Florence, South Carolina 2021-09-30 20:41:47 –
Murrels Inlet, South Carolina (WBTW) — This year’s motorcycle accident fatalities in South Carolina have increased by 33% compared to the same period last year.
So far, 118 people have died in motorcycle crashes. The total death toll in 2020 was 123. The current total death toll is nine months higher than 2019, with a total death toll from a motorcycle crash that year of 141.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper Brian Lee said the pandemic will increase the number of people buying bikes and ultimately the number of motorcyclists on the road.
“I think there are more people on board,” Lee said. “More people are having fun. When the autumn weather comes, especially in the evening, the weather gets colder. It’s nice weather for people to go out and ride their bikes, so there are more bike dead than last year. I think that’s why it’s increasing. “
Motorcyclists have said they need to be on the lookout for roads to keep them safe.
Motorcyclist Larry Lacquer, celebrating Autumn Bike Week, said:
Jeff Faith said riding a motorcycle is an unexpected expectation.
“I drive defensively, but in the first place there is no guarantee,” Faith said. “You have to be pretty defensive and never assume that other drivers are doing something else or you think they are trying to do it.”
Motorcyclists have pointed out distracted drivers as the number one source of concern while on the go.
Faith said that the ride quality of a safe motorcycle also depends on the rider.
“I’ve been riding for a long time,” Faith said. “I’ve been biking since I was 5 years old. Know your equipment and keep up with your tires, brakes and other equipment. Keep it safe.”
Lee, along with thousands of motorcyclists in the area, said people should pay more attention on the road for the rest of the weekend. He said one extra look can save lives.
“Expect that you’ll probably have to be a little more patient,” Lee said. “Please concentrate with a little margin and make sure you are watching twice.”
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