Motorcycle and Car Collide in Tragic Accident on Pawleys Island, South Carolina (SC)
PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC- Myrtlebeachonline.com writes that a crash on Pawleys Island left one person dead this week. The victim was riding on a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle and heading north on US Highway 17 in the late morning. A 2020 BMW was attempting to make a left turn off of the highway onto Pawleys Plantation at the time. The impact killed the motorcyclist.*
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is carrying out the investigation into the wreck. Officials have not released the name of the victim.
Left turning cars are one of the biggest threats that motorcyclists face on the road. Drivers frequently fail to see motorcyclists on the roadway, and the results can be deadly. When a driver is waiting to turn left, they may overlook smaller motorcycles and begin their turn right into the path of the motorcycle.
When it comes to avoiding these collisions, motorcyclists have to be extremely cautious and ready to slow down. Motorcycle safety experts say that cars that are waiting to make left turns should be perceived as a threat to your life when you are on a motorcycle. Looking at the vehicle's wheels is a good idea as it serves as the earliest indication that the driver is about to move.
If the driver begins their turn, the best and possibly only option for the biker is to slow their speed as much as they are able. While this may not even avoid the crash completely, dropping the speed of impact by ten or twenty miles per hour may mean the difference between a rider being injured, and a rider being killed.
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