Motorcyclists have a unique view of the scenery around them. While some people think of motorcyclists as lawbreakers, most are actually law-abiding citizens who just want to enjoy the open road. They take pride in safe riding.
Many people don’t fully realize that the safety of motorcyclists depends largely on the behavior of others around them.
#1: Injuries and fatalities statistics
Motorcyclists are five times more likely to suffer an injury in a crash than a person in a vehicle. They’re also 26 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury. These statistics show the importance of watching out for motorcycles so they can make it to their destination safely.
#2: Intersections are dangerous
Intersections are especially dangerous for motorcycles. This is where around 70% of crashes involving a motorcycle and another vehicle occur. Limited line of sight and obstacles near the intersection are factors in many of these crashes.
#3: Right-of-way matters
Motorcycles have the same right of way as other vehicles. Around two-thirds of motorcycle versus other vehicle crashes are caused by the other driver violating the motorcyclist’s lawful right-of-way.
#4: Helmets save lives
Helmets can save lives in a motorcycle crash. They can also protect the motorcyclist from a catastrophic injury because they protect the head and neck. Other safety gear, such as heavy pants, riding jackets and boots can protect the rest of the body from road rash and other injuries.
#5: Grass clippings can lead to crashes
People cutting their grass and blowing it into the street create a significant hazard for motorcyclists. The grass clippings are like ice for a person on a motorcycle. The motorcyclist might lose control, which could throw them to the ground in a crash or cause them to travel into another lane and get struck.
Motorcycle crashes can lead to serious injuries that require costly medical care. Victims of crashes caused by another person’s negligence may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. You can’t wait too long to do this because of South Carolina’s laws. Work with someone who can assist you with your case so you can focus on healing while they work on getting you the compensation you deserve.