A Florence man was killed on Wednesday when he was driving his three-wheeled Cam Am motorcycle westbound and abruptly slammed into the back of a halted tractor-trailer.
According to the SC Highway Patrol, the accident occurred around sunset at 6:48 p.m. The location of the accident was in the westbound lanes of US 76 at Francis Marion University.
Apparently, the tractor-trailer had slowed down to stop at the stoplight right outside the University, when the driver of the motorcycle smashed into the back of the truck.
The 32-year-old motorcyclist was travelling to close and did not realize that the tractor-trailer has come to a complete stop at that point.
Moreover, the motorcyclist had not been wearing his helmet at the time of incident; a reoccurring theme is most deaths due to motorcycle accidents.
No charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the tractor-trailer, who was luckily unscathed by the accident.
Studies from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reveal that 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks or tractor-trailers in 2010. During that same year, 276,00 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes.
However, it is uncommon to hear of an accident occurring between a motorcyclist and a driver of a tractor-trailer. There is always an increased risk in driving a motorcycle, as there is not nearly as much metal around you for protection To make matters worse, often times people driving motorcycles are not wearing their helmets which can ultimately serve as a death sentence.
If you or a family member is involved in any serious motorcycle accident or tractor-, you will need an attorney to protect your rights and get you on a successful path to recovery. Call the experienced attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower,LLP at 803-548-4444 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.