Motorcycle Fatality Risk is High in South Carolina

Motorcycle hit by car

2021 set a record for motorcycle fatalities in the U.S. Though that number dropped slightly in 2022, the decline was just over 1%–still more than twice as many deaths as in 2000, and 24% more than in 2010. Of course, these fatalities aren’t spread equally around the country.

The number of fatal motorcycle accidents in South Carolina is somewhat higher than the average, with 167 motorcyclist deaths in 2021. That’s about 3% of the total deaths across the nation. Seven states had more fatalities than South Carolina. Still, South Carolina was ranked the fourth most dangerous state for motorcyclists.

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North Charleston Teen, Rolando Nunez Moreno, Killed by Car While Outside Disabled Vehicle

The Hartman Law Firm, LLC | October 2, 2023, at 09:11 a.m.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C – A tragic accident on I-526 in North Charleston, South Carolina claimed the life of 14-year-old Rolando Nunez Moreno on Friday night. Moreno was standing near a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of I-526 West at Exit 16A when he was fatally struck by an oncoming car around 8:12 PM, according to Charleston County Coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal.

After hitting Moreno, the vehicle went airborne and crashed into a residence on nearby Ozark Street. No other major injuries were reported from the incident.

The North Charleston Police Department’s traffic unit is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident that led to Moreno’s death. Authorities have not released details about the driver or vehicle that struck the teenager.

Moreno’s family, friends, and community are mourning the tragic loss of his life at such a young age. The fatal car accident serves as a reminder about the importance of exercising extreme caution when exiting a disabled vehicle on a busy highway.

We here at The Hartman Firm, LLC are very sorry for the family, friends, and loved ones of the very young Mr. Moreno. If you have been in accident or a loved one has been wrongfully killed in North Charleston, please call for a free 20-minute consultation.