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Ringing in the New Year is one of the most exciting times of the year! Champagne, dancing, singing, and socializing, all wrapped up into one night is always a blast. Here, at Uricchio Law Firm, we’d like to wish you a happy and safe New Year’s. We’d also like to provide you with just a few safety tips to avoid personal injury and DUI charges this New Year’s Eve.

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  • Have a designated driver: If you’re going to be traveling during New Year’s Eve and New Year’s be sure to have a designated driver planned out for the evening. This decreases your chances and the chances of other drives from being involved in a motor vehicle accident, as well as eliminates your chances of being charged with a DUI. Also, there is often a much higher amount of police surveying the roads for drunk drivers.
  • Try to stay off the roads as much as possible: Even if you have a designated driver for yourself, you cannot prevent drunk drivers and careless drivers from causing an accident with your vehicle. When you stay off the roads as much as possible, you automatically reduce your chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
  • Have a plan and stick to it: Before you go out for the night, decide who you will be going with, where you will be going, and what the environment will be like at your destination(s). Always stay with the friends you went to the party or bar with, especially if you are unfamiliar with the other individuals attending. Watch out for yourself and for your friends and never take a drink from an unfamiliar person. A rule of thumb is to always watch your drink being made and never lose sight of it from point A (the bar) to point B (your hand).

Stay safe and have a wonderful New Year’s!

What will you be doing this New Year’s Eve?

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For motorcyclists in South Carolina or passing through this beautiful state, it’s important to be aware of all South Carolina motorcycle laws. We’ve compiled a few of our posts on SC motorcycle law for South Carolina visitors and residents, alike, to ensure you know your biker rights and understand the law, as well as remain safe on the road.

South Carolina Motorcycle Law:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

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Uricchio Law Firm would like to wish all of our loyal blog readers safe and happy holidays! We’d also like to share with you some tips on how to stay safe and avoid personal injury this holiday season:

1. Travel Safely: Whether you’re traveling by motorcycle or motor vehicle, be extra alert and focused. With more volume on the roads and in shopping centers, it can be quite overwhelming.

2. Don’t Leave the Tree Lights On: If you’re not home, your tree lights should not be on. For years, tree lights have been the culprit of many house fires during this time of year.

3. Take Proper Precautions During Icy Winter Storms: No car, not even a four-wheel-drive car, can stabilize on ice. Be sure to practice caution while driving or walking, and be on the lookout for black ice (which looks like a dark patch of pavement).

We hope you enjoyed our safety tips for this holiday season and we wish you a very merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

On December 21, 2010, in Uncategorized, by admin

‘Tis the Season for making wish lists. As you put yours together, here is a list of some of Paul “Ricky” Uricchio’s favorite things:

Favorite Motorcycle: Harley Davidson Road Glide Screaming Eagle Plus (depicted in the image below)

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Favorite Motorcycle Store: Low Country Harley Davidson, 4707 Dorchester Road, North Charleston,

Favorite Bar: Rivals Bar, 9882 Highway 78, Ladson

Favorite Motorcycle Repair Shop: Sam’s Performance Specialties 2513 Ashley River Road, Charleston,

Favorite Gun Store: ATP Gun Shop & Range, 1340 College Park Road, Summerville,

Favorite Gun Range: Twin Ponds Rifle Range, Hwy 17 North off of Steed Creek Rd

Favorite Gun: “The one in my hand” – Ricky

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If you missed part I of this post, feel free to check it out here.

Only Smooth Moves:

Turning a motorcycle on such a slick surface demands an ultra-smooth approach. Getting on the brakes abruptly or making a sudden steering input could put you in the guardrail. So you want to be slowed down before you go in there and keep the throttle neutral all the way through –and be ready for cars that might get unstuck and block the whole mess.

That smooth approach to speed and direction changes will serve you well on all wet roads. Initiate your turns a bit more gradually. Downshift smoothly, engaging the clutch a bit slower than usual, and avoid abrupt throttle changes. Get on the throttle progressively. Use a taller gear to reduce the forces reaching the rear tire. Apply the brakes in such a way that the tires are not loaded abruptly. Allow more space to stop or slow down so that you need less. And also make sure that drivers around you have time to react to your moves.

