Category Archives: Motorcycle Accidents

Memorial Day Fatalities

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.


Motorcycle Deaths Increasing

Here comes summer, and here come the bikers.  This time of year, all motorists should be on the look out for extra traffic, especially the two-wheeled type: motorcycles.  In 2012, it was estimated that nearly 5,000 motorcyclists were killed on roads across the United States.  This number has increased by 9% since data was obtained in 2011.

All over the country, nicer weather means an increase in motorcycle riders and and riding days.  Reports indicate that “motorcyclist deaths increased in 34 states last year, decreased in 16 states and remained the same in the District of Columbia. Increases were seen in every region of the country and were quite high in many states. For example, motorcyclist deaths rose 32 percent in Oregon and 29 percent in Indiana.”  Unfortunately, many states have no laws which require riders to wear helmets.  In fact, 19 states in the U.S. do not have these laws.  This is surprising due to the fact that, according to the CDC, when an state repeals a universal helmet law, motorcycle deaths and injuries increase.  In addition to that, it is known that un-helmeted riders are 40% more likely to die from a head injury than someone wearing a helmet.

States should consider identifying ways to prevent injury and death and rigorously check what works and what does not work. 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 economy even plays a role here.  With improvements in the economy, people have more disposable income to purchase and ride motorcycles.  Also, with high gas prices, more people are choosing to purchase motorcycles because they are more fuel-efficient than automobiles.

These facts should be viewed as an important reminder that something must be done to move the motorcycle fatality trend in the other direction.  There is currently no sign of any progress to decrease the number of motorcycle deaths each year in this country.

It is also important to remember that there are ways of reducing the occurrence of motorcycle deaths, including: increasing helmet use; reducing speeding and impaired riding; providing rider training to all who need or want it; ensuring proper licensing of riders; and encouraging all drivers to share the road with motorcyclists.

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 attorney in their area to assist with medical bills and filing a lawsuit.

If you or someone you know would like to file an injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit, you will need to speak with a good personal injury attorney in your area. 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.


Myrtle Beach Motorcycle Accident

Thursday night, David Walsh of Myrtle Beach decided to test drive a motorcycle at Dunes Cycles. Walsh drove the motorcycle from the parking lot of the business and crossed Highway 707. He then hit a ditch and a tree. The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. and Walsh was pronounced dead at 7:50 p.m. He died from multiple traumas and the cause of the motorcycle crash is still under investigation and it is unclear whether he has retained a personal injury lawyer.

Motorcycles have always been synonymous with danger because of the alarming accident statistics that are connected with them. When motorcycles are involved in accidents with another vehicle, 77% are struck in the front and only 7% are struck from behind and approximately 47% of these accidents are fatal to the motorcyclist.

Half of motorcycle fatalities in single vehicle crashes are related to problems negotiating a curve prior to a crash. Almost 60% of fatal single vehicle crashes occur at night and 35% of the deceased motorcycle riders were speeding at the time. According to NHTSA’s statistics of 25% for motorcycles, 19% for cars, and 18% for trucks; motorcycles are substantially more likely than other vehicles to be involved in a fatal accident involving a stationary object, such as a lamp post, wall, or other barrier.

If you or someone you know would like to file an injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit, you will need to speak with a good personal injury lawyer in your area. 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 are ready to speak with you about your case if you have a Myrtle Beach Motorcycle Accident.


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