Although most motorcyclists will take proper precautions before they ride, they still must heavily rely on other drivers when it comes to their own safety. If a driver is negligent in any way, a serious collision may result. When a car hits a motorcyclist, especially in a rear-end motorcycle accident, the motorcyclist is often the one who sustains serious injuries. Even when motorcyclists protect themselves as much as possible, they still have much less protection overall compared to those driving in cars. Sadly, motorcycles are simply no match for motor vehicles. Accidents occurring at slow speeds can still cause severe injuries for motorcyclists; in some cases, these accidents are fatal. In fact, it has been reported that the odds of getting injured in a motorcycle accident as a motorcyclist is very high. Specifically, when multi-vehicle accidents were examined, it was revealed that the motorcyclists in these accidents were injured 98 percent of the time. While some of these injuries were minor, 45 percent of the time they are moderate to severe.
There are several different types of motorcycle accidents that can occur, such as head-on collisions, sideswipe accidents, and rear-end motorcycle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear-end motorcycle accidents are not as common as other types of motorcycle accidents. In fact, it has been reported that 74 percent of motorcycle accidents that involved collisions with other vehicles were frontal collisions. Only seven percent of reported motorcycle accidents involved rear-end motorcycle accidents, with the motorcyclist being hit. Although rear-end motorcycle accidents don’t happen as often as other types of accidents, they still cause serious injury.
One of these types of injuries is whiplash and may not be apparent right away. This is why it is important to seek medical attention immediately after getting into an accident. Signs of whiplash can occur days after impact, and may include some of the following:
- Numbness or tingling in the arms
- Pain and/or tenderness in the arms, upper back or shoulders
- Neck stiffness and pain, which may worsen with movement
Although those are the more common signs of a whiplash injury, others have also reported irritability, sleeping problems, depression, issues with memory, difficulty concentration, blurred vision, and ringing in the ears.
There are a lot of ways that motorcyclists can avoid getting harmed in rear-end motorcycle accidents by taking certain precautions. The right type of motorcycle gear and clothing can help to protect against road rash injuries and abrasions, and helmets are always recommended. Some states even have laws in place that mandate helmet use while riding a motorcycle. Wearing reflective clothing can also help drivers see motorcyclists on the road, especially when it’s dark outside, and can help to lower the risk of a rear-end motorcycle accident. Alas, many motorcyclists will still take all proper precautions, and may still get injured in a rear-end motorcycle accident. A motorcyclist can only do so much; if a driver is negligent and disobeying traffic laws, driving while intoxicated, or simply not paying attention, a tragic accident can result.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be waiting on a lawsuit to settle. Serious rear-end motorcycle accidents can result in mounting medical bills, as well as the inability to return to work. Because of these dire circumstances, it’s no surprise that accident victims are often anxiously awaiting settlements. At USClaims, we may be able to help put an end to the waiting game and provide some money sooner through a process known as pre-settlement funding. Contact us today to learn more and to find out if your case qualifies.