Why Rear-End Crashes Are so Dangerous for Motorcyclists
Every motorcyclist should know the risks of injury in the event of a crash. While any type of motorcycle accident can cause severe injuries, some types of collisions may have a higher risks for certain types of injuries. For example, rear-end accidents can cause motorcyclists serious particular injuries.
When a rear-end accident involves two cars, it is typically considered to be the least serious type of crash, even commonly called a “fender-bender.” However, it can be devastating when a rear-end accident involves a car and a motorcycle—whether the motorcyclist is in the front or the back of the collision.
When motorcycles get hit from behind, the force of the impact will often throw the bikes forward, thereby throwing the motorcyclists forward. In these situations, the motorcyclists will often directly hit the pavement and may even get run over by their motorcycles and the vehicles that crashed into them.
When motorcycles crash into the backs of cars that suddenly stop or cut them off, the impact will stop the bikes short. With no seat belts or restraints, motorcyclists will likely keep moving forward—often, over cars and onto the streets. This can cause motorcyclists to suffer many different points of impact, injuring multiple parts of their bodies.
Because of the nature of rear-end motorcycle crashes, the following injuries are common:
- Broken jaws
- Broken noses or facial bones
- Damaged teeth
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries (even when wearing a helmet)
- Shattered arms, wrists, or hands
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage or bleeding
- Broken legs
- Back injuries
The injuries that result from this type of crash usually require emergency medical care and often hospitalization. Motorcyclists may require surgeries to repair traumatic injuries or for reconstructive purposes, especially in the face and jaw. These injuries can have long recovery periods and can result in costly medical bills. In addition, injured individuals may miss significant amounts of work and wages, or face permanent impairments that prevent them from returning to life as they knew it before the crash.
Know Your Rights
If a negligent driver caused your motorcycle accident, you have the right to hold that driver liable for your medical bills and other losses stemming from your injuries. Some examples of negligence that cause this type of crash include:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving
- Improper lane changes
Always seek help from an experienced attorney who can evaluate the circumstances of your crash and advise you of your rights.
Consult With a South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Free Today
Personal injury lawyer Lori Murray represents injured clients throughout South Carolina, including Columbia, Lexington, Richland County, Lexington County, and Fairfield County. Lori can handle personal injury claims stemming from all types of traffic accidents and involving all types of injuries. If you have been injured and want to discuss your rights and options, please call the Law Offices of Lori S. Murray at (803) 779-4472 or contact the office online.