There were motorcycle crashes across South Carolina last month, including wrecks in Anderson, SC, and wrecks in and around the Charleston area including Johns Island, James Island, and Cottageville, SC.
Although some motorcycle crashes are caused by the bikers’ negligence, or, as in one of the cases below, a medical emergency, other avoidable crashes are caused by negligent, careless motorists who are not keeping a proper lookout for motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians on the road.
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.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Anderson, SC
A motorcyclist in Anderson, SC laid his bike down while trying to avoid another vehicle, but then was thrown under the vehicle and was killed:
ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. —
An Upstate man died following a motorcycle accident Monday night in Anderson County, according to Coroner Greg Shore with Anderson County Coroner’s Office.
The accident happened around 6 p.m. on East Greer Street near Black Street in Honea Path, Shore said.
According to Shore, while attempting to avoid impact with another vehicle, it appears the driver of the motorcycle laid his bike down and was thrown under the vehicle resulting in the vehicle running over him.
He was taken transported to AnMed in Anderson, where he succumbed to his injuries around 6:53 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the hospital, Shore said.
The victim has been identified as Austin Andrew Dalantinow, 36, of Honea Path.
According to Shore, Dalantinow died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries secondary to blunt force trauma.
The investigation is ongoing by the Anderson County Office of the Coroner and the Honea Path Police Department.
There is insufficient information in the media report to say for sure who was at fault in the crash. If the other vehicle caused the situation that led to the motorcyclist attempting to avoid impact and laying down his bike, however, then that vehicle’s driver is responsible to the motorcyclist’s family for the wrongful death and possibly punitive damages.
Motorcycle Crash on James Island Connector
There was a “serious crash involving a motorcycle” on the James Island Connector last month, but few details about what happened or the resulting injuries:
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Emergency crews responded to what they called a serious crash involving a motorcycle on the James Island Connector Thursday morning.
Officials with the Charleston Police Department said the collision happened on the northbound lanes of SC 30 coming into the downtown area but did not provide many details about the crash.
Traffic was down to one lane while first responders worked to clear the scene. The James Island Connector later reopened to traffic around 10:56 a.m.
Motorcycle Crash in Cottageville, SC
A motorcyclist was flown to a trauma center in North Charleston after a crash in Cottageville, SC, that may have been caused by a medical emergency:
An adult male was flown to a trauma center following a motorcycle accident in the 12000 block of Cottageville Hwy. (US Hwy 17-A) north of the Town of Cottageville, Thursday, Jan. 5 at approximately 11:59 a.m.
Witnesses advised it appeared the man suffered a medical emergency prior to the crash. The three wheeled motorcycle overturned in a ditch. Firefighter-Paramedics treated the man at the scene for both a medical and traumatic condition, then transported him in Fire-Rescue Medic 9 to the field in front of Cottageville Elementary School to meet with the CARE Flight helicopter.
He was transferred to the Flight Crew, then flown to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the motor vehicular crash (MVC).
If the medical emergency was the cause of the motorcycle crash and no other vehicles were involved, the motorcyclist might still be able to collect damages from his uninsured motorist (UM) policy and may be able to stack multiple policies if his damages exceed the policy limits.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Johns Island in Charleston County, SC
There was also a fatal motorcycle crash on Johns Island on Monday in what appears to be a single-motorcycle collision:
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — The Charleston County Coroner identified the victim off an early-Monday-morning crash on Johns Island that left a motorcyclist dead.
Zane Taylor, 26, of Charleston, died around 1:19 a.m. while on scene at the 3300 block of Old Pond Road.
The coroner said he died due to injuries sustained in a single motorcycle collision.
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Old Pond Road at approximately 12:45 a.m. for reports that a motorcyclist was speeding in the area, according to CCSO. Not long after, a caller reported saying that a motorcycle crashed on Old Pond Road near Joyner Road.
Motorcycle Collision Attorneys in Charleston, SC
The motorcycle crash lawyers at the Boles Law Firm can help you investigate your crash, gather the evidence you will need in court, negotiate with the insurance companies, and recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to for your injuries under the facts of your case and SC law.
Call us at 843-576-5775 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation at our North Charleston, Walterboro, Greenville, or Walhalla offices, or send us a message through our website.