The Dangers of Rear-end Motorcycle Accidents
Florida has the second-highest number of registered motorcycles of any state—second only to California. Motorcyclists are drawn to Florida for its miles of coastline, gorgeous scenery, and motorcycle-friendly weather all year-round. However, more motorcyclists on the road mean the potential for more motorcycle accidents.
Motorcyclists are already at a greater risk for injuries in crashes because they do not have all of the protections that motorists in cars do. However, certain types of collisions can be especially serious. For example, while a rear-end crash between two cars is commonly considered to be a minor accident (“fender bender”), rear-end accidents are some of the most dangerous for motorcyclists, whether the motorcyclist is the front or rear vehicle.
Motorcyclists do not have seat belts so they are very easily ejected from their bikes. If a motorcyclist hits the back of a car, the impact will suddenly stop the motorcycle and they will keep moving, often flying over the car they hit. Similarly, if they are hit by a car from behind, the impact will still likely eject them forward onto the pavement. Either way, chances are they will suffer severe trauma from hitting a car, the ground, or both. The injuries that result can be catastrophic.
Injuries to Motorcyclists
When a motorcyclist goes forward off their bike, they often try to catch themselves with their arms if they have time to react. However, the impact is often too great and they may end up with broken wrists, hands, or arms, as well as shoulder injuries. Unless they can successfully block their fall, motorcyclists often hit their faces on the pavement. Even if they are wearing a helmet with a face shield, their face can still hit the inside of the shield. In many cases, this can cause broken jaws or noses, fractured skulls, and damage to the teeth. Motorcyclists also can sustain injuries to the spine, head, back, neck, and other body parts in a rear-end crash.
Negligent Drivers can Cause Rear-end Crashes
Rear-end motorcycle accidents are often caused by other drivers who act in a negligent manner. This is often the case even if a motorcycle is the rear vehicle, as this does not automatically mean that the motorcyclist was at fault. Some examples of negligence that lead to this type of crash include:
- Changing lanes directly in front of a motorcyclist
- Excessive speeding
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
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A motorcycle accident can change your life and you may have to deal with the aftermath of your injuries for an extended period of time and maybe for the rest of your life. AT the law firm of Berkowitz & Myer, we represent injured accident victims in and around St. Petersburg. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer, call us today at 727-344-0123.