With May serving as the gateway from spring to summer, far more motorcyclists are hitting the roads, taking advantage of the warming weather. That’s one of the main reasons that transportation safety authorities across the nation have designated May as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Looking to spread the word about riding safety and help prevent motorcycle crashes, authorities promoting this campaign are urging all travelers to share the road and remember that riders “have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway.”
To back this effort, we are sharing some important riding safety tips that can help motorcyclists minimize their risk of accidents and injuries. While we invite you to share these safety tips with your fellow motorcycle riding enthusiasts, don’t hesitate to contact to a Columbia SC personal injury attorney at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law if you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident and you need answers about your recovery options.
- Always wear a DOT-approved safety helmet and other protective gear – If you get into a crash, wearing a DOT-approved safety helmet can reduce your risk of a catastrophic (if not fatal) head injury by nearly 50 percent. Similarly, other protective gear – like riding gloves, boots and jackets – can be crucial to protecting you in the event of a wreck.
- Make yourself as visible & predictable as possible when riding – This means trying to stay out of other motorists’ blind spots whenever possible and to always follow traffic laws so that other drivers’ can generally predict where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing next. This safety tips also involves wearing reflective gear when riding at night, in the fog or in other low-visibility conditions in order to make yourself as visible as possible to others sharing the road with you.
- Never ride if you are drunk, really tired or not ready to focus on the road – Riding when drunk, exhausted and/or distracted can all significantly compromise your ability to safely operate a motorcycle. That’s because any of these conditions can impair your perception, coordination and reaction times, substantially increasing your risk of crashing. In fact, transportation safety officials have found that, at BACs at 0.08 (the legal limit), motorists’ crash risk quadruples (at the very least). So, don’t ride if you aren’t sober, rested and ready to focus.
- Know & properly maintain your motorcycle – If you don’t know how to handle your bike (or how sensitive your bike is when it comes to braking or making other maneuvers), it’s going to be much more difficult for you to safely handle it. Similarly, if your motorcycle isn’t properly maintained the risk of an equipment failure can skyrocket, again increasing your crash risk. So make sure you are familiar with your motorcycle – and that you take care of – so that you and your bike are prepared for safe roadway operations.
- Always ride defensively – Or, put another way, don’t expect other motorists on the road to look out for you, to comply with traffic laws, to yield you the right-of-way, etc. If you are anticipating drivers to make unsafe or illegal maneuvers, you can stay prepared for potentially risky situations and immediately react to limit your crash risk.
Contact a Columbia SC Personal Injury Attorney at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law
After a motorcycle accident or any type of traffic crash, contact a Columbia SC personal injury attorney at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for effective legal advocacy moving forward.
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