Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents in New York
Unfortunately, it is common for motorcyclists to suffer some of the most serious injuries when they are involved in accidents. The injuries are often a lot worse when they are rear-ended by a vehicle that is driving behind them, such as a traditional sedan, van, or even a commercial truck. The rear-ended collision tends to cause injuries that are much worse because the motorcyclist might even fly off the bike, causing them to land on the ground, on top of another vehicle, or somewhere in the middle of the street.
Different injuries can occur after a rear-ended accident happens. Sometimes the injuries are not as severe and may include road rash and fractured body parts. There are times when these injuries are much worse and involve broken bones, traumatic injuries to the head and neck, spinal cord damage, and more. It is even worse when the biker does not have proper safety gear on that could have otherwise provided some protection when the collision occurred.
Trauma to the Head
After a motorcycle accident where the individual was rear-ended by another vehicle, the motorcyclist will likely suffer some trauma to the head. The extent of the trauma will depend on the impact of that collision and the injuries that were initially sustained. The person on the bike may have hit his or her head against something, causing a concussion and internal bleeding. In some cases, glass and/or other sharp objects may have caused lacerations to the head. Foreign objects that enter the brain and skull can cause damaging effects on a person’s cognitive ability and mobility in general. Head trauma can eventually cause disabilities that are permanent.
Serious Back Injuries
Although head trauma is common, it is not the only injury that often occurs when a motorcyclist is involved in a rear-end accident. Such a serious accident can cause major back injuries. If the motorcyclist lands on his or her back after falling from the bike, the impact can lead to spinal damage, causing the individual to break his or her back and possibly even become paralyzed. Paralysis can occur when extensive damage occurs to the spinal cord and nerves. It would change a person’s life forever.
Death From the Collision
Some motorcyclists will not survive the collision because their injuries are too extensive. A rear-end motorcycle accident can cause a person to lose their life because of blunt force trauma or even excessive bleeding. When a person dies from their injuries, the family is left behind to handle the aftermath of the motorcycle accident. They may need to pursue a claim against the person who rear-ended their loved one in the first place.
Hiring a Lawyer to Seek Compensation
A biker could potentially recover compensation for injuries when he or she is not at fault for causing the accident. If the motorcyclist passed away, his or her loved ones could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person who caused the rear-end accident. Even if the motorcyclist is still alive, filing a claim to seek compensation may be a necessity now that the individual will likely need to constantly receive medical treatment.
Contact A New York Personal Injury Lawyer To Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case Today
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a motorcycle accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Proner & Proner represents clients injured due to motorcycle crashes in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and throughout New York. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503, New York, New York 10165, as well as offices in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Bethel, and Queens.
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