Late last year a motorcyclist died after his motorcycle was rear-ended by a pickup truck near the Santa Clara County fairgrounds. The driver of the pickup truck, a white Ford F-250, left the scene of the accident according to the San Jose police. This is just another example of how vulnerable a motorcyclist is when involved in a rear-end collision with another vehicle. In many cases, the rider is unaware that the vehicle approaching from behind is not going to stop until it is too late to do anything to prevent the collision. If you have been injured in a rear-end motorcycle accident, our motorcycle accidents attorneys can help.
The Levinson Law Group, headed by Gordon R. Levinson, has successfully represented motorcycle riders in rear-end accident claims. Gordon uses his knowledge and expertise as a former insurance defense attorney to protect the legal rights of motorcycle riders who have been injured in rear-end collisions. He also represents the families of motorcyclists who have been killed due to the negligence of another driver.
Due to the substantial damages incurred in a motorcycle accident, you need motorcycle accidents attorneys on your side who understands California personal injury laws and who understands how to battle insurance companies and their adjusters to ensure accident victims receive a fair and just settlement. For your free consultation call 1.866.643.HURT (4878) today. We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case you pay no fee. And in most cases, we even advance the costs.
Rear-end Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers
Rear-end collisions involving motorcycles are often the result of a distracted driver. An overwhelming percentage of Californians admit to driving while distracted and almost being hit by a distracted driver. Teen drivers are particularly susceptible to distracted driving. AAA reports that one in six teen crashes involve driver distraction of some type. In distracted driving situations and other situations where motorcyclists are at risk of being rear-ended due to driver error, crash-avoidance technology can help avoid rear-end collisions.
In a Special Investigation Report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded “A collision warning system, particularly when paired with active braking, such as dynamic brake support and autonomous emergency braking, could significantly reduce the frequency and severity of rear-end crashes.” Automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems work to prevent rear-end collisions by using two systems that work with or without driver intervention. The first system uses crash imminent braking (CIB) to apply the brakes when a rear-end collision is imminent and the driver is not apply the brakes. The second system, dynamic brake support (DBS), supplements the braking system when the driver does not apply sufficient force with the brakes to avoid the rear-end collision.
As part of its ongoing mission to reduce rear-end crashes, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it has updated its 5-Star rating to include vehicles that have an automatic emergency braking system as part of the standard equipment package beginning in 2018. According to the announcement by the NHTSA, 10 of the major car manufacturers have committed to including an AEB system as a standard feature in all of their new vehicles. The hope is that by having an AEB system as a standard option on new vehicles, the number of rear-end collisions will decrease.
Common Injuries in a Rear-end Motorcycle Accident
The injuries sustained in a rear-end motorcycle accident can be devastating. Often the rider suffers life-altering, permanent injuries that prevent the rider from returning to his or her normal life even after maximum medical recovery. Common injuries motorcycle accidents attorneys see in these types of vehicle crashes include:
- Spinal cord injury (SCI) and paralysis
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Closed head injuries
- Broken and/or crushed limbs
- Fractures and broken facial bones
- Whiplash and other neck and back injuries
- Internal bleeding and internal organ damage
- Serious burns and/or road rash
Because of the seriousness of rear-end motorcycle crashes, riders and their families should consult with experienced motorcycle accidents attorneys as soon as possible after a motorcycle crash.
Contact Experienced California Motorcycle
The motorcycle accidents attorneys of The Levinson Law Group represent clients throughout California. Contact our office at 1-760-827-1700 or use our convenient online contact form to ask a question or to schedule a free consultation.
The Levinson Law Group continues our work to make our community a better place by participating in volunteer work; promoting safe driving; and, seeking justice for accident victims and their families.