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Why Rear-end Collisions are Especially Serious for Motorcyclists?

Anytime a motorcyclist crashes, they can sustain severe injuries. However, rear-end accidents can be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. While rear-end collisions between two cars are often referred to as “fender-benders,” these collisions become significantly more devastating when they involve a motorcycle for the following reasons.

When the Motorcycle is the Front Vehicle

When a motorcycle is hit from the rear, it is common for the front of the car to cause the back wheels of the motorcycle to come off the ground. This tips the motorcycle forward very quickly, which can throw the motorcyclist over the handlebars and directly into the ground. In this situation, motorcyclists can sustain serious injuries to their head, arms, and face, including fractured skulls, jaws, and facial bones. These injuries can often occur even if the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Causes of this type of collision include:

  • Distracted driving1
  • Following too closely
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)2
When the Motorcycle is the Rear Vehicle

Other drivers can also cause a motorcyclist to slam into the back of their vehicle. When this happens, motorcycles regularly flip forward, with the rear wheel coming up. This can throw a motorcyclist from the bike and over the car, often landing on the ground. This can result in many points of impact when they hit the roof of the car, often the hood, and then the pavement. Motorcyclists often sustain serious traumatic injuries to many different parts of their bodies in these crashes. This type of accident commonly happens due to the following:

  • Sudden and unnecessary braking
  • Dangerous lane changes
  • “Cutting off” motorcyclists
  • Not having working brake lights or taillights

No matter what type of collision you are in on your motorcycle, negligent drivers can cause you serious injuries and losses. You will likely incur significant medical bills and may have to miss work for some time. You should always discuss your rights with a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Contact an Experienced Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

The Arizona law firm of Abels & Annes, P.C. knows how to handle complicated motorcycle accident cases involving catastrophic injuries. If you have been injured, please call today at 602-819-5191 for a free consultation.

1 http://www.distraction.gov/stats-research-laws/facts-and-statistics.html
2 http://www.azdps.gov/information/impaired_driving/dui_laws/

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