Tragic Early Morning Crash Kills Moped Rider in Spartanburg County, South Carolina
SPARTANBURG, SC- Wspa.com writes that an early morning collision killed a moped rider in Spartanburg County. The incident took place on New Cut Road close to Interstate 85 Business.*
Police reports indicate that the moped crashed into a 1998 Jeep as the larger vehicle turned onto New Cut Road off Brisick Road. The man on the moped was ejected in the crash and died at the scene. Reports indicate that the victim was not wearing a helmet.
Helmets are the most important piece of safety equipment a motorcyclist or person riding a moped can wear. Using a helmet greatly reduces the risk of death, and also lowers the chances of the rider experiencing a traumatic brain injury. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), riders who wear helmets are 37 percent less likely to suffer fatal injuries in a wreck. Riders who fail to use a helmet face three times the risk of a traumatic brain injury as compared to those who wear a one.
The IIHS writes that two-wheeled vehicles are by their very nature less safe than cars. Motorcycles require the rider to use balance as they lack the stability of automobiles. Motorcycles are smaller than cars and are therefore less likely to be seen on the roadway by other motorists. When mileage is accounted for, motorcyclists are about 28 times as likely to die in a crash than are people in passenger vehicles.
In the future, crash avoidance technology that is being used in cars may help lower the number of collisions between cars and motorcycles. The systems will have to be programmed to detect two-wheeled vehicles.
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