A rear-end motorcycle accident can lead to serious injuries for those who ride a motorcycle and significant vehicle damage. Even if you wear a helmet and protective clothing, nothing can fully protect you from an aggressive or negligent motorist. Compared with those who are inside a four-wheel vehicle, motorcycle riders are more vulnerable while on the road. Keep reading to learn more about how motorcycle accidents happen and your legal options after sustaining injuries in this type of accident:
Causes of Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents
Motorists who do not pay attention to the road can crash into a motorcycle at an intersection or on the highway. Aside from distracted driving, a rear-end accident with a motorcycle may occur because of impaired drunk driving, overtaking while changing a lane, speeding, tailgating, and not stopping in time.
Common Injuries Sustained in a Motorcycle Accident
Riding a motorcycle means the rider does not have access to airbags and safety restraints when an accident happens. Thus, they have an increased risk of bodily injury during an accident. They may suffer any of the following injuries:
- Concussion. A traumatic brain injury is commonly suffered by motorcycle riders involved in an accident despite having protective gear on their head.
- Back and neck injury. The back, neck, and spine bear an impact’s brunt in a rear-end motorcycle crash. This can lead to whiplash, muscle strain, herniated discs, and spinal cord injuries.
- Lower limb injuries. A motorcycle accident can result in a rider’s joints and bones shattering, crushing, and dislocating.
- Internal organ damage. A motorcycle rider may sustain broken ribs or internal bleeding after an accident. Such injuries can occur due to the impact or when the rider is thrown off from their vehicle.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
If you sustained injuries in a rear-end collision, you must contact 911 immediately. If you cannot do it yourself, have someone do it for you. Then, exchange information with the other motorist while you are still at the crash scene. This information should include identification, insurance information, contact number, and vehicle information of the driver. If possible, take photos and videos of the crash scene, including your injuries, vehicle damage, and the overall surrounding.
Keep in mind that just because you can stand up and walk following a motorcycle accident does not mean you are okay. Some injuries do not present symptoms immediately, so you need to get checked by a doctor. Not seeking immediate medical attention can hurt your health and possible insurance claim later. Finally, contact an attorney to understand your legal options.