Rear end motorcycle accidents are just one of many types of accidents that results in fatalities every year. A rear-end collision typically occurs when a driver suddenly stops and is hit by the vehicle behind it. Motorcycle riders are just as susceptible to these types of accidents as ordinary drivers on the road. In many cases, motorcycle riders face much more significant dangers in becoming injured from these kinds of accidents. A sudden-stop crash can cause permanent disabilities, death or severe head injuries to motorcycle riders.
If you are a rider and have been involved in a motorcycle accident, then you may wish to get in touch with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. An Illinois motorcycle accident attorney can carefully assess the merits of your case and determine the best legal strategy for your case. The longer you wait to receive legal help for your case, the longer you risk missing out on filing your claim due to an expiration of the statute of limitations. Get in touch with our Illinois motorcycle accident lawyers for immediate assistance with your case today.
Statistics for Illinois Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents
The Illinois Department of Transportation publishes an annual study that tracks crashes in the state. In 2012, there were a total of 956 fatalities that resulted from accidents on the road. With over 140,000 miles of roads throughout Illinois, it is no wonder why motorcycle riders are at a great risk for being involved in accidents. The total number of drivers that suffered from injuries as a result of accidents amounted to 83,768 in Illinois.
In Illinois, there were a total of 148 people killed in motorcycle accidents in 2012. An astonishing 3,312 individuals suffered from injuries as a result of involvement in motorcycle accidents. Out of this figure, there were 1,066 individuals who suffered from “Type A” injuries as a result of involvement in motorcycle crashes.
The 2012 report does not specifically indicate the number of individuals who suffered from injuries as a result of rear end accidents. However, the study does indicate that 400 individuals were involved in “slow” or “stopped in traffic” accidents, which may indicate that a rear end collision was involved. There were 467 individuals involved in “other” types of accidents that could also include rear end collisions.
The research study provides figures for the following other types of accidents involving motorcycles:
- 2,258 involved “going straight ahead.”
- 96 involved “passing or overtaking.”
- 186 involved making a left turn.
- 125 involved making a right turn.
- 400 involved being in slow or stopped traffic.
- 574 involved skidding or control loss.
- 73 involved changing lanes.
- 149 involved parked vehicles.
The research study does provide a figure for the total number of rear end accidents occurring in 2012, but the figure does not distinguish between vehicular rear end crashes and motorcycle rear end crashes. There were 327 rear end collisions that occurred in Illinois. Out of this figure, 18 of these accidents resulted in “A” injuries.
Causes of Rear End Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a multitude of factors. In many accidents, a driver is negligent or not paying attention on the road. Here are some of the other causes of motorcycle accidents on the road:
- Lack of driver attention
- Distracted driving involving texting, conversing on the phone or surfing the Internet
- Distracted driving due to listening to loud music, reading or applying cosmetics
- Failure to stop in time for a stop light
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to respond to stopping traffic
- Failure to follow traffic rules
How to Avoid Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents
The best way that drivers can avoid being involved in motorcycle accidents is by paying attention while on the road. It is vital that motorcycle riders pay attention on the road so that they can anticipate changing lights, abrupt stops by other drivers and go with the flow of traffic.
Get Legal Help for Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Our Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are here to help you. Contact our attorneys at any time of the day. We are available to respond to your inquiries and assess your legal claims. Contact us today for a free review of your case.