Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents
If you are a Long Beach motorcyclist, you’re likely well aware that rear-end motorcycle accidents are a major issue on our area roadways. Because motorcyclists are less protected than drivers of other vehicles, they are especially vulnerable in rear-end accidents, especially when the vehicle behind them is moving at high speeds. Unfortunately, these kinds of accidents are often severe and result in serious injuries, permanent disability, and even death. If you are injured in this type of accident, the lawyers at Jamal Injury Law P.C. are prepared to defend your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.Causes of Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents
2013 statistics from the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration show that 6% of two-vehicle collisions that year were rear-end collisions. And since California is in the top 15 of all 50 states for motorcycle fatalities (experiencing over 14,000 motorcycle accidents in 2015), this is of serious concern to Long Beach bikers.
Many accidents are caused by negligent drivers. In legal terms, negligence refers to a driver who causes a collision when they fail to exhibit the same level of care that a reasonable driver would demonstrate in the same situation. In rear-end motorcycle accidents, negligence often involves a driver who is not paying proper attention. Some common causes of rear-end collisions involving distracted driving include:
- Texting, talking on the phone, or surfing the internet
- Listening to loud music or putting on makeup
- Failing to stop at a stop light
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failing to follow traffic rules
One way to avoid being rear-ended on busy Long Beach highways involves lane splitting, where the motorcyclist rides between two lanes in order to pass larger vehicles when traffic is slowed or stopped. For experienced motorcyclists, this is a good method for avoiding being rear-ended in case a driver behind them is distracted and fails to stop quickly enough. But it’s incredibly important to be prepared for drivers that change lanes without signaling or swerve to prevent motorcyclists from lane splitting.
Overall, the best thing motorcyclists can do to protect themselves from distracted drivers is to pay extra attention to changing lights and abrupt stops made by other vehicles.Common Rear-End Injuries
As experienced Long Beach motorcycle accident attorneys, the team at Jamal Injury Law P.C. has seen the devastating results of these kinds of accidents first hand. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones, including those in the jaw or face
- Broken teeth
- Crushed or shattered limbs
- Severe burns from road rash
- Major lacerations and contusions
Because serious injuries often occur when a motorcyclist is rear-ended, it is essential that you seek medical help immediately. In addition, you should discuss your situation with an experienced lawyer right away since there are statutes of limitations for these kinds of cases. Even if you’re unsure whether or not you have a case, talking with an attorney can help you understand your legal rights and give you a sense of how much compensation you are entitled to.Get Help from an Experienced Local Lawyers
If you’ve been involved in a rear-end motorcycle accident, our local Long Beach attorneys are ready to assist you immediately. Jamal Injury Law P.C. will help you understand your rights and fight for you so you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Our consultations are always free and come with no obligation. Contact us today for help from our trusted team!