Rear-End Motorcycle Accident Lawyers: Chicago, Illinois
Rear-end motorcycle accidents are one of the most common types of collisions that results in serious injuries and wrongful death to motorcyclists. Many negligent drivers cause fatal crashes when making lane changes or dealing with hazardous road conditions and potholes.
A rear-end collision typically occurs when a biker is stopped and hit by the vehicle behind it. In many cases, motorcycle riders face much more significant danger and severe injuries from rear-end collisions by the physical forces exerted by a larger vehicle striking them.
Hiring a Chicago Rear-End Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Are you a motorcyclist severely injured in a rear-end crash? If so, contact the Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for a free consultation and review of your legal rights and options for financial compensation.
Our team of personal injury attorneys understands how the impact of a serious rear-end accident can have on your health and livelihood and stand ready to assist you with your case.
Rear-End Motorcycle Accident FAQs
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that the car driver caused nearly 30% of all rear-end crashes involving passenger vehicles and a motorcycle.
How do I Stop My Motorcycle From Being Rear-Ended?
Distracted driving and "driving while impaired" are serious problems that lead to rear-end accidents. Motorcyclists can reduce the risk of being involved in a rear-end accident using the left and right rearview mirrors.
Additionally, the bike should be equipped with brighter brake and tail lights. The motorcycle rider can increase their safety awareness by being prepared for what is going on behind the bike and not wearing earplugs while moving in traffic.
What is the Number One Cause of Motorcycle Accidents?
Passenger vehicles and commercial trucks making illegal left-hand turns create the most hazardous scenarios for motorcyclists. Left-turn accidents account for over 40% of all motorcycle/passenger vehicle collisions.
Typically, a turning passenger vehicle could strike the bike that is traveling straight through an intersection. Commonly, the passenger vehicle driver will tell the reporting police officer that they never saw the motorcycle approaching before making the turn.
What is the Most Common Motorcycle Injury?
Motorcycle riders have little protection during a crash with an immovable object, moving vehicle, or road debris. The most common severe injuries involve spinal cord damage, paralysis, limb amputation, head trauma, and TBIs (traumatic brain injury).
Laying the bike down during a crash often leads to severe road rash where the biker and passenger slide along the hard roadway surface.
Which Body Region is Most Likely to be Injured in a Motorcycle Crash?
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), motorcycle riders are most likely to injure their lower extremities during an auto accident followed by upper extremities. Older bikers tend to experience a higher incidence rate of thoracic injuries, including multiple rib fractures.
Motorcycles with large engines tend to create head trauma and thoracic injuries over an abdominal injury in a crash. Proportionally, older riders have a higher incidence rate of motorcyclist death compared to younger riders.
What Happens When You Hit Someone on a Motorcycle?
Passenger vehicles can weigh up to 6000 pounds or more, and commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Moving a car or truck at nearly any speeding hitting a motorcycle can cause severe injuries or death.
The weight and forceful impact in the collision are absorbed by the motorcycle and rider, causing damage to organs, thoracic injuries, TBIs (traumatic brain injuries), and wrongful death.
Can You get PTSD From a Motorcycle Accident?
Statistics show that bikers and passengers have more than a 7% chance of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when involved in a serious accident with injuries or death.
PTSD can cause symptoms that include flashbacks to the horrific accident, frightening dreams, impaired memory, avoidance of any reminder of the event, excessive drinking, concentration issues, self-destructive behaviors, and avoiding social activities.
Statistics for Illinois Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents
The Illinois Department of Transportation publishes an annual study that tracks crashes in the state. There were a total of 148 people killed in the State of Illinois in motorcycle crashes in 2016. An astonishing 3,312 individuals suffered from injuries as a result of involvement in motorcycle accidents.
Out of this figure, 1,066 individuals suffered from "Type A" injuries (severe injuries) due to motorcycle crashes. While the report does not distinguish 'rear-end crashes,' it does individuals were involved in "slow" or "stopped in traffic" accidents, which may indicate that a rear-end accident was involved.
There were 467 individuals involved in "other" types of accidents that could also include rear-end collisions.
Causes of Rear-End Accidents
A multitude of factors can cause rear-end accidents. In many accidents, a motorist is negligent or not paying attention to the road. Here are some of the other causes of auto accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- 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 stoplight
- Driving at high speeds. A speeding vehicle takes much longer to stop than vehicles traveling at slower speeds
- Driving under the influence (drunk driving or drugged driving)
- Making a left turn without stopping for oncoming traffic
- Failure to respond to stopping traffic
- Failure to follow motor vehicle traffic rules
How Motorcyclists can Avoid Rear-End Crashes
Motorists can avoid being involved in motorcycle accidents by staying alert while on the road and driving defensively. Motorcycle riders must pay attention to the road so that they can anticipate changing lights, abrupt stops by other drivers, and go with the flow of traffic.
Common injuries associated with vehicle rear-end crashes and hit and run collisions resulting in motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Severed limbs
- Severe organ damage
Insurance Companies' Approach to Evaluating Rear-End Crashes
Many motorcyclists accident victims assume that they can handle their personal injury cases involving a crash from behind.
While this may be true in some circumstances, insurance companies for the at-fault driver may still try to delay or deny the personal injury claim by alleging the accident was caused by a sudden stop made by the motorcyclist or alleging the biker's injuries are not causally related to the incident.
Our Lake County attorneys have seen it all. We've successfully resolved cases involving serious rider injuries such as whiplash, traumatic brain injury, fractures, spinal cord injuries, and even death.
From the time a client retains us, we begin gathering evidence to lock down the liability and damage aspects of each case to work in their best interests.
- Order medical records and medical bills
- Take statements from witnesses
- Photograph property damage as well as our client's injuries
- Request copies of police reports and other materials generated by law enforcement
- Obtain wage loss information from employers
Our law firm work on your behalf can handle your car accident case to ensure that you, or your loved one, receives financial compensation through the insurance policy of those at fault for causing the crash.
Our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers will seek maximum compensation to ensure you have adequate funds for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization costs, rehabilitation and therapy bills, pain, mental anguish, and suffering.
A Chicago Rear-End Motorcycle Accident Lawyer can Help Your Case
The Illinois motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are here to help you. Contact our law firm at any time of the day. We are available to respond to your inquiries and assess your motorcycle accident case and offer input on taking legal action against responsible parties.
Contact our law office today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to speak with a real person about your auto accident. Schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your case, Illinois law, and receiving the full compensation you deserve.