may want to explore your legal options.
Because motorcycle accidents can be devastating, it’s important to have legal representation on your side that you can trust. We’ll do everything we can to show that you weren’t at fault and that you receive the compensation you need to recover.
While legal representation is important, it’s also vital that you know how motorcycle insurance works. Let’s take a look at some of the coverages.