Understanding South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Handling the aftermath of a motorcycle collision

With motorcycles, the lack of safety features and the absence of barriers between the rider and the road are two factors — of many — that increase the likelihood and severity of accident injuries. If you or someone you love suffers serious injury in a South Carolina motorcycle accident, the lawyers of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban can use our more than 200 years of combined personal injury law experience to assist you.

How many serious motorcycle accidents occur in South Carolina?

In South Carolina, statistics show that almost five accidents occur every day. In 2010 alone, there were 1,819 crashes, resulting in 10 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state, and one-tenth of all traffic fatalities are motorcyclists. What is particularly startling about this statistic is that motorcycle accidents accounted for less than 2 percent of all traffic crashes. This disparity speaks to the high likelihood of suffering a fatal injury in a motorcycle accident compared to the likelihood of fatality in other types of traffic accidents.

At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, you can rely on our knowledge, experience and understanding of motorcycle accident law in the Myrtle Beach area.

More sobering South Carolina motorcycle accident statistics

Concerns about motorcycling safety hardly end with total numbers of accidents and fatalities. Some of the most severe injuries in South Carolina could have been prevented if only the rider had worn a helmet:

  • Of all fatalities, 69 percent were not wearing a helmet.
  • Studies show that wearing a helmet reduces chances of being killed in a crash by 37 percent.
  • The South Carolina Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System shows that riders with helmets are more than 70 percent less likely to suffer traumatic brain injury in an accident.

Motorcycles are dangerous machines, but drivers and motorcyclists can avoid most accidents by taking appropriate safety precautions on the road, avoiding driving while intoxicated, wearing a helmet and participating in the variety of safety programs available.

Talk with experienced South Carolina injury lawyers about your motorcycle accident case

At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, we understand that most motorcyclists are responsible, law-abiding individuals. If you have been harmed in a South Carolina motorcycle accident, we will fight tooth-and-nail for the compensation you deserve. We work only on a contingency-fee basis, so you owe us no fees unless we earn you compensation. Call our firm at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online today to arrange a free initial consultation.