Being hit from behind by another vehicle is a common accident on the road and for motorcycles it is no different. Unfortunately in the case of a motorcycle, there is little protection from injury when directly hit by a larger car or truck.
Almost all rear-end collisions are the fault of the motorist that hits the other vehicle, usually due to some type of reckless behavior. When these accidents happen to a motorcycle rider, the injuries can be very serious and even fatal.
Causes Of Rear-End Accidents Involving Cyclists
There are many causes of rear-end accidents, however, there is rarely a good reason. When a vehicle slams into another that is directly in their line of sight, it is hard to defend that behavior. Even when the proceeding vehicle has to stop quickly, if the driver behind them has left enough room between them and is paying attention, they should be able to stop in time. Common causes of rear-end accidents include:
- Distraction. The following driver was distracted by their cell phone, their radio or even another accident on the road
- Speeding. The driver was going to fast to stop in time or driving aggressively
- Following too closely. The driver did not leave enough room between them and the vehicle in front of them, also known as tailgating
- Impaired driving. The driver’s reflexes were slowed by drugs or alcohol
Regardless of the cause, rear-end accidents can cause extreme damage to both the motorcycle and the rider. This type of direct impact can lead to the rider being thrown from the bike and even run over.
Illinois State Law Regarding Tailgating
As is the case for most states, Illinois has specific laws regarding following too closely or tailgating. According to Illinois motorist law (625 ILCS 5/11-710) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-710):
Following too closely. (a) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.
Motorcycle Fatalities Due To Driver Negligence
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association and the Department of Transportation did a study on two-vehicle motorcycle fatal crashes to determine the causes and contributing factors in these accidents. They looked at the fatalities from 2005 that involved a motorcycle and another vehicle. Some of the statistics they found were;
- 98% of the fatalities in two-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle were riders of the motorcycles
- 85% of motorcycle rider fatality accidents with two vehicles involved a passenger vehicle.
- 56,000 motorcyclists were killed in two-vehicle accidents between 1975-2005
- 204 motorcyclist fatalities in 2005 were due to rear-end accidents
The glaring element of the study was the risk of fatality for motorcyclist in any two-vehicle crash, including rear-end accidents.
Defending You Right To Compensation In A Rear-end Motorcycle Accident
When a motorcyclist is struck from behind by another vehicle, they are often going to sustain serious injuries. In these types of severe accidents, riders and their families will incur large medical bills, income loss and other expenses. To ensure that you or your loved ones injuries are fully covered and compensated for, hire a motorcycle accident law firm in Chicago that is looking out for your best interests, not those of the insurance companies.
Lawyers at the Chicago Injury Center have proudly represented many motorcyclists that have been injured due to distracted and negligent drivers. We understand the pain and stress that come with being a victim of a rear-end collision. Give us a chance to learn about your case at a free consultation, with no obligation to you. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are well versed in motorcycle crash litigation can go over your options and discuss what our team can do for you.