The Eyes Need It: Though it might look better at the end of a long ride in the wet, a black rainsuit is going to be very hard to see in heavy rain.

Image taken from Motorcycle Superstore website

**Image to the left taken from Motorcycle Superstore website.

That brings us back to vision. The ability of other drivers to see us could be the single biggest issue a motorcyclist must confront in the rain. With low light, windows obscured, and a streaked and possibly fogged windshield, the driver of a car may have a very difficult time seeing the world ahead.  If you are wearing black, or even worse, a neutral color like gray or olive drab, you blend into that gray world. A bright yellow rainsuit is probably the best choice and the single simplest way to make your wet-weather rides safer, though white is also an excellent choice and even better than yellow at night. Fluorescent colors also help during the day and retro-reflective striping or panels on your rainsuit, helmet or a pack also help at night. A visible helmet color also makes a difference at night.

How about your own ability to see? Even with a faceshield that’s wet on both sides, you probably have a better view of the situation around you than the average car operator does in the rain.  The drops on a faceshield (or goggles) are inside your focal point and are just vague blurs when you focus on the road ahead. However, your view can be impaired by faceshield fogging or a windshield that rises into your line of sight. Unlike a faceshield, a windshield is well out in your focal range, and the water on both sides makes it hard to see through. Rain-X does help disperse water on both face- and, more importantly, windshields.

Anti-fogging solutions and the Fog City Fog Shield effectively stop fogging, although the Fog Shield is not recommended for use at night because it creates some ghost images. Even if you don’t have a commercial anti-fog solution, a thin layer of hand or dish soap will stop fog. You can wipe it on wet or dry, than polish it off.Charleston motorcycle accident attorney

A Rainy Night:

For many motorcyclists, the demons come out on a rainy night. Each of those raindrops on your faceshield or goggles picks up a pinpoint of light from every light around you. Riding behind a windshield that is too tall to see over is extremely difficult, which is why we caution against that configuration. Oncoming cars can completely obscure your vision. A timely wipe of your faceshield can help, but you may be unable to see the road at all for a moment. Puddles may be completely undetectable.

On the other hand, lights that aren’t so bright — such as taillights — reflected in the road surface ahead can show you features of the road surface that you headlight doesn’t illuminate. My preferred strategy is to follow (at a distance that keeps me out of its spray) a vehicle with lots of taillights, watching the point where they are reflected to pick out potholes, seams, or objects lying in the road. Watching the vehicle will also warn you of large puddles, which could cause hydroplaning if you hit them fast enough.

Even at night a motorcyclist has a few aces to play. One advantage of a motorcycle is your high view point compared a person in a car. At night, this allows you a better view of the road surface because you have a steeper angle of view. As a result, it’s easier to see striping, and other shallow features. You can also use the reflective qualities of wet surfaces to your advantage. Wet utility wires or tree branches can warn you of a car approaching over a hill or around a corner. Brake lights reflected under a truck can alert you of an impending stop.

Did you find these bad weather motorcycle safety tips helpful? We’d love to hear from you in our comments section.

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Motorcycle Safety Tips for Bad Weather: Part I

On December 14, 2010, in Safety Tips, by admin

The weather in the South can be unpredictable. Storms can pop-up out of nowhere. Motorcycle riding in the rain safely is a matter of dressing properly, understanding traction, making sure you can see, and making sure that you are seen.


Image taken from the Motorcycle Superstore website

**Image to the right taken from the Motorcycle Superstore website.

Seeing and being seen are bigger concerns than traction.

The key element in being able to enjoy a day riding in the rain is good rain gear. These days virtually all rain-suits from

reputable motorcycle-accessory firms will keep you dry in a torrent. The factors that set some apart are ease of entry, conspicuous colors, and comfort.

