Rear-end Motorcycle Crashes

When driving in a typical passenger vehicle the type of accident you may be a risk of experiencing can vary greatly. While we hope you never have to experience any type of motor vehicle accident, many drivers have found themselves in a minor accident with property damage only.

Maybe you hit some ice while breaking and slide into the car in front of you, or backed into a car in a parking lot. Many passenger vehicle drivers have a story of a minor accident that didn’t cause any significant damage or injury. Luckily.

Motorcyclists aren’t so lucky. Seat belts, airbags, and the vehicle around a driver or passenger in a regular passenger vehicle often provide protection for motorists in a rear-end accident. For motorcyclists, rear-end collisions have an entirely different set of risks and can often be particularly dangerous.

Injuries Caused by Rear-end Motorcycle Crashes

When a motorcycle is hit from behind at any speed, it is likely to send the back of the motorcycle upward. This usually results in throwing the motorcyclist off the bike and towards the ground. Common injuries in this type of accident include trauma to the head, face, jaw, and teeth. Whether the rider is wearing a helmet or not, they are at risk for serious injuries.

Oftentimes a motorcyclist may put their arms out to catch themselves. This can result in broken or shattered bones.

Conversely, if a motorcycle rider hits the back of another car, the sudden stop can also throw them off their bike, possibly onto another car. This can lead to multiple points of impact and traumatic injuries to the neck, spinal cord, and back, and lead to broken bones. In some situations, the motorcyclist may be able to lay his or her bike down before impact, which can result in severe leg, rib, and shoulder injuries.

Common Causes of Rear-end Collisions

The consequences of a rear-end motorcycle collision can be dire. For this reason, it can be imperative to identify who is at fault. Some common causes of motorcycle rear-end accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Illegal lane changes
  • Sudden braking for no reason
  • Brake lights that do not work
  • Aggressive driving

Consult a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

When you are a victim of a motorcycle accident and sustain injuries, it is best to consult a motorcycle accident lawyer in Cincinnati. At The Richards Firm, we will evaluate your case to help ensure you are compensated for any damages you are owed.

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