Colorado Head-On Motorcycle Accidents | 2022 Update

Head-On Motorcycle Accidents

Written by Jeremy D. Earle, JD

January 18, 2023

Claims for Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Head-on Collisions

In contrast to the rest of the nation, the probability of getting involved in a motorcycle accident is relatively high in Colorado. Every year, hundreds of accidents occur, with thousands of riders suffering catastrophic and life-altering injuries.

Because there is little to no space between a rider and a collision, motorcycle accidents are particularly hazardous compared to other motor car accidents. There are, however, inevitable motorcycle accidents that are more serious than others. Head-on collisions are the most dangerous of these accidents.

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What is the difference between a head-on collision and a side-on collision?

A head-on accident occurs when two cars going in opposite directions collide and collide with the front of their cars. In addition to motorcycles, head-on crashes occur with cars, trucks, and various other cars, but the injuries may be more severe when a motorcycle is involved.

Because of the impact and how vulnerable motorcyclists are, head-on crashes with motorcycles can inflict more serious injuries than many other accidents. At best, a rider will be wearing a helmet and a complete set of protective padded clothes, but this is not often the case.

When a motorcycle is engaged in a head-on accident, they absorb the entire speed of the opposing car and the forces created by their speed. As a result, the forces at work are substantially greater than in a rear-end or sideswipe collision.

A biker may be flung free of their motorcycle or have their body connect with the other car, depending on the size of the car. If a biker is set loose, he or she will soar rather high and far.

When they fall, there’s a chance they’ll strike something that will amplify the impact, such as a static object or perhaps another car. Due to the enormous forces at play, if they strike the other car engaged in the head-on crash with their body, it will suffer huge levels of harm.

Causes of Head-On Collisions:

  • Driver Distraction
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Car Malfunction
  • Speeding
  • Violation of Traffic Laws
  • Lack of Motorcyclist Visibility
  • Injuries from a Head-On Collision
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are a kind of traumatic brain injury

A helmet is one of the most important items of gear for a motorcycle rider. Wearing a good motorcycle helmet has been demonstrated in research after study to greatly lower the odds of having a traumatic brain injury due to an accident. Brain-on crashes are so powerful that even if a biker wears a helmet, they may inflict serious head injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries occur when a person’s brain is damaged due to a severe force acting on the head or a violent jerking of the head. Traumatic brain injuries may result in severe cognition-related symptoms as a result of brain damage. Concussions, penetrating brain injuries, coup-contrecoup injuries, brain contusions, and diffuse axonal injuries are common traumatic brain injuries.

Internal Wounds

Bikers who are engaged in head-on crashes experience severe physical damage, which may lead to internal ailments. The severity of these injuries varies depending on where the impact force is centered. Internal organs may be harmed or ruptured, resulting in internal bleeding and other health problems.

Rash on the Highway

Road rash, often known as road burn, occurs when motorcyclists strike the road fast. The friction created by slamming into the road at high speeds tears away the skin and tissue of the body’s surface, causing significant damage and deformity.


When a motorcyclist collides with another car, their motorcycle may fall on them. This often occurs to the upper limbs, crushing them and resulting in the biker’s arm. This injury may result in long-term limb damage and be exceedingly painful for a long time.

Injuries to the spinal cord

A motorcycle accident involving a head-on collision has the potential to impact a rider in the back. Trauma to the back of this magnitude is likely to cause damage to the spine and spinal cord. The spinal cord serves as a channel for information from the bone to the organs and limbs of the body, while the spine serves as the fundamental structural support for our skeletal system and body. The vertebrae enclose the spinal cord, which is a spongy bundle of nerves.

If the spinal cord is damaged, it may severely impede the neurological system’s ability to function. Damage to the spinal cord may result in partial or complete paralysis, loss of limb feeling, incontinence, and various problems with the abdominal organs. A fracture or misalignment of the vertebrae may cause the spinal cord to be injured, either by putting pressure on it or tearing it.

Motorcycle riders may get training through the Colorado Department of Public Safety. There are

three sorts of training courses:

licensing courses,

advanced training, and

specialized training.

In Colorado, there are approximately 200-course sites. Before driving a motorcycle, it is strongly recommended that you get the required training and license. To acquire prices and schedules or to register for a course in your region, go here.

Use of a Helmet

Helmet wearing is critical since major head injuries are prevalent among fatally wounded motorcycle riders. Helmets are quite efficient in reducing motorcycle fatalities and brain damage. Despite this clear advantage, just 19 states and the District of Columbia require all riders to wear helmets. Riders in Colorado are not required to wear helmets.

Motorcycles colliding head-on

Motorcycle-on-car collisions account for more than half of all motorcycle-on-car fatalities. In the great majority of these collisions, the motorcycle is struck from the front. Head-on accidents between a car and a motorcycle often result in the motorcyclist’s death.

These accidents are significantly more dangerous while riding a motorcycle since the rider is not surrounded by a strong metal framework and is more likely to be flung off the bike.

When cars make left-hand turns, it is the single most difficult circumstance for motorcycles. Accidents involving a motorcycle and a car account for 42% of all motorcycle-car crashes. The motorcycle is usually struck by the turning car while it is: • traveling straight through an intersection; • passing the car, or • attempting to overtake the car.

A car collides with another car while performing a left-hand turn is almost always determined to be at fault. On the other hand, the motorcycle driver may be partially to blame for the collision if he or she was speeding or driving in the incorrect lane. In most areas, this implies that the biker would get less compensation from the car driver for injuries and property damage sustained in an accident. In a few places, motorcyclists’ actions may prevent recovery entirely. Please call Warrior Motorcycle Accident Attorneys to learn more about the legislation when both drivers are somewhat at fault.

Speeding by motorcyclists and the use of alcoholic beverages

Speeding or intoxication is responsible for around half of all motorcycle accidents. This number is not unexpected since these elements also significantly impact car and other car accidents. Motorcycles, on the other hand, do not give nearly as much protection to the rider.

Therefore accidents involving speeding or alcohol are much more likely to end in death or major injury. Don’t forget: don’t drink and drive!

Motorcyclists are more likely than drivers to be involved in fatal or severe traffic accidents. On the other hand, motorcycle riders may improve their safety by understanding the most prevalent causes of accidents and adopting efforts to decrease or eliminate the danger. Remember to be cautious and cautious on the roadways.

Seek the advice of a knowledgeable Colorado motorcycle accident lawyer.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a head-on motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses via legal methods such as a motorcycle accident claim. Medical expenditures lost earnings, and pain and suffering caused by accidents and injuries are all common losses that may be paid via a motorcycle accident claim.

Warrior Motorcycle Accident Attorneys’ injury lawyers, have decades of expertise in negotiating and fighting motorcycle accident cases. They work hard to protect Colorado people from injuries and guarantee that they are appropriately paid when injured. Our legal team has the skills to effectively handle your claim.

Motorcyclists who are injured due to no fault of their own are entitled to compensation to assist them and their families in rebuilding their lives. We assist motorcycle accident victims in identifying

the parties that caused the accident and holding them legally and financially liable at Warrior Motorcycle Accident Attorneys. Don’t wait any longer. Call 719-300-1100 for a free consultation and case review, or fill out our online contact form.

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