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The Risks of Rear-End Motorcycle Crashes

Posted by Trent Kelly on September 8, 2020
The Risks of Rear-End Motorcycle Crashes

Rear-end accidents can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists, as these crashes can result in serious injuries and losses. It is important for injured victims to seek the right legal help with the injury claim process. 

 

Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, but it is also risky. Motorcyclists can crash in many ways, and some of the most dangerous types of crashes involve collisions with larger motor vehicles. If a driver hits a motorcycle, the motorcyclist has very little protection from the impact, which means the motorcyclist often suffers severe injuries. 

 

Rear-end collisions can be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists, whether or not they are the front or rear vehicle involved. Motorcyclists injured in rear-end crashes can face extensive losses and possible lasting effects of their injuries. It is important to speak with an Austin motorcycle accident lawyer if you’ve been injured in an accident. 

Injuries from Rear-End Accidents

When a motorcyclist is the front vehicle in a rear-end crash, the impact of the car colliding into the back of the bike often throws the motorcyclist forward. The motorcyclist might land on the pavement, and there is the risk of their motorcycle running over them. 

 

When a motorcyclist is the rear vehicle, the impact with the back of a car can also throw them forward as the bike stops short. This means that they might land on top of the car and then likely crash onto the pavement. 

 

In either situation, motorcyclists can sustain life-changing injuries in this type of crash. Some common injuries include:

 

  • Fractured hands and arms
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Skull fracture
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Dental damage
  • Fractured jaw
  • Broken nose
  • Fractured cheekbones
  • Dislocations
  • Friction burns

 

Even if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet, there is still a chance of sustaining a serious head injury. While it is always important to wear a helmet, these helmets only prevent severe injuries a percentage of the time. Head trauma can lead to a traumatic brain injury, which can have lasting effects and impairments for the victim. 

 

In addition, rear-end crashes often cause motorcyclists to land face-first, so it is common for them to suffer trauma to their faces if their helmets do not have face shields. These injuries can be costly, painful, and might cause permanent disfigurement even with numerous surgeries. 

Liability for Your Losses

Injured motorcyclists can face extensive losses, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. If someone else’s negligence led to your crash, that party should be liable for all of your losses. Examples of negligence that can lead to rear-end motorcycle crashes include:

 

  • Distracted driving
  • Tailgating
  • Cutting off a motorcycle
  • Drunk driving
  • Defective tires or brakes
  • Road hazards

 

Whether it was a driver or another party that was at fault for the crash, a lawyer can help you file the insurance claims necessary to seek compensation for your medical bills and other losses. Because the injuries from this type of accident can be particularly severe, you want the right representation for your claim. 

Learn How Our Austin Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help

At Terry & Kelly, PLLC, we believe that motorcyclists should be able to ride safely, and they deserve financial compensation if they are injured by others. Contact us online or call (512)-910-2000 to speak with an Austin motorcycle lawyer. 

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