Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are a very common occurrence. Millions of people are injured in motorcycle crashes every year in the United States alone. While the statistics are chilling, understanding the various types of motorcycle accidents, as well as their causes, can help raise awareness and prevention. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Finkelstein & Partners, LLP today. Our team of personal injury attorneys has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation.
There are two main motorcycle accident classifications. These are low side and high side crashes. Low side crashes occur as a result of either too much braking or speed while rounding a corner. This usually results in the bike sliding to the side, ending up on the same side as the way the driver was cornering. Low side crashes are usually less damaging than high side crashes, as low side crashes do not throw riders over the front end of the motorcycle. Many riders will experience a low side crash if they continue to brake as they are going through a turn.
There are two types of accidents that are associated with low side crashes. These are front wheel crashes and rear wheel crashes. Front wheel crashes occur as a result of the rider tipping the bike over too much, causing the front wheel to lose its grip with the road. In these instances, usually the bike and the rider will slide off the road. With these types of crashes, if the rider is wearing the appropriate protective gear, they can usually escape such accidents relatively unharmed rear wheel accidents are almost always caused by driving too fast. In these cases the back wheel of the motor cycle will lose its grip with the road, causing the bike and the rider to slide. Again, if the rider is wearing the appropriate protective gear, they can usually escape these accidents with minimal injury.
The injury risk associated with low side motorcycle accidents is usually minimal. As long as the rider is wearing a durable jacket, pants, boots, gloves and a helmet, they will slide off the bike to the rear side of it and escape unscathed. However, bruising or minor lacerations have occurred with such accidents due to sliding on pavement and in the event that an ankle or leg should become trapped under the bike, more serious consequences may occur.
High side accidents are caused by the rear wheel of the bike losing grip with the ground and then violently regaining it. High side accidents are usually much more dangerous, as the rider is usually flung over the front end of the motorcycle. This puts the rider in the path of the moving bike, which can have catastrophic results if the bike is moving at a high speed. These types of accidents are most common when a rider over corrects a rear wheel side. This causes the rear end of the bike to lose grip and then violently regain it, causing the bike and the rider to move in opposite directions.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Finkelstein & Partners, LLP today. Our team of personal injury attorneys has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation while fighting for the compensation you need and deserve. Call us today at (800) 529-2676. You may also email us at [email protected] at any time.