According to Myrtle Beach Online, a 46-year-old-man died when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a barrier on S.C. Highway 31. He was a retired Myrtle Beach police officer. He was reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time. He is said to have died of his injuries at the scene of the accident.
This was not the only motorcycle fatality in the state this past weekend. Myrtle Beach Online reports four other motorcyclists were killed between Friday and Sunday on Palmetto State roads.
These tragedies have a life-altering impact on victims’ families. As always, condolences should be extended to the people experiencing these sudden and devastating losses. Regardless of fault in a fatal accident, they create sorrow and grief in the lives of those affected.
Unfortunately these crashes are not uncommon. Last year, WLTX19 reported motorcycle deaths were up 50 percent in South Carolina. It’s vital for motorists and motorcycle riders to exercise basic caution to prevent wrecks. South Carolina is not only a beautiful state to ride, we also have several bike events throughout the year, including Myrtle Beach Bike Week, which is a motorcycle rally taking place May 12-21 this year.
As a motorcycle rider, here are a few things you can do to protect yourself:
- Whenever possible, increase your following distance. Motorists may not see you if you are following too closely.
- Complete a motorcycle training or safety course, if you haven’t already.
- Always look twice before changing lanes or turning in an intersection.
- Do not assume someone making a left turn sees you. A lot of accidents happen when a vehicle makes a left in front of a motorcycle.
These measures may help you avoid a crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina, the experienced lawyers at Whetstone Perkins & Fulda are ready to stand at your side. We fight to maximize compensation for our clients, and we do not stop fighting until the best possible outcome has been reached. For a free case review, please contact us today.