SC Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), 145 motorcycle accident fatalities occurred in South Carolina in 2017. Of those 145 deaths, 100 motorcycle riders were not wearing a helmet and the age range with the most deaths overall was 20-29 year olds.
As seen in the previous statistic, serious head injury is very common among fatally injured bikers. Helmets decrease the chance of death in an accident by 37% and are 67% effective in preventing brain injuries.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes that in 2016, the number of motorcycle accident deaths per mile traveled, was about 28 times the number of car accident deaths. Several factors that contribute to the number of motorcyclist deaths each year include the low visibility of motorcycles and the limited, if nonexistent, protection a motorcycle provides for the rider. Many riders may also be inexperienced or drive under the influence.
Do I need an attorney after being in a motorcycle accident?
Motorcycle wrecks often cause the most devastating personal injuries to the bikers involved in the accident. Whether a biker is wearing a helmet or not, motorcycle accidents typically cause serious trauma to bikers and require significant medical treatment. Many bikers incur high medical bills and often miss time from work. In cases where there are serious injuries caused by the negligence of another driver, you may need an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to investigate your accident.
Each year in Myrtle Beach, for example, thousands of bikers visit the city for bike rallies like Harley Davidson Bike Week and Bike Fest during Memorial Weekend. While these are exciting events for bikers, there are always negligent or reckless drivers and bikers that cause serious accidents. While many of these bikers are from out of state, because their accident happened in South Carolina, they need a motorcycle accident lawyer that knows the laws of SC.
The Derrick Law Firm has over 30 years of experience as a South Carolina personal injury accident law firm. The firm has represented cases on behalf of those who have been wrongfully killed in a motorcycle accident as well as those who have sustained life altering injuries.
Have You Been Injured In A South Carolina Area Motorcycle Accident?
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you should to speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Charleston, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.2359 to schedule your consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Conway, Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, North Myrtle Beach, North Charleston, or Florence office locations.