AAA: Biker deaths on the rise in SC

AAA: Biker deaths on the rise in SC

There are 107 comments on the Myrtle Beach Online story from Jul 21, 2008, titled AAA: Biker deaths on the rise in SC. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

Motorcycle-related deaths jumped 40 percent from 2003 to 2007 and are expected to keep climbing as gas prices rise and more people buy motorcycles, according to analysis released today from AAA Carolinas.

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pro rally

Conway, SC

#2 Jul 21, 2008
I OWN YOU wrote:
AND THE DENTS ON MY SUV'S FRONT BUMPER IS ON THE RISE AS WELL.
quit humpin your bumper and u wont get more dents !
jenn

Bristol, TN

#4 Jul 21, 2008
I OWN YOU wrote:
AND THE DENTS ON MY SUV'S FRONT BUMPER IS ON THE RISE AS WELL.
How stupid!
Bryan

Laurinburg, NC

#7 Jul 21, 2008
Hey guy's "I own you" is just a punkasss kid with nothing to do all day. He's been on this forum since school has been out, under other names such as "Da Truth", and "The Damn Truth" just making comments to stir up a bunch of Shittt. He's always on her making stupid comments about someones "mother", and apparently his parents are unnaware that he's using their computer to stir others up. But not to worry, 5th grade students have to start back to school in august, and we should'nt hear much out of him after that.
MyrtleCycle Ranger

Edison, NJ

#8 Jul 21, 2008
I OWN YOU wrote:
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Pro rally you must be a real expect in all things s**t ... I guess that is because of the mainly hours you spend bent over in a bathroom of a biker bar.
Read this other post of "it's", the grammar is worst than the spelling. Idiots like this should be banned from posting.
jenn

Bristol, TN

#11 Jul 21, 2008
I OWN YOU wrote:
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Jenn you live in bristol,tenn?? Go to a dentist and tell your daddy to stop sleeping with you at night.
TN has NOTHING to do with this moron! What has your gas guzzling SUV got to do with increasing biker deaths?
jenn

Bristol, TN

#12 Jul 21, 2008
Bryan wrote:
Hey guy's "I own you" is just a punkasss kid with nothing to do all day. He's been on this forum since school has been out, under other names such as "Da Truth", and "The Damn Truth" just making comments to stir up a bunch of Shittt. He's always on her making stupid comments about someones "mother", and apparently his parents are unnaware that he's using their computer to stir others up. But not to worry, 5th grade students have to start back to school in august, and we should'nt hear much out of him after that.
I over look ignorance! I just see this loser as being just another form of human waste.
HarleyWyld

Monroe, NC

#13 Jul 21, 2008
What they fail to report is how many motorcycle deaths were actually caused by someone driving a car or truck and making a illegal move. They also fail to report that a helmet is only rated for a crash at up to 15MPH. That's not going to help you if the idiot doesn't see you at the stop light and just runs right over you.
Which should we be more concerned with; A biker riding with out a helmet or A Illegal driving without a license and insurance?
Train

Pelion, SC

#14 Jul 21, 2008
What does AAA care about bikers they dont offer us anything and I would never let on eof their wreckers tow any bike of mine !!!
darts

Conway, SC

#15 Jul 21, 2008
The below is from the AAA, also. North Carolina has a helmet law enforced, and they are 8th in Nation.
N.C. MOTORCYCLE DEATH RATE EIGHTH HIGHEST IN NATION; LIKELY TO GO UP WITH INCREASE IN MOTORCYCLE PURCHASES.

“Motorists also need to know how to modify their driving behavior around motorcycles, which cannot stop as quickly as a car,” Parsons said.
One of every nine U.S. fatalities involves a motorcycle, and a motorcyclist has a 37 percent greater chance of dying in a crash than someone riding in a passenger car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Operators of other vehicles contributed to 40 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes, according to MIC.
North Carolina has a mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists.
Summer

Sumter, SC

#16 Jul 21, 2008
The number of motorcycle accidents will rise after Governor Sanford passed a bill that lets motorcycleists run red lights!
karnak

Tampa, FL

#17 Jul 21, 2008
The main fact that these kinds of articles don't mention is that very few motorcyclists have had formal training. With the sudden popularity of motorcycles, there has been an exponential increase in the number of middle-aged guys (and gals) who think that because they can ride a bicycle, they can operate a motorcycle.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers an excellent weekend course (I took it myself years ago at Greenville Tech)that gives potential riders all the basic tools that they can grow with. Unfortunately, most riders that I encounter who have been riding for many years don't have a clue about the dynamics of handling a motorcycle, let alone the safety issues. Anyone who has had some training wouldn't dare get on a bike without a helmet, gloves, boots, and some kind of protective jacket. That tells you a little something about the sleeveless crowd you see out on the weekends.

