A recently released government report says that the average fatal motorcycle accident costs $1.2 million, and all the motorcycle crashes in 2010 totaled $16 billion. The United States Government Accountability Office wrote the report and arrived at the $16 billion figure by tallying nine different expenses:
- Medical bills
- Emergency services
- Lost wages
- Lost household productivity
- Workplace disruption
- Legal fees
- Travel delays for everyone else on the road
- Property damage
The report says that society pays for up to three quarters of these costs. While this is an extensive list of expenses, the survey could not account for other costs, such as:
- Long term medical treatment, including surgery and therapy
- Change in employment
Researchers acknowledged that the actual cost is likely much higher. They said the principle causes of motorcycle accidents are speeding, alcohol use, lack of training, riding unlicensed and lack of motorcycle awareness from other drivers.
This report proves how catastrophic motorcycle accidents are, especially for widows or loved ones left behind when someone dies in a fatal motorcycle crash. If another driver was at fault, we can investigate the accident and help grieving family members seek justice on their lost loved one’s behalf. These efforts could help compensate for the costs listed above. To learn more, call us at (866) 377-3800 and ask about our free case reviews.
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