According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,286 motorcyclists were killed on U.S. roads in 2016 – a 5.1% increase from 2015. In South Carolina, 185 people lost their lives in motorcycle accidents and 72% of bikers killed in accidents that year weren’t wearing a helmet. These statistics may seem shocking, however, motorcyclists have always been at an increased risk for sustaining serious and fatal injuries in an accident. After all, unlike passenger vehicles, motorcyclists aren’t protected from accident forces by a reinforced steel cage, airbags, and seat belts. This is why per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are 28x more likely to die in a traffic crash than passenger car occupants.
If you are fortunate enough to survive your motorcycle accident, you will likely have sustained serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, or fractures. These injuries often result in significant hospitalizations, multiple surgeries, and extensive time in rehabilitation after the accident. As such, any settlement you receive should adequately reflect the full impact your injuries will have on your life – both now and in the future. Motorcycle accident victims are often surprised to learn that their injuries never fully heal properly, resulting in a lifetime of pain and disability.