It all comes down to accountability. We can legislate helmet laws, but that is simply an afterthought. What would really save lives is requiring all motorcyclists to be competent riders and demonstrate their knowledge of motorcycle safety.
Dave D

United States

#19 Jul 21, 2008
darts wrote:
The below is from the AAA, also. North Carolina has a helmet law enforced, and they are 8th in Nation.
N.C. MOTORCYCLE DEATH RATE EIGHTH HIGHEST IN NATION; LIKELY TO GO UP WITH INCREASE IN MOTORCYCLE PURCHASES.
Because the vast majority of deaths from bike accidents are due to blunt trauma to the chest/abdomin.

A helmet will help a lot if you just go down and start skipping down the road but how often does that happen?

Anyone here know what impact a MC helmet is rated for? 13MPH. That's the speed generated if you fall down. So a approximately a 6" drop.
RDR

Conway, SC

#20 Jul 21, 2008
karnak wrote:
The main fact that these kinds of articles don't mention is that very few motorcyclists have had formal training. With the sudden popularity of motorcycles, there has been an exponential increase in the number of middle-aged guys (and gals) who think that because they can ride a bicycle, they can operate a motorcycle.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers an excellent weekend course (I took it myself years ago at Greenville Tech)that gives potential riders all the basic tools that they can grow with. Unfortunately, most riders that I encounter who have been riding for many years don't have a clue about the dynamics of handling a motorcycle, let alone the safety issues. Anyone who has had some training wouldn't dare get on a bike without a helmet, gloves, boots, and some kind of protective jacket. That tells you a little something about the sleeveless crowd you see out on the weekends.
It all comes down to accountability. We can legislate helmet laws, but that is simply an afterthought. What would really save lives is requiring all motorcyclists to be competent riders and demonstrate their knowledge of motorcycle safety.
YOUR RIGKT WITH WHAT U SAID BUT WE ALSO NEED TO KEEP IN MIND THAT MOST CYCLE WRECKS ARE CAUSED BY DRIVERS IN CARS . WE NEED TO MAKE PEOPLE WHO HIT BIKES GET BIG PUNISMENT AND FINES . THEN MAYBE PEOPLE WOULD PAY MORE ATTENSION !
i own you isapunk

Louisville, KY

#21 Jul 21, 2008
How many of these accidents are the fault of the motorcycle or the passenger vehicle that hits them?
Jay Lawson

Dillon, SC

#22 Jul 21, 2008
WE NEED a HELMET LAW IN SC !! The old law was repealed in 1980, and people have been DYING for a new one.
I ride a cruiser, so I'm not just talking to everyone else.
Thinking

Summersville, WV

#24 Jul 21, 2008
This is a direct result of high gas prices. People with absolutly no motorcycle experence are buying bikes and riding to save gas money. Inexprence and motorcycles are a bad combination.
RDR

Conway, SC

#25 Jul 21, 2008
Jay Lawson wrote:
WE NEED a HELMET LAW IN SC !! The old law was repealed in 1980, and people have been DYING for a new one.
I ride a cruiser, so I'm not just talking to everyone else.
THATS YOUR CHOICE ! BUT YOU CANT TELL ME MINE ! FREEDOM OF CHOICE ! SOMEBODY NOT WEARING A HELMET HAS NO BEARING ON YOU IN ANYWAY !
Ready to go

Myrtle Beach, SC

#26 Jul 21, 2008
RDR wrote:
<quoted text> YOUR RIGKT WITH WHAT U SAID BUT WE ALSO NEED TO KEEP IN MIND THAT MOST CYCLE WRECKS ARE CAUSED BY DRIVERS IN CARS . WE NEED TO MAKE PEOPLE WHO HIT BIKES GET BIG PUNISMENT AND FINES . THEN MAYBE PEOPLE WOULD PAY MORE ATTENSION !
If, in your world, they make fines more strict on vehicle drivers who get into accidents with bikers, would they also increase fines on bikers getting into accdents with other bikers? Just wondering how the laws in your head work...
Inept Leaders

Columbia, SC

#27 Jul 21, 2008
HarleyWyld wrote:
What they fail to report is how many motorcycle deaths were actually caused by someone driving a car or truck and making a illegal move. They also fail to report that a helmet is only rated for a crash at up to 15MPH. That's not going to help you if the idiot doesn't see you at the stop light and just runs right over you.
Which should we be more concerned with; A biker riding with out a helmet or A Illegal driving without a license and insurance?
Ok, as a motorcyclist I support our current helmet law. However if you truly believe that helmets only help you at 15 mph then you need to do some more research. For the record I agree with most of what you say, but don't ruin your facts with random numbers like that.
local

Conway, SC

#28 Jul 21, 2008
Ready to go wrote:
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If, in your world, they make fines more strict on vehicle drivers who get into accidents with bikers, would they also increase fines on bikers getting into accdents with other bikers? Just wondering how the laws in your head work...
he is right and you are not to bright are you ?

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