A 63-year-old Bradenton man died after his motorcycle reportedly collided with a PT Cruiser the afternoon of January 4. According to state troopers, the motorcyclist did not notice when the PT Cruiser’s driver stopped for traffic at an intersection, and he then ran his bike into the back of the vehicle.
The dangers of rear-end motorcycle accidents
In many cases, rear-end accidents are relatively minor when they involve two passenger vehicles. But when one of those vehicle is a motorcycle, the results can be devastating. When a motorcycle rider runs into the back of a car, truck or SUV, the bike will stop while the rider’s momentum carries him or her over the handle bars and toward the rear end of the other vehicle. Sometimes, the rider may fly over the car and land in front of it, causing serious injuries.
An equally dangerous scenario is when a car rear-ends a motorcycle. When this occurs, the motorcycle’s back wheel may lift off the ground and push the bike forward, sending the rider crashing into the pavement. When this collision happens at high speeds, the car could even run over the motorcyclist because there’s simply not enough time to stop.
All motorists, including motorcycle riders, should be aware of their surroundings and do whatever it takes to prevent serious and fatal crashes like this recent incident in Bradenton. To learn more about your options if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, meet with a skilled Florida motorcycle accident lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.