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Should I start riding a bike?

I’m interested in getting into motorcycles, but I don’t know how safe it is in my state. I’m living in South Carolina, and I’d like to get some information on exactly what the situation looks like to those who are already riding, and to those who would refuse to ever get on a bike.

The thing is, I don’t know where to go to find out for myself. All I can find so far is that there are some major issues out there in this state, and maybe I’d be better off not getting into it.

I read on this lawyer’s page that all sorts of things could go wrong, from drunk drivers (either in a car or on another bike) hitting me, to general driver error (which again leads to me being hit), to mechanical failure of my bike (which leads to me peeling out and getting injured), to highway problems, which I take to mean potholes or rocks in the road that could flip my bike.

I’m not an idiot, I know motorcycles are dangerous, it’s just now that I see concrete ways I could be injured it has got me wondering. I think I could get over my worries if I knew South Carolina was a little safer than elsewhere. Then, I could tell myself that all of those horror stories are just a little less likely to happy to me here than if I started biking in, say, Colorado or something.

I don’t know. It’s probably a bad idea, but I just love the idea of a bike. I love the image it presents. I love the idea of commuting to work on a bike and getting those early morning stares from my coworkers. I’m a quiet guy most of the time, and I need something that’ll let me make a little noise.

For all that, my cautious nature may win out in the end. Those possible accidents listed above may be too compelling, and I may end up doing something safer like getting a dog. Dog’s are nice. Dog’s don’t drive drunk, for instance, and run you over.

But I am pretty tired of living such a quiet life. A dog can bark, but a dog doesn’t have that loud, rebellious quality that a bike does. A dog may say I’m a nice guy, but it doesn’t say I’m a bit of a rebel.

Of course, I’m not a bit of a rebel; I’d just like to try to be. But first, I need to hear about the state of the roads and the drivers in this state of mine. So, anyone out there, what is it like riding the roads of South Carolina? Would it be a safe enough place to learn my way on a bike? Or would I be better off keeping my modestly priced car with high safety standards?

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