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The Dangers of a Rear End Motorcycle Accident

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Posted on May 10, 2023

Rear-end motorcycle accidents can be particularly devastating for a motorcyclist. Motorcyclists lack the same protections that individuals inside larger motor vehicles have, so a rear-end incident has the potential to cause significant injuries. Here, we want to examine some of the causes of motorcycle rear-end accidents, look at the types of injuries that are likely to occur, and discuss compensation options for those harmed by the negligence of others.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Rear-end Collisions

Motorcycle rear-end accidents can occur in a variety of ways. Often, the careless or negligent actions of other drivers on the roadway lead to a rear-end collision. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle rear-end collisions include drivers:

  • Impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Distracted by phones or other types of mobile devices
  • Speeding or operating too fast for conditions
  • Following a motorcyclist too closely (tailgating)
  • Operating while fatigued
  • Failing to yield the right of way

This is not an exhaustive list of the ways that motorcycle rear-end collisions can occur. Right after these types of incidents, law enforcement officials need to come to the scene to conduct an extensive investigation into the possible causes. It is not uncommon for the police to issue citations at the scene of an incident to the individual they think caused the rear-end collision. However, this citation is not necessarily enough to prove liability when it comes to an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit.

There are additional types of evidence that an attorney will likely need in order to move forward with a claim.

Motorcycle Rear-End Collision Injuries

Unfortunately, motorcyclists can experience significant injuries as a result of a rear-end collision. An impact, regardless of speed, can put a motorcyclist’s body through significant forces.

One of the most common injuries associated with a motorcycle rear-end accident is whiplash, which occurs when the upper portion of a person’s body is whipped suddenly back and forth or side to side. Whiplash can lead to significant ligament and muscle sprains or strains, as well as injuries to the spinal cord, nerves, or spinal discs. Whiplash can leave lasting effects on an individual and require extensive medical treatment and time away from work.

Aside from whiplash, motorcyclists can experience significant traumatic injuries caused by a rear-end collision, particularly in crashes that occur at higher speeds. A motorcyclist could be thrown off of the bike or collide with the vehicle and experience any of the following injuries:

  • Spinal cord injuries with paralysis
  • A concussion or a more severe traumatic brain injury
  • Fractured or dislocated bones
  • Internal bleeding or internal organ damage
  • Lacerations, puncture wounds, or road rash
  • Crush injuries or amputations

This is certainly not a complete list of the types of injuries that can occur, so if you have been harmed due to the negligent actions of another driver, we encourage you to reach out to a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer for assistance.

An attorney can help injured motorcyclists recover the compensation they need. If another party was at fault, the types of compensation that could be available include coverage of all medical expenses, compensation for lost wages if a person is unable to work, property damage expenses, as well as compensation for physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Contact our expert motorcycle accident attorneys for a free consultation at Holley, Rosen & Beard, LLC. Serving victims across Illinois, we’re here to help you navigate your options. Dial (217) 544-3368 or (877) 671-5884 to learn how our experience can benefit your case.