Collision Between Motorcycle and Dump Truck Kills Rider in Red Bank, South Carolina
RED BANK, S.C.— A collision between a dump truck and a motorcycle killed the motorcycle rider. The fatal motorcycle crash occurred in Lexington County just outside of Red Bank around 11:35 a.m. on a Thursday morning. According to WLTX, the crash scene was located on Two North Road near Red Bank and a short distance away from Interstate 20. The motorcycle rider was a 23-year-old man. Physicians at the hospital pronounced him deceased from his injuries shortly after arrival. South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers began an investigation. They said that the motorcycle rider did wear a helmet while riding. The investigators initially determined that the crash occurred when a vehicle turned left in front of the motorcycle, and the motorbike rider struck the car broadside. The driver did not suffer any injuries. The investigation continues. *
Motorcycle riders should be aware that South Carolina is one of, if not the, most dangerous state for riders. Bikers themselves, according to a report filed by News 13 WLOS, place the blame on inexperienced riders, roads that are in poor condition, and inattentive drivers. As evidence of the carnage on the roads left behind by motorcycle accidents, there were 135 motorcycle rider deaths in South Carolina during 2016. Among the southern U.S. states, only Mississippi has a higher fatality rate. Mississippi registered the lowest number of motorcycles in the south. The 135 deaths in 2016 were the highest in the 21stCentury in the state.
Motorcycle riders under 21 must wear a helmet while riding. Riders 21 and older may use their discretion whether they want to wear a helmet. However, wearing a certified helmet could help save lives. The statistics from South Carolina show that almost 75% of all motorcycle riders killed in 2016 did not have a helmet on when the accident happened. There is no way to discern whether wearing a helmet would have prevented any of those deaths. However, a motorcycle rider generally has a higher chance of surviving a crash if he or she dons a helmet.
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Source:https://www.wltx.com/article/news/local/1-dead-after-crash-between-motorcycle-dump-truck-in-lexington-county/101-1ea05c0e-2702-4a05-a8f4-f876ce7ad42b and https://wlos.com/news/local/sc-among-most-dangerous-states-for-motorcycle-deaths
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