South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Proves Fatal

According to a recent article from News 12, a woman was killed in motorcycle crash in McCormick County, South Carolina. Authorities say the 43-year-old victim died on a Sunday afternoon when her motorcycle hit a guardrail, causing her to be thrown from the bike.

motorcycle-helmet-prop-369702-m.jpgWitnesses to the fatal motorcycle accident called 911 and first responders were dispatched to the scene of the crash. Prior to emergency personnel arriving on the accident scene, bystanders attempted to perform CPR but were unsuccessful. When emergency personnel arrived at the vehicle crash scene, they attempted to provide immediate medical attention to victim but found she was unresponsive after they attempted to perform CPR. She was later declared dead at the scene before being transported to the county coroner.

Authorities have also released information victim was driving a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle at the time of the accident, and it is not known if she was wearing a helmet. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but the county coroner was able to obtain victim’s identity, and they have been attempting to get in touch with family members before releasing her name to the general public.

Our Spartanburg, South Carolina motorcycle accident attorneys are always deeply saddened to see this outcome. We would also like to take this opportunity to urge all motorcycle riders to always wear a helmet, as there have been extensive studies conducted that show that wearing a helmet seriously reduces the chance of suffering a serious or fatal head injury.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS-HLDI) commissioned some of this research. According to a statistical analysis of helmet safety in motorcycle crashes, helmets are more than 36 percent effective in preventing deaths in motorcycle accidents and are nearly 70 percent effective in preventing a traumatic brain injury in non-lethal accidents. Some who do not approve of mandatory helmet laws will argue there is still a very high risk of dying or suffering a serious head injury in motorcycle accidents, even when wearing a helmet. However, those roughly 36 percent of accident victims who managed to survive a serious crash, and the nearly 70 percent of motorcycle accident victims who managed to avoid a traumatic brain injury (TBI) would likely take a more favorable view of these statistics.

Research also suggests that, fortunately, more motorcycle riders are getting this important safety message, as motorcycle deaths have been steadily declining since the 1980s, which seems to coincide with more and more states imposing mandatory helmet laws for motorcycle riders and passengers. It should be noted, there was a universal helmet law in all states in the nation under a federal attempt to implement the law by withholding highway funding to states that did not elect to enact such a law, similar to the national driving age of 21. However, this federal law was repealed, and, in 1980, the state of South Carolina repealed its mandatory helmet law for any rider over the age of 21.

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UPDATE| EMS releases identity of motorcyclist killed on Highway 28, May 18, 2015, News 12

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