For many motorcyclists, riding a motorcycle is about freedom and fun. But even bikers who follow every law and safety rule still fall victim to bike wrecks caused by motorists.

How do motorcycle accidents happen?

When a motorcycle-car accident occurs, the car’s driver is often to blame. A personal injury attorney can demonstrate how the driver’s actions caused the accident. Common motorcycle accident situations include:

  • A driver who turns left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist.
  • An aggressive driver who tries to edge a motorcyclist out of a lane.
  • A distracted driver who doesn’t see the motorcyclist in the driver’s “blind spot.”
  • A driver who pulls out in front of a motorcyclist.
  • A driver who doesn’t signal and then tries to merge into the motorcyclist’s lane.
  • A tractor-trailer that spills debris along the roadway.
  • A driver who is speeding.
  • A driver who is drinking or using drugs.
  • A driver who is tailgating.

What types of injuries can occur?

A motorcycle offers virtually zero protection in the event of a crash. That’s why injuries in motorcycle accidents are often serious and, in some cases, deadly. A motorcyclist may suffer:

  • Traumatic brain injury: Even riders who wear helmets may suffer brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries impact a person’s ability to think, speak, and move.
  • Spinal cord injury: A rider whose spinal cord is damaged often suffers permanent injuries, including partial or complete paralysis.
  • Road rash: Riders who slide across pavement often suffer skin abrasions.
  • Bruises: A motorcyclist who falls from his bike may be seriously bruised.
  • Broken limbs: Being thrown off a bike can cause a motorcyclist to break an arm or leg.
  • Burns: If the bike or a car catches on fire, a rider may suffer serious burns.
  • Disfigurement: A motorcyclist who suffers broken bones, lacerations, burns, and other injuries may be disfigured for life.
  • Mental anguish: The trauma of surviving a motorcycle crash causes many victims to suffer from mental anguish and emotional distress.
  • Death: Sadly, far too many riders lose their lives in motorcycle crashes.