Motorcycle Head On Collisions
Head On Motorcycle Collisions - What Riders And Car Operators Must Know.
Head-on collisions involving motorcycles happen when the front end of the bike and another vehicle collides with another oncoming vehicle. Unlike a car, however, motorcycle head-on collisions usually involve death, maiming, and total loss property damage claims.
Motorcycle riders are often left in the unfortunate position of exposure to risks and elements that passenger car and commercial vehicle operators rarely face. The fact of the matter is, riders are taking their lives into their hands, percentage-wise. With no roll cage, the risks they face are far much greater than the dangers faced by the occupants of protected vehicles.
The trade-off for the rider is a feeling of liberty and excitement that goes unmatched by virtually any other four-wheeled conveyance. Besides immediately getting to the life-saving ER, a wounded rider must also have a lawyer on call. Being thrown from a bike requires planning ahead. Once in a coma, for example, it is left to the family.
This web page is designed to help a rider understand the real dangers of being hit head-on, and the necessity of knowing who to call as part of future planning in case of a catastrophic riding incident occurring later on down the road.
- The Aftermath of Head-on Collision
- Recent Statistics Trends in Fatal Accidents
- Getting Legal Help After a Motorcycle Head-on-Crash
Sadly, even though the other driver’s liability may be clear, you will most likely have to fight his insurance company to obtain compensation for your lost wages, expensive medical bills, and physical and emotional trauma that you could be entitled to.
Common Causes Of Motorcycle Head-On Collisions.
The most common and dangerous cause of a motorcycle head-on collision is when another vehicle operator negligently veers into another rider's oncoming lane or is driving on a one-way lane, or simply driving on the wrong side of the road. A tourist from the UK, for example, may just be confused, or it could be another reason, as discussed below.
What are some other reasons these horrific crashes can occur:
- Distracted driving - There are a number of ways drivers get distracted. For example, texting while driving, eating fast food, playing with radio dials, or GPS controls, or looking at billboards, instead of paying attention to the road. Anytime a person takes their eyes or minds away from the mission of driving, they can easily veer into an oncoming motorcyclist's lane or turn onto a wrong way road. All it takes is a few short seconds, and boom, rider down.
- Drug or alcohol Impaired driving - Driving while intoxicated by legal or illegal substances makes the vehicle operator lose normal brain functions, reducing reaction time, ability to reason, and overall focus. Because of this, the other driver can become sleepy, drowsy, or simply pass out while behind the wheel. For example, a senior citizen on prescription Prozac or Xanax can simply slide into the wrong lane onto a highway ramp, or intersection, colliding with an unsuspecting motorcyclist.
- Driver fatigue - As with impaired driving not eating right, or taking proper breaks in between mile markers, can lead to fatigue and lack of sensory perception. For example, when drowsy or fatigued big rig truckers nod off, even for just a few seconds can cause a head-on collision with a motorcycle rider. Most of all, mindless driving like this got so bad, that federal and state guidelines were passed to force truckers to take rest stops.
- Trying to beat traffic signals (Left Hand Turns) - A very common cause of motorcycle head-on collisions are when the other driver turning left speeds up to beat the yellow light from turning red. Often, they fail to see the oncoming motorcyclist, as they are more focused on the traffic light signal phasing. Hence, these vehicle operators can swerve into an oncoming motorcyclist, killing or maiming them.
- Speeding and street racing - When street racers or speeders are trying to beat traffic and get to their destinations quicker, their excessive rate of speed slows their physical reaction times. Because of this, drag racers, in particular, have been known to lose control, swerving their cars into the opposite lane of an oncoming bike, as they are sliding out or fishtailing, trying to get control of their vehicle back.
- Unsafe passing on a two-lane highway - We have all seen this at one time or another. Unsafe passing happens when a motorist attempts to pass slower-moving vehicle traffic at the broken yellow lines on two-lane roads. Or the passing vehicle may try and illegally pass on solid yellows. Either way, the other vehicle has insufficient time to safely pass, they may do so haphazardly. Also, since motorcyclists are far less visible than say, a passenger car, truck, or a bus it may be too late for the car to avoid hitting the motorcycle rider.
