Riding a motorcycle can be a fun and exhilarating experience, but it is also important to be aware of the risks involved. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than people in passenger cars.
With over 115,000 people registered to ride motorcycles in the state, according to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) in 2019, both riders and drivers need to be aware of the dangers on the road.
How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in South Carolina?
Unfortunately, motorcycle crashes are quite common in South Carolina. According to the South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book:
- Of 964 traffic fatalities in 2020, motorcycle fatalities accounted for 116.
- There were 1,851 motorcycle collisions in the state.
- 110 of the collisions involved fatalities with 116 total deaths.
- 1,358 accidents included injuries.
- 338 people were seriously injured, while 1,230 suffered non-fatal injuries.
- 383 people were pronounced dead on the scene.
When Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen in South Carolina?
According to the fact book:
- July was the most dangerous month for motorcyclists, with 220 accidents. However, August was the most deadly, with 17 fatalities.
- January was the safest month for motorcyclists in 2020, with only 82 accidents and two deaths.
- Saturdays were the most dangerous day for total motorcycle accidents (410), injury accidents (310), and 23 total deaths. Sunday followed behind with 343 total collisions and 248 injury accidents, but higher deaths at 26.
- Tuesday was the safest day for motorcycle riders, with only 172 accidents and 133 injury accidents.
- The most fatal accidents (28) occurred between 6:01 pm – 9:00 pm.
- The most total accidents happened between 3:01 pm – 6:00 pm. (475)
- The least amount of accidents occurred between 3:01 am – 6:00 am. (46)
Negligent drivers are on the road at all times. However, if you are a motorcycle rider in South Carolina, it is important to be aware of these numbers and be extra vigilant during these days and times.
Other Important South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Statistics
One of the worst injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident is traumatic brain injury (TBI.) Traumatic brain injury is also the leading cause of death for bikers. Although South Carolina law requires riders under 21 to wear helmets, of the 116 motorcycle fatalities in 2020, 43% of riders were not wearing helmets.
Other important statistics include:
- Alcohol was involved in 33% of fatal crashes.
- The most South Carolina motorcycle accidents in 2020 occurred on secondary roads, with 615 crashes. Secondary roads also saw the most deaths (35) and injury accidents (462).
- Out of 2,061 occupants, males accounted for 1,765 while females accounted for 235 accidents. 61 were unknown.
- 383 accidents involved property damage.
Motorcycle Safety Tips for South Carolina Motorcycle Riders
Here are some important tips South Carolina riders should follow to stay safe on the roads.
- Wear a DOT-compliant helmet
- Be visible- wear reflective gear and use your headlights
- Obey the speed limit and ride within your abilities
- Never ride impaired by drugs or alcohol
Contact the South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys at The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor Today
The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor can help you obtain compensation for your injuries and other losses after a motorcycle crash in South Carolina. Our firm has experience assisting motorists in negotiating with the insurance company and getting them the compensation they deserve. Jason Taylor is a motorcycle rider and an experienced South Carolina motorcycle accident attorney. He understands you, your injuries, and the laws that protect your rights.