There is nothing like a hard, biting rainstorm to convince someone of the advantage of a full-coverage helmet. Rain drops can hurt at 65 mph, so you want your face covered. You may also not want the dark lenses of your sun glasses. A full-coverage face-shield on an open-face helmet will block the rain drops, but lets more water get onto your face and drip down the inside of the shield of a full-face helmet.

Staying comfortable is important. Furthermore, if you get wet and cold, fatigue erodes that mental edge you need to stay ahead of the traffic around you.

Stick Like Glue:

Once you have dressed for the rain, you have only two motorcycle safety issues to confront: traction and vision. Traction seems to be the primary concern for most riders, usually because they aren’t sure how much grip they have available. While some surfaces–metal fixtures such as manhole covers and bridge gratings, painted areas, and places where built-up oil and grease have not washed off–become much slipperier when wet, you can actually call on a surprising amount of traction on clean asphalt or concrete.

How much? The easiest way to test traction is to feel for it with your rear brake.

Assuming you know how much deceleration you can develop on dry pavement before the rear tire breaks loose, you have a gauge of what’s available if you repeat the test when the road is wet. This also assumes that you have a reasonable amount (say 3/16 of an inch) of tread depth. If you do this at moderate speeds on a flat, straight road, it won’t become a thrill ride. Avoid locking up the rear wheel on a steeply crowned road, where it will tend to slide downhill and out of line.

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You also can do a couple of things to improve traction. Premium aftermarket tires are virtually certain to give better wet-road grip than original-equipment tires. Also, a slight increase in tire pressure also improves the wet-weather traction of any tire. Increasing your tire pressure by five p.s.i. or less helps to cut through the film of water and prevent hydroplaning. Just don’t take that to mean you can venture out on bald tires with a bit more air in them.

Some situations should be confronted with extreme caution. Railroad tracks are extremely dangerous when wet.  The standard advice is to try to cross railroad or other metal tracks at a right angle, even in the dry. When they are wet, this is imperative.

Otherwise, you risk having the tire slip into the groove alongside the track, which will immediately ruin your whole day.

Other large metal road surfaces or metal sections running parallel to your direction of travel — some expansion joints, for example — are equally hazardous and should be approached cautiously and upright. A thin strip of metal can usually be crossed while leaned over mildly; tires slip then catch again after crossing. However, a large metal surface such as a bridge grate, a manhole cover or a cattle guard, may permit the tire to slip too much to recover traction. Painted surfaces can be almost as slippery as metal.

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As a Charleston SC motorcycle injury attorney, I’m pleased to present a guest video post from the highly acclaimed Charleston tax attorney, Evan Lacke. Evan was kind enough to provide us with a video on why we, as motorcyclists, need to have our estate documents in place.

See below for the video:

Learn more about Evan here, or connect with him on Facebook.

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Holiday Gifts for Bikers

On December 7, 2010, in Biker Events, Motorcycle Care, by admin

Post written by Patrick “Ryan” Bush, our in-house lifestyle correspondent

The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends; however, they are also a season of giving. This season, why not get all your holiday shopping done on the internet? You can find anything you want for anyone on your list within minutes. The internet also provides you the luxury of not having to deal with crowded shops, pushy salespeople or gift wrapping. No clue about what to get someone? Two minutes on google or yahoo, and you will have thousands of ideas. For instance, don’t give the biker in your life another boring tie for the holidays—check out some of the awesome alternatives that we found by using the net:

Below is a Beer Bags PVC Motorcycle Saddle Bag Set (image taken from, which you can purchase at

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Below is a Harley-Davidson Oil Can Pint Glass Gift Set (image taken from, which you can purchase at

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Below are Red Baron Motorcycle Goggles (image taken from, which you can purchase at

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Below is an Embroidered Toilet Seat (image taken from, which you can purchase at

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Below is an All Weather Protection for Your Bike (image taken from, which you can purchase at

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What’s on your motorcycle wish list this year?

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The United States is one of the most gorgeous countries to explore on a motorcycle.