- Road debris related head-on collisions - Road debris, especially after a storm or flood can force other vehicles, including bikers to take evasive action. Even when the government does its job to remove lane obstructions, obstacles like hail bails falling from a flatbed truck can force a motorist to swerve suddenly into another person's lane, or even cause them to fly across the center median into oncoming motorcycle traffic.
- Unsafe or high speed turns - When a car or another motorized vehicle loses control on a curve while driving too fast for the conditions presented, they can quickly launch their cars into the wrong lane. It goes without saying that unsafe turns are a major cause of killer head-on vehicle crashes.
- Lane splitting - When a cyclist shares lanes with an inattentive driver, the rider loses in most cases and it runs over, badly hurt, or killed.
What Are Some Common Head-On Collision Injuries?
Head-on collisions to motorcycle riders naturally lead to more fatalities and severe, permanent injuries than those to occupants of enclosed vehicles. Even if the rider is wearing safety gear and even choosing the right DOT approved helmet, the G-forces involved will mean certain injury at a minimum. Imagine the forces of a speeding, oncoming motorist especially when the negligent driver is going the wrong way while driving on a busy highway or intersection.
Most of the time, the other drivers won't have the visibility or the time to evade the crash. Sometimes even when they brake and try and slow down, the motorcyclist may flip or drop their bike while trying to avoid getting run over by the oncoming car.
Common motorcycle head-on crash injuries you could suffer include:
- Severe spine and neck injuries like disc burst fracture or even tetraplegia, or partial paralysis.
- Degloving and amputations from compound fractures or outright dismemberment.
- CTE, mild traumatic, or traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures.
- Damage to internal organs, internal bleeding, and hematomas.
- Lacerations, cuts, and piercings from flying or falling objects.
- Broken arms, legs, wrist, and facial fractures.
- Whiplash, and other soft-tissue injuries.
The deadly threat of a motorcycle head-on catastrophe is a real possibility for all riders of LA roads. The immediate aftermath of a wreck like this, typically sees a rider facing lengthy hospital stays, and a long road of physical therapy, possibly job re-training, or worse, a trip to the funeral parlor.
This is true irrespective of how fast the rider was traveling. Even a snail's pace head-on crash sees the rider confronting another enclosed vehicle that is also traveling in the opposite direction, directly into cyclists.
- Recent Trends in Fatal Motorcycle Crashes.
"In 2005 there were 4,553 motorcycle rider fatalities, of which 2,021 (44%) were from single-vehicle crashes, and 2,532 (56%) were from multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes. Of the 2,532 deaths from multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes, 2,260 (89%) were from two-vehicle motorcycle crashes. More than 85% of the 2,260 motorcycle riders killed in two-vehicle crashes were in accidents involving passenger vehicles. Among the fatalities in two-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles and passenger vehicles, 98% of the fatalities were motorcycle riders, and only 2% of the deaths were passenger vehicle occupants."
In fact, as discussed, a large swatch of these cases involve loss of life, and serious brain injuries, if the rider even can make it out alive. Survivors left dealing with the grief, and financial strain of the loss of the breadwinner must hire a veteran advocate. In fact, they need a personal injury lawyer who can carry the day both inside and outside of the courtroom.
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In fact, only 5% of lawyers are selected. Ehline is also a vetted officer in the Legal Torch consumer law publication. Also, he is a regular contributor to Personal Injury Lawyer Warriors Magazine.
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So Ehline Law Firm is the professional law corporation families call. We are the logical choice. Families faced with terrible emotional scars after a wreck call us. As a matter of fact, these are families often ripped off by shyster insurance adjusters. So we act as their sword and shield during this difficult time.
Cases like this often require around-the-clock medical care. Most of all, fallen riders may need assistance for the simplest tasks. And these are things a whole person would take for granted. So this is serious stuff. Call (213) 596-9642 now. Takes a few minutes and get a no hassle consult from riding attorney.
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“Fatal Two-Vehicle Motorcycle Crashes (NHTSA)”: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/810834