Rear-ending is one of the most common types of traffic accidents in America. A rear end collision involves one vehicle being hit from behind by another. These accidents often happen when the driver is unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. If you’re in a car, being rear-ended might leave you with a dented bumper or some other minor damage to your vehicle. However, if you get rear-ended on a motorcycle, you could potentially suffer some serious injuries.
Though the driver in the rear is often blamed for the crash, in motorcycle rear-end collisions it can be more difficult to prove who is at fault. Motorcycle riders are often assumed to be reckless drivers, meaning they are more likely to be blamed in many traffic accidents. But motorcyclists can be victims too, and it’s important to take those situations seriously. If you were injured in a rear-end collision on a motorcycle where you were not at fault, here’s what your next moves should be.
Seek medical attention
The first thing you should do after being rear-ended by a car on a motorcycle is seek medical attention. Motorcycles are less protected in road accidents than enclosed vehicles. Therefore, you are highly likely to sustain some kind of injuries during a collision. Even if you’re not in severe pain, you could have suffered injuries or whiplash during the accident that you’re unaware of. Common areas injured in these types of collisions are the neck, back, arms, and skull.
Consulting a medical professional after being rear-ended will also help you gauge the financial and personal impact of your injuries. This is valuable information if you plan on pursuing legal action. Knowing what level of medical attention and inconvenience is demanded by your pain will help determine what kind of settlement you could win.
Speak to an Attorney
The next thing you should do after the accident is contact an attorney. Many firms offer a free consultation, which can help you decide whether you want to file a suit. If you choose to go that route, you have to take on the burden of proving that the accident was not your fault. Since lawyers are tasked with gathering and presenting evidence, it is crucial that you choose an attorney who has expertise in representing motorcyclists in accidents that cause injuries.
Inland Empire Motorcycle Law is a firm of dedicated attorneys in Riverside, CA. Not only does each member of our team have extensive knowledge and experience representing motorcycle accident cases, we’re riders ourselves, so we have firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing motorcyclists on the road and in court.