If You Ride, Wear A Helmet!

A two-vehicle crash on Highway 17 and Cypress Avenue this past weekend has left one person dead. Corporal Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said that the fatal crash happened at approximately 7:40 p.m. in Garden City when a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle was travelling northbound on Highway 17 and 2006 Mercury that was turning on to the highway from Cypress Avenue failed to yield.  The motorcyclist was forced to lay down his motorcycle.

Officials with the SCHP said that the two vehicles did not make contact during the accident.

Neither the motorcyclist nor his passenger was wearing helmets at the time of the accident.  Both the motorcyclist and his passenger were taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.  The passenger later died as a result of head trauma sustained in the crash.

Motorcyclists and their passengers are definitely more at risk than the drivers and passengers of other types of vehicles. Motorcycles are smaller and lighter than cars. Even though they are in many ways more maneuverable, motorcyclists are only on two or sometimes three wheels.  Those who ride on motorcycles also have far more exposure to the elements and other risks of the road.  Anyone involved in a motorcycle accident is far more likely to have an increased risk of fatalities or serious injuries than those who are in other types of motor vehicles.

You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve been involved in an accident. Medical costs, damages, increased insurance rates, funeral costs along with other legal and insurance concerns are best handled through the advice of a legal professional. At the Law Offices of Howell & Christmas, we will be there to help you after the accident.  Call us today for a free consultation and find out what your options are.

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