Motorcyclists are completely exposed in the event of an auto collision. Whether the biker is hit from behind or the side, the consequences are often catastrophic in terms of the potential for injury or death. For this reason, bikers need to learn about different accident scenarios and how to avoid them. In this article, we will discuss rearward-striking crashes.
Most hits from behind happen while the biker is stopped at a red light. For whatever reason, the driver isn't watching what's happening and plows into the back of the biker. One of the best ways to avoid circumstances like this is to use other cars as protective "crumple zones." To take advantage of this protective zone, scoot your bike to the head of the line at a red light. Use cars that are already stopped as a barrier of protection.
Of course, some motorists won't take kindly to you skipping to the front of the line, so make sure you give them a polite wave as you gingerly move forward like this. They should understand when you're being aggressive about it. If the head of the line is too far away, slip in between two cars ahead of you wherever you can find space. Alternatively, position your bike off to the side of the road if no other vehicles are around to serve as protection.
Police and traffic courts will usually assign fault or blame to the striking car in a rear-end crash. As such, if you were hit from the back while riding a motorcycle, you might be on the right side of the law. Our personal injury law firm can help you evaluate fault and potential liability related to your accident. Contact us now for a thorough evaluation.