The Physics of Motorcycle Crashes

Riding a motorcycle can bring an inexpressible sense of freedom, but it comes with substantially higher risks than driving a car. Because you’re unprotected by a metal framework, seatbelts, and airbags, even a minor collision can result in serious injuries. But why does the lack of these features make motorcyclists prone to serious injury? The physics of motorcycle accidents can help explain.

The First Law of Motion

Motorcyclists’ heightened vulnerability to injury can be explained by inertia. According to the law of inertia, an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an external force. If a car drives along a road and then crashes into a tree, the vehicle will abruptly stop. However, the car’s occupants will continue moving at the same rate as the car’s former speed until their trajectory is changed by an external force, such as a seatbelt.

By contrast, a biker in a motorcycle crash has no seatbelt or metal frame to arrest their motion. The external force stopping their trajectory will likely be the road or another heavy object, such as a tree or car. When the biker hits the object, they’ll either come to an abrupt stop or skid to a halt. Either way, the impact force and friction can result in severe injuries, from lacerations to fractures to traumatic brain injury.

Collision Energy Transfer

Motorcyclists are also more subject to injury because of a physics principle known as energy transfer. When one object collides with another, a transfer of energy occurs between the two. The faster or heavier the object, the more energy it can transfer. When a motorcyclist collides with the road, the road’s energy transfers to the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist, whose own energy is unlikely to affect the hard ground, thus absorbs a significant amount of the road’s energy, which can be forceful enough to break bones and cause other injuries.

Experienced New Hampshire Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Portsmouth, Manchester, Londonderry, Nashua, and Beyond

If you have suffered a motorcycle accident injury, consult a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Call the skilled personal injury attorneys of Tenn And Tenn, P.A. at 1-888-511-1010 today or contact us online for a free consultation. We are ready to help determine who was at fault and fight for your rights.

Related Posts
  • Motorcycle Accident Fatalities in New Hampshire in 2023 Read More
  • Winter Slip and Falls in New Hampshire Read More
  • Concussions–Frequently Asked Questions in New Hampshire Read More
Why Choose Tenn And Tenn Let Our Family Help Your Family
  • A Family Firm

    We are a family committed to providing excellent service to our clients.

  • Statewide Service
    We work hard to obtain the best results possible for clients throughout New Hampshire.
  • Trial-Tested Attorneys
    Our lawyers are experienced courtroom advocates who are ready to take your case to trial to obtain justice.
Free Injury Consultations Available Contact Us Today

Whether you have questions or you’re ready to get started, our award-winning legal team is ready to help. Complete our form below or call us at (888) 332-5855.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy

Please do not include any confidential or sensitive information in a contact form, text message, or voicemail. The contact form sends information by non-encrypted email, which is not secure. Submitting a contact form, sending a text message, making a phone call, or leaving a voicemail does not create an attorney-client relationship.