According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) close to 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in 2015 alone. Riding a motorcycle is dangerous, especially in Florida. It’s even more dangerous when other drivers are negligent. Rear-end collisions are especially dangerous for motorcycles and are frequently the result of another driver’s negligence.
A rear-end collision typically occurs when a motorcycle comes to a stop, and the vehicle behind it strikes the motorcycle. Motorcyclists face a greater risk of being involved in a rear-end collision and are more likely to suffer serious, debilitating injuries as a result.
Causes of Rear-end Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents may be caused by a multitude of factors. In many rear-end motorcycle accidents, a driver is negligent or is not paying attention to the road. Some causes of rear-end motorcycle accidents include:
- Driver inattention
- Distracted driving caused by using a cell phone, adjusting the radio, programming a GPS system, or talking to passengers in the car
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Failure to respond to stopping traffic
- Failure to follow traffic rules
Drivers can avoid rear-end motorcycle accidents by paying attention to the road. Motorcycles stop differently than cars, and it is very important that drivers pay attention and give a motorcycle plenty of room to stop.
Injuries Caused by Rear-end Motorcycle Accidents
The impact of a rear-end motorcycle accident can be severe. In many cases, the motorcyclist can go flying over the handlebars of the motorcycle and land on the pavement in front of the bike. In some cases, the motorcycle can be flipped end over end. Even low-speed rear-end collisions can cause injury. This type of collision can result in serious injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Road rash
- Crush injuries
- Limb amputations
- Facial injuries
Contact a Tampa Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end motorcycle collision, you may need the help of an experienced Tampa motorcycle accident attorney. Let the attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk demonstrate their 30 years of experience helping motorcycle accident victims. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 today to set up your free consultation.