What happens if I'm rear-ended while riding my motorcycle?

back_of_motorcycleRear-end accidents are often relatively minor when they occur between two passenger vehicles, but these crashes can be devastating when they involve a passenger vehicle hitting a motorcycle.

Statistics from a 2015 report conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated there were more than 4,600 fatal motorcycle crashes in the U.S.—170 of those in Pennsylvania.  

Rear-end accidents are often caused by motorists who aren't paying attention, like distracted drivers; or those with
reduced judgment or slowed reaction times, such as drunk, drugged, or drowsy drivers.

Unlike people riding in a vehicle, a motorcyclist has no steel frame of protection in the event of a crash. The severity of the accident and resulting injuries depend in part on the vehicle's speed at the time of impact. Even at low speeds, a motorcyclist can be forcibly thrown from the bike. At high speeds, the front of the vehicle can lift the motorcycle's rear tire, hurling the motorcyclist to the ground or even under the vehicle.

Common injuries attributed to motorcycle rear-end accidents include:

  • Severe abrasion injuries, also known as “road rash”
  • Lacerations
  • Contusions
  • Facial and dental injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Broken bones
  • Concussions
  • Moderate or severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Herniated discs
  • Partial or total paralysis
  • Amputations

After being rear-ended, an injured motorcyclist may need extensive medical care and require time off work for recovery. While this can put a strain on an accident victim's finances, if the crash was caused by a negligent motorist, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Take Action Now to Protect Your Recovery

If you're a motorcyclist who was injured when rear-ended by a negligent motorist, you may be entitled to compensation. It's important to act now to protect any potential recovery.

Contact the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your motorcycle accident case. Our lawyers are eager to help you understand your legal rights and options.


Pellegrino Certa
Pittsburgh Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney