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What is a high-side motorcycle accident?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents

There are many different types of motorcycle accidents, with two of the most common being high-side and low-side crashes. Either one can happen when the motorcycle is going through a corner.

With a low-side crash, the bike loses traction and slides out away from the direction that the rider has tipped that bike. In other words, the rider is already on the low side of the bike and will impact the pavement on the same side. This often just leads to a slide for both the bike and the rider, though they could be seriously injured if they impact another vehicle or something stationary along the road.

A high-side crash, however, happens when the bike flips back over from the low side to an upright position. This could happen if the rear tire loses traction in the corner and begins to slide, but then that tire catches again. The bike jerks and accelerates, and it throws the rider off as it flips up. Because the rider is thrown over the far side of the bike or over the handlebars, this is considered a much more dangerous type of crash.

How could it have happened?

It’s true that these accidents often happen simply because riders make mistakes, but there could also be a lot of other causes. Maybe you were cornering properly when another rider got too close and caused you to slide as you tried to avoid an impact. Perhaps there was a problem with the design of the roadway so that you didn’t have equal traction throughout the entire corner. Maybe you simply got a defective rear tire or you even have a defective bike, causing you to lose grip when you were riding perfectly.

If someone else was responsible for causing your high-side motorcycle crash, you need to know how to seek financial compensation for your injuries.