12 people were killed on roadways in South Carolina over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Out of those, 6 fatalities happened in Horry County, South Carolina and all involved motorcycles. Myrtle Beach police continue to investigate at least two of the crashes. According to the department of public safety, more motorcyclists were killed during this year’s holiay weekend than the past two years. In Georgetown County during the same period, there has been one person killed this year, five in 2012; one in 2011; and two in 2010.
The first fatality happened on Thursday when one motorcyclist from Lumberton was traveling on 501 in Myrtle Beach when a van failed to yield the right-of-way and turned in front the motorcycle. Witnesses told police the rider of the bike struck the passenger side of the van. The van did not stop and continued south on Robert Grissom Parkway. The rider was wearing a helmet, which came off during the crash. Police are still looking for the van.
Next, onFriday evening in Myrtle Beach near 30th Avenue North, a couple died in a crash that happened when the man lost control of his motorcycle and crossed the center line, striking a southbound Volkswagen. The pair were not wearing helmets at the time.
Then, on Saturday, an 81-year-old Darlington man was filled when his motorcycle struck another vehicle. The man was wearing his helmet, however he did not survive the crash. On Sunday, a woman and man from Fayetteville, NC were pronounced dead at the scene of a crash on 29th Avenue North at Robert Grissom Parkway. The couple’s motorcycle crashed into an SUV that turned in front of them on Robert Grissom Parkway. That crash remains under investigation.
For motorcycle safety, the research shows that universal helmet laws are the most effective way to reduce the number of deaths and traumatic brain injuries that result from crashes. The city attempted to pass laws regarding helmet use while using motorcycles, but it was so unpopular that it was removed. Now, helmet use is only “suggested” by city officials instead of “required.”
Being injured in a motorcycle crash can be devastating to not only the victim, but everyone involved. Families of those injured or killed by a motorcycle crash should consult with an experienced South Carolina wrongful death attorney to assist with medical bills and filing a lawsuit.
If you or someone you know would like to file an injury or wrongful death lawsuit, you will need to speak with a Myrtle Beach wrongful death attorney. Call one of the experienced Myrtle Beach injury lawyers to schedule your free consultation. One of The Mace Firm’s Myrtle Beach personal injury attorneys is ready to speak with you about your case.