Carolina Motorcycle Accidents Surge in Summer Months

Hundreds of mourners gathered recently to honor the lives of a beloved Anderson pastor and his wife, who died 12 days apart following a motorcycle accident in Greenville during a, “Look Twice, Save a Life” motorcycle safety event last month.motorcycle5

May was motorcycle awareness month nationally, and it was off to a rocky start in the Carolinas, where numerous motorcycle crashes have been reported in both states the last several weeks. Summertime in particular is perilous for riders and operators, partially because of increased traffic congestion and also because drivers simply don’t see them.

Summer is also peak travel season for motorcyclists, and most are anxious to make the most of each mile. By far, the majority of motorcycle accidents occur in June, July and August. The top five days of the year with the highest number of motorcycle accidents nationally: All Saturdays, all in the summer. In fact, according to, there are 78 percent more motorcycle accident claims filed in July than in any other month.

The most common type of motorcycle accident claim is for a single-vehicle crash. However, it’s worth noting these crashes could include situations in which the operator was forced to lay down the bike or swerve or over-correct due to the reckless actions of other motorists – even though they didn’t actually make contact with the motorcycle.

Many times, we will see cases in which passengers will file claims against the operator for negligence. If the operator was impaired, we may want to explore a dram shop case against any liquor-licensed establishments that may have illegally served or over-served the operator.

Alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor in the case of the Anderson pastor and his wife. The pair were reportedly traveling on S.C. 418 in Greenville County when their 2000 Harley-Davidson veered off the right side of the road and careened into a guardrail. Both were ejected from the motorcycle. Although both were wearing helmets, the 44-year-old wife died the same day as the accident. Her husband, 55, died nearly two weeks later at Greenville Memorial Hospital. The couple, who had two younger children still living at home with them, were just days away from celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.

It’s not clear what caused the pastor, who was operating the motorcycle to lose control.

His funeral processing was packed with parishioners on motorcycles, and the inside of the casket bore the image of a motorcycle.

Another recent motorcycle crash in Davidson County, NC resulted in the death of a 21-year-old Winston-Salem man. Officials say the two motorcycles were traveling southbound on N.C. 109 when one of them crossed the center line and struck a vehicle head-on. The second motorcycle was struck by the first. It’s not clear which bike the 21-year-old victim was on.

In Charlotte, officials were searching for the man who struck a 41-year-old motorcyclist from Kannapolis on Interstate 85 around 4 a.m. Investigators say the victim and his fiancee were returning from a night with friends when the back tire of his bike blew out. Both occupants were ejected from the bike. Seconds later, a sport utility vehicle ran over the operator, which caused his fatal injuries. The SUV driver, while not necessarily at-fault for the accident, failed to stop at the scene.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2013.

Contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:

Hundreds gather to mourn Anderson pastor killed in motorcycle wreck, May 24, 2016, By Nikie Mayo, The Independent Mail

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Greenville Car Accident Kills ECU Student, May 19, 2016, Anderson Motorcycle Accident Attorney Blog

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