Motorcycle accidents occur for many reasons. This includes other drivers not seeing or reacting properly to motorcycles. They can also happen as a result of distracted driving or reckless driving. Understanding the most frequent types of motorcycle accidents can help you see just how damaging they can be.
Types of Nebraska Motorcycle Accidents
No matter what causes your accident, understanding who is at fault is critical. Sometimes, this comes down to understanding how the accident occurred. Motorcycle crashes can occur from various angles. This results in different types of injuries and outcomes.
T-Bone Motorcycle Accidents
This type of accident occurs when one vehicle is going straight, and another is turning. This may happen if a driver does not see the motorcycle or does not give the motorcycle rider enough room. Riders may be thrown from their motorcycles. This can result in numerous broken bones, whiplash, and lacerations. It may also cause paralysis or even death.
Head-On Motorcycle Crashes
Sometimes drivers strike head-on, which means they strike each other while driving towards each other. In some situations, these occur when one driver overcompensates in a turn. They may also occur because a driver crosses the center line due to being distracted. Other times, motorists simply don’t see the bike rider. These injuries can be extensive. They may include broken bones, lacerations, head injuries, and death.
Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents
In a rear-end accident, a driver strikes the other from behind. These are common types of motor vehicle accidents. They may occur as a result of distracted driving or failing to see the motorcycle present. The force from this type of accident can cause the motorcycle rider to be thrown over the handlebars of their bike onto the roadway. It may lead to broken bones, concussions, spinal cord injuries, or death.
Left Turn Motorcycle Accidents
Perhaps the easiest accident to occur when drivers are not paying attention, left turn accidents are very dangerous. In these accidents, a driver is trying to turn left and fails to see the motorcycle. As a result, the motorcycle strikes the vehicle or the vehicle hits the motorcycle. The rider often goes flying, leading to serious head injuries, broken limbs, and spinal cord injuries. The speed of the impact can lead to sudden death as well.
Other Types of Motorcycle Accidents
There are other ways a motorcycle rider can be hit by a vehicle or otherwise suffer injury from an accident. These include:
- Side-swipe accidents where a vehicle passes too close to the rider, causing him or her to fall
- Lane change motorcycle accidents occur when a vehicle does not see a motorcycle and cuts him or her off, often leading to impact with lane barrier walls or the road
- Road hazard accidents related to materials that fall out of trucks or otherwise are present on surfaces, causing the motorcycle rider to fall
In any of these accidents, the injuries can be extensive. Impact with the road or barriers can be deadly, especially when done at a high speed. Motorcycle riders may also suffer significant injury from road rash, which occurs when their skin impacts the surface of the road leading to extensive scrapes and skin damage.
How a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help You
When you’re in a motorcycle accident, your first priority is to get medical help. After immediate medical needs are taken care of, document what happens at the scene, gather witness statements, and reach out to a motorcycle accident attorney.
Motorcycle accident personal injury claims are complex cases, often with sizable damages from serious injury. You may also have many months or years of rehabilitation. Some individuals face chronic pain from the onset of this condition as well. Our goal is to help you to determine what compensation you are owed so you have the resources you need to recover to the fullest extent possible.
The Law Office of Matthew A. Lathrop, PC, LLO fights to protect your right to compensation after motorcycle accidents. Call for a free consultation.