Sudden Stops Can Cause Serious Accidents for Motorcyclists
When one car suddenly stops in front of another car, it may only cause a minor fender bender but when a sudden stop accident involves a motorcyclist, injuries can be much more severe or even fatal.
Motorcycle accident lawyers G.R. (Randy) Akin and Greg Burton help those who have been injured in sudden stop motorcycle accidents get the settlement they deserve for their injuries and other damages. Victims of motorcycle accidents and sudden stops in Longview, TX, or surrounding areas are encouraged to contact G.R. Akin, P.C. to learn more about their options for recovering compensation for their injuries.
About Sudden Stop Accidents
A sudden stop accident refers to a situation in which a leading vehicle quickly stops, often slamming on their brakes. Sudden stops can result in accidents when the stop is so fast, the vehicle following it doesn’t have time to react and brake before colliding with the stopped vehicle.
Sometimes a sudden stop can cause a chain reaction. The vehicle following the stopped vehicle may stop in time but end up being rear-ended by the vehicle following them.
Either scenario is dangerous for motorcyclists, potentially causing serious injuries or even death.
Causes of Sudden Stop Accidents
Sudden stop accidents in Longview can happen for many reasons. Sometimes there’s little that could have been done to prevent the accident, for instance, when a vehicle must suddenly stop due to a large tree limb falling on the road. Other times the accident could have been avoided if motorists were paying more attention while driving or driving at safe speeds for the road conditions.
While there are many possible causes for motorcycle accidents from sudden stops, some of the more common causes include:
- Distracted driving
- Road hazards
- Pedestrian crossing the street
- Following too close
- Broken brake lights
- Reckless driving
Types of Injuries in Sudden Stop Accidents
When a vehicle suddenly stops in front of a motorcyclist, it can lead to serious injuries. Because motorcyclists are far more exposed than people in cars, motorcyclists may be hit by debris, another vehicle, or may be thrown off of their motorcycle by the force of a collision.
For motorcyclists involved in sudden stop accidents, the best case scenario is little to no injuries but often injuries are far more severe. Some types of injuries motorcyclists may suffer from in a sudden stop accident include:
- Scrapes, cuts, and bruising
- Broken bones
- Limb amputation
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Full or partial paralysis from spinal injuries
Motorcycle riders involved in accidents caused by sudden stops may be entitled to financial compensation for damages such as:
- Medical costs
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Loss of future wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Whether an injured motorcyclist is entitled to compensation for their losses and how much they can collect depends on many factors including who is at fault, the amount each party is responsible for fault, the extent of injuries, and property damage.
Consulting a personal injury lawyer can help determine fault and improve settlement outcomes for injured motorcyclists.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and would like to speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer, call our Longview office at (903) 297-8929 or schedule a consultation online.