Motorcycle Accidents and Sudden Stops

By Larry A. Tawwater on June 16, 2018

A motorcycle accidentIf all drivers followed the rules of the road and practiced safe driving habits, far fewer accidents would occur on the nation’s roadways. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore driving regulations because they are in a hurry or not paying attention to their driving.

This type of reckless driving can result in different types of motor vehicle accidents. Motorcycle crashes are particularly devasting because they can seriously injure or kill riders. Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a number of factors. In rear end accidents, the most common cause is drivers coming to a sudden stop.

At Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC, we represent riders that have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a sudden stop. Contact our Oklahoma City, OK law firm today to have one of our attorneys review your case.

When the Motorcycle Strikes the Backend of Another Vehicle

When a motorcyclist hits the back of the leading vehicle, it is often because the driver of the leading vehicle has suddenly slammed on the brakes. This could be due to:

  • Drivers quickly change lanes so they don’t miss a turn or on-ramp.
  • Drivers quickly stopping to avoid hitting another car or object in the road.
  • Drivers quickly stopping due to traffic.
  • Drivers rapidly changing lanes in traffic.

While people often think that the rear-ending vehicle is at-fault in this type of accident, there are cases in which the leading driver is liable. Hiring a skilled motorcycle accident attorney to investigate your case and show fault on the part of the other driver can help you obtain damages.

When the Motorcycle Is Hit from Behind by Another Vehicle

There are some cases in which the motorcyclist comes to a sudden stop and is hit from behind by the trailing vehicle. The driver of the tailing vehicle may be at fault if:

  • The driver is following too closely.
  • The driver is changing lanes and didn’t see the motorcyclist.
  • The driver is speeding.
  • The driver is distracted by a cell phone, eating, or some other activity.

Common Injuries

Injuries in motorcycle accidents can be serious because of the lack of protection for riders. In addition, the force of the impact due to a sudden stop can catapult the rider into the air, causing the rider to hit the ground or another object with extreme force.

Riders may suffer brain damage, spinal cord injury, paralysis, road rash, disfigurement, broken bones, and internal injuries. In the worst cases, motorcycle riders can be killed as a result of an accident due to a sudden stop.

Damages in Motorcycle Accident Cases

The injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can result in temporary or permanent disability. If the accident was caused by another person or party’s negligent or reckless actions, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In the case of a wrongful death, damages may include funeral expenses and loss of companionship.

To have one of our attorneys review your motorcycle accident case, contact Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC.

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