Motorcycle Accident in Tri-County Area in Charleston County, South Carolina
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. — A serious accident between a motorcycle and a motor vehicle occurred in Charleston County Thursday evening around 9:00 p.m. The extent of the injuries to the motorbike rider is not known at this time. According to a report filed by Live 5 News, first responders requested a medical helicopter to transport the downed rider. First responders from the Awendaw McClellanville Fire District responded to the scene located on Highway 17 between Seven Mile Road and South Santee Road. There is no update available on the condition of the rider nor how the crash happened. The incident remains under investigation with local authorities. *
Many motorcycle riders know that South Carolina is one of the most dangerous places to ride in the United States. The death toll on South Carolina roads is the highest among southeastern states. In 2016, there were 135 motorcycle deaths recorded in the state. The number was the highest in the previous 16 years. Additionally, the average rate of motorcycle deaths in South Carolina is the second-highest in the Southeast. Only Mississippi has a higher average death rate from motorcycle crashes in the Southeast. Those numbers are slightly misleading, however. Mississippi has the lowest number of motorcycles registered out of any state in the region.
The motorcycle deaths in South Carolina are not attributable to one reason exclusively. Motorcycle riders in South Carolina believe that inattentive drivers, inexperienced motorcycle riders, and roads in poor condition all figure into the death toll.
Other believe that South Carolina’s helmet law plays a pertinent role as well. In South Carolina, riders 20 and younger must wear a certified motorcycle helmet. Riders 21 and older have the choice to wear a helmet. Certainly, there is no way to predict whether a rider might survive a crash solely because of wearing a helmet because many factors contribute to a fatality. Notwithstanding, the statistics show that almost 75% of all fatal motorcycle accidents occur when riders do not wear helmets.
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