Motorcycles provide joy to those who choose to purchase one. However, considering the lack of protection from the negligence of other drivers, riders are encouraged to take specific safety measures following a motorcycle accident in Columbia.
If you wish to learn more about these safety tips, or if you require professional help with collecting damages following an accident cause by the carelessness of another driver, reach out to a knowledgeable attorney to schedule a consultation today.
What are the Motorcycle Helmet Laws?
In Columbia and the rest of South Carolina, individuals over the age of 21 are not required to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. Although is it not the safest thing to do, a person would not receive a ticket or fine for not wearing a helmet. However, in the event of an accident, the blame may be shared with the injured motorcyclist if they were not wearing a helmet. The defense will most likely claim that because the plaintiff did not wear a helmet, they contributed to the injuries that could have been avoided if they wore a helmet.
Protective Measures to Take Following a Motorcycle Accident
Following an accident, victims should wait for emergency medical services to arrive in order to have their injuries examined by a medical professional. If the victim is in a situation where they can provide aid to others who may have been involved in the accident, they should do so. Riders are recommended to carry a first aid kit on their motorbike for emergency situations. Some injuries may cause the victim to suffer heavy bleeding, but by having a first aid kit on hand, victims can potentially stop the bleeding and wait for emergency services to arrive.
What Information Should Motorcyclists Have on Them?
A motorcyclist should always carry their registration for their motorcycle, driver’s license, and proof of insurance. However, there are other types of information that motorcyclists should have on their person as well. For example, it is recommended that riders have information regarding their next of kin, emergency contact, who their doctor is, what hospital they prefer, their blood type, and whether they are an organ donor. If the motorcyclist has any allergies or is a diabetic, they should include that type of information as well.
Common Misconceptions About Motorcycle Safety
One of the more popular misconceptions people have about motorcycle safety is that the people riding the motorbikes do not care for their own safety. That is far from the case, most motorcyclists take great lengths to ensure that they are equipped with the right protective gear in the event of an accident and try to do all they can to avoid being in an accident. However, most collisions occur due to the carelessness of another driver. In areas where there is a lot of growth in infrastructure and not enough emphasis on building roads that could handle the increase in population and traffic, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to drivers who fail to check their side mirrors when changing lanes.
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If you are still unsure about the safety measures you can take following a motorcycle accident in Columbia, reach out to an attorney today. A lawyer could inform you of the necessary information to have on you in the event of a catastrophic accident as well as the importance of seeking medical attention following an accident.
To get started on discussing the details of your case, schedule a consultation today.