The privilege of riding a motorcycle in South Carolina comes with responsibilities that help to keep South Carolina drivers safe. In order to be able to ride a motorcycle in South Carolina there is a process for obtaining a license and laws that you must follow once you obtain that license. First, you must have a driver’s license, and then you must also pass a vision scan and a written knowledge test. Then, you will receive a temporary permit, which will let you ride during the day under supervision. Many community colleges and other associations offer motorcycle riding courses, which could make you feel more comfortable and safe while riding. After you have practiced riding your motorcycle, you can take a road skills test.
Once you pass the road skills test and are permitted to ride a motorcycle, there are laws that you must follow that are specifically designed to protect you while on the road and decrease your chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident. Here is a summary of South Carolina motorcycle laws:
-If you are under 21 years of age, you must wear a motorcycle helmet with reflectors on both sides of the helmet at all times. Although not required, it is highly recommended that riders over the age of 21 wear helmets as well.
-Also, if you are under the age of 21, you must wear eye protection if the vehicle does not have a windscreen. Again, even if you are above the age of 21, it is recommended that you wear anything that would help to protect you if you were to be involved in an accident.
-You must have insurance for your motorcycle and carry it with you at all times.
-As a motorcycle driver, you are entitled to full use of a lane and no other motor vehicle may use part of the lane that you are using.
-While other motor vehicles may not enter your area of the lane, you must not pass another motor vehicle in the same lane as that vehicle (drive alongside a vehicle in order to pass it). Also, you cannot ride in between lanes of traffic. This can prove to be very dangerous since other cars may not be able to see you, resulting in a devastating accident.
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If you are involved in an accident, the South Carolina statute of limitations for an injury or wrongful death claim is three years. So drive safely and if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced South Carolina motorcycle accident attorney immediately.