Now that the memories of the past winter are finally starting to fade, more and more people are resuming their favorite warm weather hobbies. Still others, however, are perhaps looking to enliven their spring and summer by taking up a new pastime.
While this could be something as simple as joining a softball team or planting a garden, it could also mean something considerably more exciting, such as purchasing a motorcycle to cruise the many scenic highways crisscrossing South Carolina.
Of course, anyone planning to purchase a new motorcycle won’t be able to hit the road as soon as they take possession of their new ride.
That’s because South Carolina law dictates that all motorcyclists must secure the proper licensure, much like what is required to secure a driver’s license. This means a written exam, learner’s permit period, vision test and road skills test, to name only a few of the requirements.
As onerous as this might seem, the process is designed to help make you the best driver possible, such that you appreciate the potential danger posed by not just the motorcycle itself, but by the people with whom you share the road.
Indeed, statistics show that in 2013, 58 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involved multiple vehicles. These types of accidents typically result when motorists fail to notice motorcyclists or engage in altogether reckless driving around them (speeding, distracted driving, tailgating, etc.).
In recognition of this danger, here are a few basic safety tips for novice riders to keep in mind before climbing behind the handlebars and starting what could prove to be a lifelong hobby:
- Use headlights, brake lights, horn and reflective tape to remain visible.
- Don’t ride in blind spots.
- Wear the necessary safety gear, including a helmet (required by state law for all riders under 21).
- Drive defensively.
- Maintain a safe distance between your motorcycle and the vehicles around you.
Another important thing to remember is that if a negligent motorist causes an accident leaving you with serious and even life-altering personal injuries that you do have options for seeking the justice and peace of mind that you deserve.