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Florence Man Sustains Fatal Injuries in Marion County Motorcycle Accident

August 15, 2019

MARION COUNTY, SC – As reported in an online news article published by, a 45-year-old Florence man was killed in a late-night/early-morning motorcycle accident.*

According to the Marion County Coroner, a 45-year-old Florence man suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident that happened in the early morning hours.  The motorcyclist, who was traveling from Horry County to Marion County, allegedly struck a guardrail on Highway 501.  The Marion County Coroner states that the 45-year-old motorcyclist died on impact with the guardrail.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol closed portions of Highway 501 to investigate the accident, but the highway has since reopened.

South Carolina is Considered One of the Most Dangerous States for Motorcyclists

According to the Post and Courier, there was a total of 135 motorcycle fatalities in South Carolina in 2018, the most motorcycle fatalities the state has seen during one year this century.  Many motorcyclists blame the high number of fatalities on inattentive drivers, poor roads, and inexperienced motorcyclists. 

From 2010 to 2015, South Carolina’s motorcycle fatality rate was second among Southeast states, coming behind Mississippi, a state that has the least number of registered motorcyclists in the region.

Currently, motorcyclists in South Carolina disagree on whether helmets should be required.  In South Carolina, helmets are only required for motorcyclists aged 20 and younger.  Over the past decade, approximately three-quarters of all motorcyclists who sustained fatal injuries were not wearing helmets. 

Do Motorcycle Helmets Save Lives?

Whether helmets will help to prevent motorcycle fatalities remains to be seen.  While helmets may help to minimize the severity of motorcycle accident injuries, they do not stop such accidents from happening in the first place.  Many states require all motorcyclists to wear helmets, while others consider helmets as optional.  

The only way to determine whether helmets will save lives in the event of a motorcycle accident is to require all motorcyclists to wear helmets.  Then, data on any motorcycle accidents will reveal how the numbers fare out when more motorcyclists are wearing helmets.

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