In September and October 2022, there have been numerous deadly motorcycle crashes across the state, including fatalities that were caused by negligent drivers of other vehicles.
Some crashes may have been no one’s fault – one man was killed after a collision with a deer in Lexington County, for example. Other motorcycle crashes may have been caused by negligent drivers, however, including collisions when the other vehicle crossed the center line or made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist.
Please, “look twice, save a life,” and remember that you are sharing the road with motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians who are vulnerable in a collision with your truck or automobile – your negligence can mean the end of a person’s life, the loss of a child’s mother or father, and irreversible devastation to a family.
Motorcycle Crash in Orangeburg, SC
One person was killed and two others injured in a motorcycle crash in Orangeburg, SC last week:
ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol says one person was killed and two others were injured in a Wednesday afternoon crash.
It happened on US 176 near Big Oaks Drive around 5:45 p.m.
A 2015 Buick SUV traveling east and a 2015 Harley Davidson Motorcycle going west collided, according to LCpl. Tyler Tidwell. The rider and passenger of the motorcycle were ejected.
After being ejected, the rider was hit by a 2012 Honda Motorcycle, Tidwell said.
The rider of the Harley Davidson died, and the passenger was taken to the hospital. The passenger of the Honda was also taken to the hospital.
Shots Fired at Dirt Bike Rider in North Charleston
A juvenile suspect fired shots at a person riding their dirt bike on Dorsey Avenue in North Charleston, but no one was injured:
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C (WCIV) — On Friday, August 26, NCPD reported that a victim riding their dirt bike down Dorsey Avenue was shot at. No injury was reported.
Police said the suspect was riding a bike when they rode it into a ditch and began to shoot at the victim.
Motorcycle Collision and Death in Florence, SC
A motorcyclist from New Jersey was killed in Florence, SC, after a collision with a car at an intersection:
FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — A motorcycle driver from New Jersey was killed Saturday evening in Florence after his bike and a car collided at a city intersection, authorities said.
Joshua Kingston, 26, of Brick, New Jersey, died in the crash, Coroner Keith von Lutcken said Monday morning.
According to Florence police, the crash happened at about 7:20 p.m. at the intersection of Palmetto Street and Bentree Lane after the drivers of both vehicles “disregarded the traffic signal and entered the intersection after the light turned red.”
Motorcycle Crashes in Berkeley County
A motorcyclist was killed last week and a second motorcyclist was injured when a pickup truck reportedly crossed the center line and hit one of the motorcycles:
BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) – The Berkeley County Coroner says a Summerville man died Saturday at the scene of a crash involving a pickup truck.
Anthony Sperduto, 23, died at the scene of the crash on Highway 6 on Saturday, Chief Deputy Coroner Darnell Hartwell said.
The crash happened at 2:15 p.m. near the Hatchery Boat Ramp, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol LCpl. Tyler Tidwell said.
A second motorcyclist was injured in the crash, Tidwell said.
Troopers say two Honda Motorcycles were traveling on SC 6 when a Chevy pickup truck crossed the center line and hit one of the motorcycles. The motorcycle then went by a Chevy Impala and grazed the front of the vehicle.
Another motorcyclist was killed late last month after a collision with a vehicle in Berkeley County:
BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a Wednesday crash that left one person dead.
It happened on SC 179 around 12:20 p.m. near the Beaufort area.
A 2022 Dodge Charger sedan was traveling west and attempted to turn left onto Callawassie Drive. The sedan was then hit by a 2018 Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling east, according to Master Trooper James Miller.
The rider of the motorcyclist was killed, Miller said.
Motorcycle Collision in Horry County, SC
Two motorcycles collided late last month on Highway 17 just south of Surfside Beach, SC, killing one of the passengers and injuring three others:
CONWAY — A motorcycle passenger died when two bikes collided Sept. 25 on US Highway 17B south of Surfside.
The two motorcycles were heading north on the highway around 9:40 p.m. about two miles south of Surfside when a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by a 49-year-old man, struck the rear of another motorcycle, according to a report from the SC Highway Patrol.
Both riders and passengers from each motorcycle were ejected. The driver of the Harley Davidson and his passenger, a 40-year-old woman, as well as the driver of the second motorcycle, a 51-year-old man, were taken by EMS to a hospital.
The passenger of the motorcycle which was struck was killed in the accident, Master Trooper Brandon Bolt reported.
Motorcycle Fatality in Lexington County
A motorcyclist was killed late last month after striking a deer on St. Matthews Road in Lexington County, SC:
LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) – The Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victim of a recent motorcycle accident on St. Matthews Road.
The incident occurred on Sunday, Sept. 18 around 8:30 p.m.
According to Coroner Fisher, Charles William Lutz, 50, of St. Matthews was traveling eastbound on St Matthews Road when he struck a deer.
Lutz was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead due to his injuries.
Motorcyclist Killed in Anderson County
Another motorcyclist was killed last month when a car reportedly turned in front of the motorcycle on South McDuffie Street Extension in Anderson County, SC:
ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – One person died in a motorcycle crash Friday night in Anderson County.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash happened around 8:50 p.m. on South McDuffie Street Extension.
Troopers said a motorcyclist was traveling north when a vehicle going in the opposite direction made a turn in front of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist hit the car and was ejected from their vehicle.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.
The Anderson County Coroner’s Office identified the motorcyclist as 65-year-old Frederick Arthur Patterson, of Townville.
How can a motorcycle crash victim or their family get full and fair compensation from the responsible parties?
Depending on the facts of the case and who was liable for the crash, a victim or their family may be able to sue for damages including wrongful death if:
- One or more other drivers were at least 50% responsible for the collision,
- The victim was a passenger in a crash caused by the driver of the motorcycle or another vehicle’s driver,
- Third parties – for example, a roadside business, resident, or municipality – were liable for the crash, or
- In a single-motorcycle crash, the driver has uninsured/underinsured or PIP/MedPay coverage from which they can collect damages, including stacking multiple policies.
Motorcycle Crash Lawyers in Charleston, SC
Charleston motorcycle crash lawyer Dan Boles devotes a significant amount of his time to helping injured motorcyclists and has the experience that you need to investigate your motorcycle crash, negotiate with difficult insurance carriers, and try your case to a jury if you aren’t paid the full and fair value of your claim.
Call us at 843-576-5775 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation at our North Charleston or Walterboro offices or send us a message through our website.