Motorcycle riders have to be diligent and aware of their surroundings at all times. While most drivers are responsible and attentive, there are still many motorists who get distracted and lose focus of the road. When drivers are distracted, motorcyclists are in the most danger because, while they can maneuver into spaces that other vehicles cannot, their compact size makes it more difficult for distracted drivers to see them—this is how many motorcycle accidents occur and the injuries can be fatal.
Attorney Brian Steed Tatum has years of experience in helping North Carolina’s and South Carolina’s injured riders and their families in dealing with the devastating consequences of motorcycle collisions. His experience ensures that injured clients receive the fullest compensation allowed by law.
Rear-end shunt accidents involving motorcycles are less common than many other types of accidents; however, they can also be more catastrophic. A rear-end shunt occurs when a vehicle hits the back of another vehicle causing it to lurch or “shunt” forward, sometimes into another vehicle. Occasionally, a rear-end shunt collision will occur with a motorcycle being hit and shunted forward.
These types of accidents can be caused by distracted, inattentive, or impaired drivers who either do not see the motorcycle slowing or stopped at an intersection. When motorcycles downshift or roll out of the throttle, the bike slows without activating its brake lights. An inattentive or distracted driver is likely to hit a biker if he or she does not realize that the motorcycle is slowing or coming to a stop.
While these accidents are rare, they are often fatal to motorcyclists. Unfortunately, riders cannot react when this type of accidents occurs. A rider who is stopped at an intersection who is rear-ended can be thrown from the bike into oncoming traffic, resulting in the rider being hit by another vehicle in the intersection, which can be catastrophic. On the other hand, if a motorcyclist is stopped behind another vehicle and is rear-ended, the size and weight of the motorcycle are not enough to protect the rider from being crushed in between the two larger vehicles.
Whether you are an injured motorcyclist, or a family member of a rider who was killed in a rear-end collision, it is important to seek legal assistance in order to determine your rights. An experienced motorcycle collision attorney can provide the guidance and support needed to pursue legal recourse.
While being involved in a motorcycle accident can be devastating, the Tatum Law Firm is committed to serving clients involved in motorcycle crashes in North Carolina and South Carolina. Our experienced and dedicated motorcycle accident attorney, Brian Steed Tatum, will carefully pursue your claims in order to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a rear-end motorcycle collision, please contact our office for assistance at (704) 307-4350 or reach out online for a free case evaluation.