Here are a few of our favorite motorcycle getaways in the U.S.:

motorcycle road tripCALIFORNIA: Mendocino Coast

Just four miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza, Highway 1 escapes the diligence of U.S. 101 and snakes its way toward the white sands of Stinson Beach. The ride will take you inland over rolling, grassy hills and into vast forests of Bishop pine, then back over to the coast to vertigo-inducing views of the steep, craggy shoreline.

Connecting the vast portions of untamed back country are tiny towns and villages. Almost all offer fuel, food, and lodging. Each establishment–from bed and breakfast to beach bungalow–is personalized by private ownership. There are many overnight facilities scattered along the coastline. You can stay as a guest in a farmhouse or be a recluse in your own remote, solar-powered cabin. The choices are extensive, but in the peak summer months the place is booked up.

COLORADO: San Juan Skyway

The San Juan Skyway is a 236-mile ride that may well be the most scenic loop in America. You’ll find it 90 miles from Grand Junction or 250 miles from Pueblo. The route incorporates five passes, countless ghost towns and a smattering of some of the finest former mining towns in the West, as well as the historic Million Dollar Highway–-the miraculous road, which crosses Red Mountain Pass at 11,018 feet.

There is no doubt the Million Dollar Highway is the jewel of the San Juan crown, so take your time. There are many, many pullouts that allow you to enjoy the breathtaking views and explore the old ghost towns and mining facilities. The route continues onto Telluride. The popular ski resort destination also showcases a well-preserved historic section that should not be missed.motorcycle road trip

TEXAS: Hill Country

While most people think the Lone Star State is an endless dry, flat, windy road, the Hill Country, with its tempting hills and canyons, is perfect for two-wheeled exploration. Follow Highway 83 up to a higher altitude where the temperature cools creating an ideal climate for lush pinon, juniper and oak trees. The roads of hill country are fantastic for all types of riding. Many are straight or sweeping and a few offer challenging corners. All are hugely scenic and deliver you to an assortment of wonderful villagelike towns and historic hamlets.

GEORGIA: North Georgia Mountains

In Northern Georgia, not two hours above bustling Atlanta, the land begins to gently tumble and swell. The legendary Blue Ridge Mountains begin here–part of the Appalachian Range that extends all the way to Maine. It seems to be a secret that the Georgian landscape includes such voluptuous assets, and as a result these mountains and the roads winding amongst them are usually quite empty.

This road offers some gentle sweeping corners, but most of it is challenging, with 25-mph S-curves and plenty of exciting elevation changes. The Parkway is a 24-mile run that ends at Wolf Pen Gap Road (state Route 180). Some say this is the most curvaceous road in Georgia.

The fact is, you can’t make a wrong turn when you’re riding in the Chattahoochee area. Road surfaces are generally excellent, though soft, sloping shoulders common to this region don’t allow much room for error. Along with the scars of the Civil War and the ghosts of the Cherokee Nation, this motorcycle playground will remain a refuge for years to come.

FLORIDA: Everglades to Key West

Most of this country’s universally favored motorcycle roads have corners, don’t they? Not so with the Keys–just 120 miles of 360-degree majesty so captivating you might fall off your bike trying to swivel your head in all directions.  Expect low speed limits and nary a passing opportunity, too. It’s key to sink into the situation and not feel rushed.

The motorcycle ride takes you through the islands–Key Largo, Islamorada, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key and Lower Matecumbe Key. By the time you reach Marathon and the famous Seven Mile Bridge–the longest segmented bridge in the world–you’re in the Middle Keys and starting to feel a real tropical vibe. This quieter section of the Keys, with its mom-and-pop restaurants, retro lodging and camping retreats, will suit some more than what’s to come in Key West.

There are plenty of places to eat and stay, but lodging can be pretty pricey all year, and reservations are recommended. There is no real “season,” though I’d recommend winter, when the rest of the world is wearing wool. For better or worse, the road is absolutely straight and flat (the highest elevation on the islands is a whopping 18 feet). Still, it’s the most unusual stretch of road you’ll find in America.

Want to find the best places in South Carolina to ride? Visit our blog post on Best South Carolina Motorcycle Routes.

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