According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, more than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist. Tragically, most of these collisions could have been prevented.
Our David W. Martin Accident & Injury Lawyers in Rock Hill know two of the most common causes of motorcycle wrecks in South Carolina and the rest of the U.S. include lack of vehicle recognition and vehicles making sudden turns in front of a motorcyclist who has the right of way.
The first is true because motorcycles make smaller visual targets, which are more likely to be obscured by other vehicles, or by road and weather conditions. The latter is also true because vehicle drivers misjudge the speed and distance of motorcyclists and make turns in front of them.
That is exactly what happened recently to two motorcyclists who were killed on our South Carolina roadways in just over three weeks.
Beaufort County, South Carolina: Motorcyclist Killed by Turning Driver
According to Live5news.com, on August 16, 2022, in Beaufort County, S.C, the South Carolina Highway Patrol says a motorcycle rider died in a crash with a second vehicle at approximately 3:55 p.m. on U.S. 278 at Pinckney Colony Road.
Troopers say a 2019 Toyota pickup traveling south on Pinckney Colony Road attempted to turn east onto U.S. 278 when it collided with a 1997 Honda motorcycle going west on U.S. 278.
The operator of the motorcycle died from injuries suffered in the collision.
York County, South Carolina: Motorcyclist Killed by Driver Exiting Driveway
According to WCNC.com, on July 24, 2022, in York County, S.C., the South Carolina Highway Patrol said reported one person was dead after a motorcycle accident on South Carolina Highway 49 near Village Harbor Drive.
The driver of a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle was driving along SC 49 before hitting a vehicle on the driver’s side attempting to pull out of a private driveway, according to the highway patrol.
The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Steele Creek hospital by EMS where they later died from their injuries, troopers said.
The incident remains under investigation.
Contact Our David W. Martin Accident & Injury Lawyers in Rock Hill, South Carolina to Schedule a Free Consultation Today
If you or your loved one has been injured or killed in a South Carolina motorcycle accident caused by negligence, our South Carolina personal injury and wrongful death lawyers want to help you pursue justice — starting with a free consultation. Contact our David W. Martin Accident & Injury Lawyers in York County today by calling (803) 548-2468 to learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the negligent driver liable for your complete recovery needs.
We provide free consultations for all personal injury cases in South Carolina, and never charge any legal fees unless we deliver a positive outcome for your unique case.