Two motorcyclists died in separate crashes over Easter weekend in what appears to be one of the deadliest days for motor vehicle crashes in recent history for Horry County, reports The Sun News. The final topic in our three-part spring safe driving series is the dangers and high risk of motorcycle accidents in the Carolinas this time of year.
In the first crash the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed before losing control when going around a slight bend. He was thrown from the bike. The second motorcycle crash involved a driver riding with his family when he suddenly lost control of the motorcycle and hit the median. He was wearing a helmet but died from chest trauma shortly after arriving at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.
Personal injury lawyers in Anderson and elsewhere throughout the state see a growing number of cases involving motorcyclists who don’t wear a helmet. These accidents often lead to severe head trauma, paralysis, internal injuries and sometimes fatality at the scene of the accident. No amount of experience or training that you have riding a motorcycle can prevent you from being in a crash with an inattentive driver.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 108 motorcyclist fatalities in South Carolina in 2009. From 2005 to 2009 in South Carolina, over 115 motorcyclists died each year on average; a high percentage of these deaths are motorcyclists who were unhelmeted.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that South Carolina law only requires those riders ages 20 and under to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle or low-power cycle.
Motorists who want to avoid a crash with a motorcycle are reminded of the following safety tips:
-Look over your shoulder when making turns or changing lanes. Motorcycles often travel in your blind spots and are difficult to see so turning your head is the only way to assure it is safe to change positions on the road.
-Never rely on sound to determine the location of a motorcycle. The loud engine is deceiving and most motorcycles that you hear are already in front of you since their engine or tailpipe leads to the back of the bike.
-Don’t assume that motorcyclists always travel in groups even though this is common with bike enthusiasts or motorcycle organizations. Many motorists rely on a motorcycle to commute to and from work so they ride solo.
Motorcyclists can reduce the chance of severe head trauma or brain injury by always wearing a helmet. Conducting routine safety checks on your bike, maintaining safe travel speeds, and refraining from aggressive driving can also reduce the risk of serious or fatal injuries when involved in a crash with a motor vehicle.
If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle or car accident in North or South Carolina, contact the accident attorneys at the Lee & Smith, P.A. Call 1-800-887-1965 to make a free and confidential appointment today.