It’s motorcycle awareness month and as the weather gets warmer you will see more motorcycles on the road.
Motorcycle safety has always been a controversial topic throughout the country. On one hand, the motorcycle community correctly points out that drivers should be more aware of them on the road. On the other hand, others point out that motorcycles are inherently less safe to ride.
While both sides have solid arguments, at Marin and Barrett, Inc. we believe that the community as a whole should come together and remember the following facts and tips to help reduce the number of motorcycle accidents, injuries, and worst of all motorcycle fatalities.
Tips for Bikers:
- Don’t ride in blind spots and be visible. Be aware of your surroundings.
- Riders could wear gear that makes them more visible, such as reflective vests or brighter helmets.
- Research protective helmets and the pros and cons for wearing them.
Tips for Drivers:
- Be extra cautious when passing a motorcycle
- Maintain an adequate following distance behind motorcycles
- Nighttime and poor weather is treacherous for riders – be extra cautious during this time for motorcycles.
Local South Carolina Facts:
- South Carolina’s beautiful weather makes it a hot spot for motorcycles.
- South Carolina ranks the third-worst in the country for its motorcycle fatalities and accidents.
- Lastly, there are no strict helmet laws here. Helmets are only required for ages 20 and younger.
Local Rhode Island Facts:
- Motorcyclists continue to be overrepresented in Rhode Island traffic-related fatalities, accounting for 14 percent of all traffic-related fatalities.
- Although Rhode Island has more strict helmet laws for those registered riders, there are no helmet laws for those passengers.
Stay tuned for more from us on motorcycle awareness month and remember if you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our firm to discuss your case with skilled Rhode Island and South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyers. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We don’t receive any fees unless you recover. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 888-348-2735. You may also fill out our contact form online.