Bicycle Accident Attorney Serving Injured Plaintiffs in Iowa
Bicycling is a popular recreational activity in Iowa, and it is also a means of transportation for many Iowans. However, bicycle accidents can happen unexpectedly, and bicyclists can suffer serious and life-threatening injuries. In many cases, bicycle accidents involve collisions with motor vehicle, and these crashes frequently occur because the motorist was negligent. If another party’s careless or reckless actions resulted in your injuries, you deserve to seek financial compensation. An aggressive Iowa bike accident lawyer at VanDerGinst Law can get started on your claim today.
Getting the Facts About Iowa Bicycle Accidents and Injuries
Bike accidents happen more often than they should, and many could be prevented if motorists and other parties were more careful. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides facts and figures about bicycle accidents and injuries:
- Bicycle accident deaths account for about 2.2 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities;
- Bike accident deaths have risen in recent years, with 840 deaths in 2016;
- Majority of bicycle accident injuries and fatalities happen in urban areas (about 70 percent), while only about 30 percent of these occur in rural areas;
- Majority of bicycle accident deaths occur at non-intersection locations;
- More bike crashes happen during daylight hours (51 percent);
- Highest rate of bicycle accident injuries and fatalities occurs between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at all times of the year;
- Average age of a person injured or killed in a bicycle accident is 46 (which is an increase from an average age of 40 in 2007);
- Majority of bike accident fatality victims are male (84 percent);
- Kids under the age of 15 account for 7 percent of all bike accident fatalities; and
- More than 25 percent of bicyclists killed in crashes have a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher (over the legal limit for driving).
Common Injuries in an Iowa Bike Crash
Bike accidents in Iowa can result in many different kinds of injuries, including but not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions;
- Broken bones or fractures;
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs);
- Back and neck injuries;
- Bruising and internal bleeding;
- Cuts, abrasions, and scrapes;
- Internal organ damage; and
- Amputation and disfigurement.
Filing Your Bike Accident Claim On Time in Iowa
In order to be eligible for compensation from a bicycle accident lawsuit, you will need to file your claim within the time window set by the statute of limitations. Most bicycle accident claims have a two-year statute of limitations. As such, anyone who has been injured in a bicycle accident lawsuit typically will need to file a claim within two years from the date of the accident.
For most personal injury lawsuits, including bike accident cases, the clock on the statute of limitations begins “ticking” on the date that the accident and injuries occur. There may be ways to “toll” the statute in order to have more time, but this is not common. Accordingly, you should get started on your case with an Iowa bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact an Iowa Bike Accident Attorney
Getting hurt in a bicycle crash can be devastating, but a dedicated Iowa bike accident attorney can assist with your claim. Contact VanDerGinst Law at 1-800-797-5391 to discuss your case with an advocate today.