South Carolina has America’s eighth-highest fatality rate for motorcyclists.
These aren’t just statistics – they are real people who are now gone forever due to someone’s negligence, whether it is their own inattention or a careless driver who wasn’t paying attention.
Below are the details of just some of the most recent deadly motorcycle crashes in our state, but this only scratches the surface of not just the deaths caused by negligent drivers, but the thousands of injuries suffered by motorcyclists every year on South Carolina’s highways.
Whether the crash resulted in serious injuries that have affected your life or the tragic death of a family member, 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.
SC has the Nation’s Eighth Highest Motorcycle Fatality Rate
According to a recent study, Most Dangerous States for Motorcycle Riders, published by QuoteWizard on July 24, 167 motorcycle riders were killed in 2021 in South Carolina — a fatality rate of 11.2 deaths per 10,000 registered motorcycle owners.
South Carolina also had the second-highest pedestrian fatality rate in 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Spartanburg
A motorcyclist was killed after colliding with a car in Spartanburg last month:
The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office has identified a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash in Spartanburg.
SCCO says they were called along with Spartanburg Police Department to East Main Street about a motorcycle vs. vehicle incident.
The coroner has identified the motorcyclist as Matthew John Hebert, 37, of Spartanburg.
According to the coroner, Hebert was not wearing a helmet during the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene around 8:20 p.m.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Cherokee County, SC
A motorcyclist was killed last month after a collision with an SUV on Quarter Round Road in Gaffney:
CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A motorcyclist was killed in a crash Thursday morning in Cherokee County.
According to the Cherokee County Coroner’s Office, the motorcycle was traveling east on Quarter Round Road when he T-boned a Ford Explorer on Highway 211 in Gaffney.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
The coroner’s office identified him as Steven Riley Peterson, 28, of Pacolet.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Anderson County, SC
A Motorcyclist was killed last month in a crash in Williamston, SC:
WILLIAMSTON, S.C. (FOX Carolina) – The Anderson County Coroner’s Office said one person is dead after a motorcycle crash Saturday night.
The crash happened on Belton Street at around 9:46 p.m.
According the coroner, the motorcyclist was traveling west on Belton Drive and attempted to pass a vehicle that was also traveling west. The vehicle stopped to make a left turn and the motorcycle sideswiped the vehicle, causing the motorcycle to crash and the driver to be ejected from the bike, the coroner said.
The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with severe injuries, but passed away at 10:45 p.m.
The coroner identified the victim as 50-year-old Thomas Clayton Barnaby.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Berkeley County, SC
Another motorcyclist was killed last month in a crash just north of Summerville, SC:
BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) – The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office has identified a 46-year-old Ladson man killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday.
Perry Street died at the scene of a single motorcycle crash on College Park Road Sunday.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash happened just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday on College Park Road just north of Summerville.
Master Trooper Brandon Bolt said a 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling east on College Park Road when the motorcycle went off the road and hit a curb, spilled and then hit a telephone pole.
The driver of the motorcycle was the only person on the motorcycle at the time of the crash.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Aiken County, SC
A 65-year-old woman was killed after a motorcycle crash in Aiken County last month near Wagener, SC:
A Leesville woman died after a July 16 motorcycle collision in Aiken County.
Jenny Massey, 65, died two days after her 2015 Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided with another motorcycle, Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables said in a media release.
Lance Cpl. Brittany Glover with South Carolina Highway Patrol said the two-vehicle collision occurred around 4:05 p.m. July 16 on New Holland Road near Troy Road, which is 5 miles north of Wagener.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Goose Creek, SC
A motorcyclist was killed after a crash in Goose Creek, SC last month:
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol said a man taken to the hospital after a crash involving a motorcycle and a car in Goose Creek Tuesday evening has died.
The crash happened near the intersection of Red Bank Road and Harbor Lake Drive just before 7:30 p.m., according to Goose Creek Rural Fire Department Chief Robert Maibach.
First responders found a man lying in the roadway, and he was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Maibach said.
Master Trooper Brandon Bolt said the man later died.
The man was traveling north on Red Bank Road when his motorcycle hit a Chevrolet Corvette attempting to turn on Harbor Lake Drive, Bolt said.
A portion of Red Bank Road was closed while officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol began their initial investigation.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Dorchester County, SC
A 71-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a collision with an eighteen-wheeler last month near Ridgeville, SC:
DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) – The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office has identified the motorcyclist who was killed in a collision involving a tractor trailer in Dorchester County Friday night.
71-year-old William Morgan, of Adams Run, was killed in that collision, according to Coroner Paul Brouthers.
The incident happened around 8:12 p.m. on US Hwy 17A near Waddle Lane, about 7 miles south of Ridgeville, according to Lance Cpl. Lena Butler.
Morgan, while driving a 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was attempting to make a left turn onto US Hwy 17A from a private drive, when he collided with a tractor trailer that was traveling north on US Hwy 17A, Butler said.
Morgan, who was the sole occupant of the motorcycle, died on scene.
The driver of the tractor trailer, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured, Butler said.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Ravenel, SC
A man was killed in a motorcycle crash on Savannah Highway in Ravenel, SC last week:
RAVENEL, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is investigating a deadly motorcycle crash that happened in Ravenel on Wednesday evening.
Deputies responded to a crash involving a single motorcycle on Savannah Highway near Deward Avenue around 5:45 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.
Southbound lanes of Savannah Highway were diverted to nearby Old Jacksonboro Road while the agency’s Traffic Services Unit investigated the crash.
Investigators believe the motorcycle was traveling south on Savannah Highway when it ran off the road and crashed.
The driver, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina where he later died.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash in North Augusta, SC
Another motorcyclist was killed after a single-motorcycle wreck on Old Edgefield Road in North Augusta late Sunday night:
A North Augusta man has died after a single-vehicle motorcycle wreck.
The crash occurred at about 2 a.m. Aug. 6 on Old Edgefield Road in North Augusta, according to a statement from Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables.
The rider, 24-year-old Danielson Gomez, was traveling north when he lost control of the 2012 Ducati 848 motorcycle, Ables said.
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.