Why Rear-end Motorcycle Accidents are So Serious
Motorcycle accidents are very common1 and there are many types of collisions. Rear-end motorcycle collisions can be some of the most serious accidents and the following is some information explaining why.
A rear-end accident occurs when a driver of an automobile hits the back end of the motorcycle in front of the car. A number of situations can cause a rear-end accident. For example, the driver of the car drives too close to or is tailgating, the motorcycle. In these situations, if the rider of the motorcycle slows down or stops suddenly, the car does not have any time to stop. The car can also stop in front of a motorcycle for a number of other instances, such as being distracted by talking on the phone or texting.
Serious Injuries to Motorcyclists
In an accident with a car and a motorcycle, it is the motorcycle driver who typically suffers the most serious injuries. The car and the motorcycle differ in sizes and the driver of the car is more protected than the rider of the motorcycle. In rear-end accidents, the motorcycle driver can be ejected or thrown to the ground and they could end up in front of another vehicle. After being thrown from the bike, the rider often hits the car or other objects before landing hard on the ground. These possibly multiple impacts happen with little to no protection to the body of the motorcyclist, except for a helmet – which could possibly crack or be damaged on impact and therefore lessen its protection.
Being hit from behind typically causes the following injuries: permanent brain injury, paralysis, and spinal cord injuries, facial disfigurement and can even be fatal. Some specific injuries are fractured facial bones, broken jawbone, traumatic brain injury, damage to or destruction of teeth, internal organ damage and bleeding, and spinal cord injuries.
Medical treatment of injuries
As a rear-end motorcycle accident can result in serious injuries, the medical treatments can be and very often are complicated and expensive. More often than not, those medical treatments are astronomical due to trauma care, hospitalization, medical equipment, medications, home health care, assisted living, hospitalization, and other necessary treatments.
In addition, it is important that the injured victim is compensated for wage loss; the time lost from work due to treatments and rehabilitation. In some cases, even despite medical treatment, some injuries can be permanent and there may be a continuous treatment that must be provided for the rest of the person’s life. Furthermore, dealing with serious and permanent injuries can often cause severe pain and suffering as well as emotional injuries.
Rear-end Motorcycle accidents in Florida
The seriousness of rear-end motorcycle accident is demonstrated by an Orlando accident in 2011. A 41-year-old motorcyclist was stopped at a stop light when he was struck from behind by a Honda sports utility vehicle. Once the SUV collided with the motorcycle, it sent it across the intersection and it ejected the rider. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, however, neither the driver nor the passengers of the SUV were injured. This is only one of the many rear-end accidents that happen every day and catastrophically injury motorcycle drivers.
Causes that Contribute to Rear-end Accidents
In order to prevent the seriousness of rear-ending a motorcycle, it is critical that common causes contributing to rear-accidents are examined. Often times while driving, many things can take our attention from the most important task – to drive safe. Drivers often turn their attention to conversations in the car, demands of children, crying babies, picking up things that slide from seats and what is happening on side streets. Additionally, distracted driving also involves text messaging, surfing the internet or talking on the phone, listening to loud music, reading while driving or in some extreme cases, even applying cosmetics. Other causes that contribute to rear-end accidents are failures to stop vehicles in time, driving under the influence, failure to follow road rules, failure to stop in time for a stop light.
Who is in Fault for a Rear-End Motorcycle Accident
State laws liability laws will determine who is at-fault for the rear-end accident. In most cases, however, it is the driver’s fault who was following who is at fault. There are some exceptions to that rule but it may take a lot of evidence to prove those. However, a motorcyclist who is rear-ended may also be found at fault, called comparative negligence, if he or she was driving recklessly or too slowly, or came to a sudden stop in the middle of a road for reasons that cannot be explained.
Call a Clearwater Motorcycle Injury Attorney Today for a Free Consultation
The skilled attorneys at the Dolman Law Group understand the seriousness of rear-end motorcycle injuries and their devastating injuries. We will assist you with your claim against the at-fault driver in order to maximize your recovery. Please call our Clearwater office at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation today.
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