The direct cost of 2010 motorcycle accidents in the United States was at least $16 billion and likely higher, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO report cautioned that the $16 billion figure might be conservative because it is difficult to accurately measure the long-term medical expenses of injured victims. Specifically, long-term medical costs are only followed for a few years, not a lifetime, and changes in employment status and standard of living may not be fully measured.
What That $16 Billion Represents
According to the government report, motorcyclists were 30 times more likely to die than passenger car occupants in 2010 motor vehicle accidents. In 2010:
- About 82,000 motorcyclists were injured in crashes.
- 4,502 motorcyclists died in accidents.
- The average cost for a motorcycle accident fatality was $1.2 million.
- The average cost for a motorcycle accident injury ranged from $2,500 to $1.4 million.
- Of course, the true cost of a Milwaukee motorcycle accident injury or fatality is much more for an individual or a family who has to suffer such a significant event. For these individuals and families, the true cost may never be known.
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in an Illinois, Iowa, or Wisconsin Motorcycle Crash
If you have been hurt in a recent bike accident then you might need help. You may need to recover damages for your accident injuries. Your compensation could include money for past, current, and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, out-of-pocket costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.
To find out more about your rights and how to recover the financial damages to which you may be legally entitled, please contact an experienced Wisconsin motorcycle lawyer today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 and please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims.