Just how dangerous are South Carolina’s roads for motorcyclists?
As of July 4 in 2023 – not quite halfway through the year – 489 people were killed on SC highways, and 54 of those fatalities involved a motorcycle, according to the SC Department of Public Safety.
Although we compile media reports on crashes on our blog, we are only scratching the surface of motorcycle crashes across the state that include both the tragic and often avoidable deaths of motorcyclists and the thousands of injuries that result from motorcycle crashes each year.
Whether the crash resulted in serious injuries that have affected your life or the tragic death of your loved one, attorney Dan Boles is a third-generation rider who understands and who is committed to helping motorcycle crash victims recover the maximum compensation they are entitled to receive under SC law when a reckless driver causes a motorcycle crash.
Look twice, save a life – a moment’s distraction is negligence that may cost another person their life.
If you are riding, be safe out there and call us if you need us.
Motorcycle Crash in Woodruff, SC
A 19-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a motorcycle crash in Woodruff last month:
WOODRUFF, S.C. (FOX Carolina) – The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office said one person has died following a crash in Woodruff on Thursday.
Officials said the crash involving a motorcycle and a car happened around 7:35 p.m. near Woodruff Street and McArthur Street.
The coroner identified the victim as 19-year-old Trenton Kolby Goode.
Motorcycle Crash in Greer, SC
A 25-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a motorcycle crash in Greer, SC, last month:
GREER, S.C. (FOX Carolina) – The Greer Police Department said one person is dead following a motorcycle crash on Friday night.
Police said the crash happened at 7:45 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 101 and I-85.
According to police, a Chevrolet pickup was traveling south on Highway 101 while a 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle was traveling north. Officials said the pickup was making a left turn into a gas station when it collided with the motorcycle.
Officials said witnesses stated the motorcycle appeared to be traveling at an excessive speed.
The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 25-year-old Jonathan Roger Cash.
Three-Vehicle Crash with Eighteen-Wheeler and Motorcycle in Sumter, SC
A motorcyclist was killed after colliding with an eighteen-wheeler and a third vehicle in Sumter, SC, last month:
A Midlands man died a week after being involved in a crash where a motorcycle collided with an 18-wheel tractor-trailer before hitting another vehicle, the Sumter County Coroner’s Office said Monday night.
Billy Prosser, a 55-year-old Sumter resident, died Sunday at Prisma Health Richland hospital, Coroner Robbie Baker said in a news release.
On June 10, Prosser was involved in a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of U.S. 521/Camden Highway and South Pike West, according to the release. That’s between U.S. 76 and Broad Street, near the Sumter Mall.
At about 3 p.m., Prosser was driving a motorcycle on Camden Highway when he collided with an 18-wheel truck that was turning on to South Pike West, Baker said. Prosser then hit a second vehicle that was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection, according to the release.
Motorcycle Crash in Cross, SC
A motorcyclist was killed after running off the road on Hwy 311 in Cross, SC:
CROSS, S.C. (WCSC) – The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who died in a motorcycle accident Friday night.
Ross Sellers, 46, of Cross, was killed in the crash.
It happened on SC Highway 311 in the town of Cross around 8:45 p.m., Master Trooper Brandon Bolt said.
Sellers, who was the sole occupant, was traveling east on SC Highway 311 when they went off the right side of the road into a ditch.
Motorcycle Crash in Laurens County, SC
A motorcyclist was killed when, according to media reports, a freightliner box truck turned left onto a private driveway in front of him last month:
LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash involving a motorcyclist on Saturday.
Troopers said the driver of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided with a freightliner box truck turning left into a private drive on South Frontage Road near Gantt Trail around 4 p.m.
The driver of the motorcycle was killed. A passenger was transported to the hospital.
The driver of the motorcycle was identified as 62-year-old Michael McKinney Jr. from Gray Court.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation by Highway Patrol.
Motorcycle Crash in Kershaw County, SC
A 27-year-old man was killed this weekend in Kershaw County, SC, when his motorcycle collided with a tree:
A Midlands man was killed Saturday evening when a motorcycle crashed into a tree, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Austin William Russell Outlaw, a 27-year-old Camden resident, died at the scene Kershaw County Coroner David West said Sunday.
The single-vehicle collision happened at about 6 p.m. in Kershaw County, said Master Trooper Brandon Bolt of the Highway Patrol.
Motorcycle Crash in West Columbia, SC
A motorcyclist crashed and was killed while entering the on-ramp of I-26 in West Columbia, SC, last month:
A Midlands man was killed Monday in a motorcycle crash on a major highway, according to the Lexington County Coroner’s Office.
James M. Rials, a 63-year-old Gaston resident, died in the accident, Coroner Margaret Fisher said in a news release.
The single-vehicle collision happened at about 7 a.m. in West Columbia, according to the release.
Rials was driving a motorcycle west on Augusta Road and was entering the on ramp of Interstate 26 at Exit 111 when he lost control of the vehicle, Fisher said.
Rials, who was not wearing a helmet, crashed and died at the scene, according to the release.
Motorcycle Crash in Pawleys Island, SC
A motorcyclist was killed in Pawleys Island, SC (Georgetown County) last month when he collided with a car at the intersection of Martin Luther King Road and Parkersville Road:
GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) – The Georgetown County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the Pawleys Island man killed Sunday in a crash.
Bernard Sherman, 53, died Sunday at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, Coroner Chase Ridgeway said.
The crash happened at the intersection of Martin Luther King Road and Parkersville Road and involved a 1999 Honda motorcycle that was traveling east and a 2021 Kia sedan traveling west, both on Martin Luther King Road, Lance Cpl. Nick Pye said.
Troopers say Sherman was attempting to turn left onto Parkersville Road when his motorcycle and the car collided.
The driver of the sedan was not hurt, Pye said.
Motorcycle Crash in Columbia, SC
A motorcyclist was killed last month in Columbia, SC, after colliding with a pickup truck on Garners Ferry Road:
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A motorcyclist is dead after a collision that happened on Wednesday, June 15.
According to Master Trooper M.R. Ridgeway with the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) the accident happened Wednesday afternoon when a pickup truck was leaving a private driveway and entered onto eastbound Garners Ferry road.
The motorcyclist was traveling west on Garners Ferry Road when it hit the pickup truck, say troopers, causing the cyclist to crash.
The driver of the motorcycle, from Eastover, was transported to Prisma Health where they died later that night.
Motorcycle Crash Lawyers in Charleston, SC, Greenville, Walhalla, and Walterboro, 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.