Iowa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle Accident Attorney Serving Injured Clients in Iowa

Motorcycle
accidents happen in Iowa much more often than you might expect, and they
frequently result in life-threatening and fatal injuries. Given that motorcyclists
do not have much protection in the event of a crash, collisions with motor
vehicles can cause severe harm, including amputation injuries, traumatic brain
injuries, and organ damage. Nobody should have to suffer the consequences of a
motorcycle accident because another driver behaved in a negligent or careless
manner.

If
you or someone you love suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash, you should
speak with an aggressive Iowa motorcycle accident lawyer about filing a claim
for compensation. An advocate at VanDerGinst Law can speak with you today about
the options that may be available to you.

Learn More About Iowa Motorcycle
Accidents

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), motorcycle crashes commonly lead to critical injuries because motorcycles are “far less crashworthy than closed vehicles” in addition to being “less stable than four-wheel vehicles.” The III provides some of the following facts and figures about motorcycle accidents and injuries:

  • 5,286 people
    suffered fatal injuries in motorcycle crashes in 2016;
  • Motorcycle
    accidents are on the rise, with a 5.1 percent increase in deadly collisions
    from 2015 to 2016;
  • Approximately
    88,000 nonfatal injuries occurred in motorcycle collisions in 2015;
  • Only about 65
    percent of motorcycle riders currently wear a helmet;
  • Time period
    between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm is the most dangerous for motorcyclists, given that
    nearly 24 percent of fatal accidents happen during this time period and almost
    28 percent of nonfatal collisions occur in this time window;
  • A majority of
    fatal and nonfatal motorcycle accident injuries occur during daylight hours;
    and
  • Alcohol
    intoxication plays a role in approximately 25 percent of all motorcycle
    accidents.

How Comparative Fault Can Impact Your
Iowa Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit

What happens if a motorcycle is partially to blame for an accident? Under Iowa’s comparative fault law, as long as a plaintiff is not 51 percent or more to blame for the accident or resulting injuries, that plaintiff can still recover damages. However, it is important to know that the plaintiff’s award will be reduced by the plaintiff’s percentage of the fault.

For
example, imagine that a motorcyclist is injured severely in a collision with an
automobile driver. The collision occurs when the automobile driver runs a red
light while intoxicated. However, the motorcyclist had been traveling at a
speed beyond the posted speed limit at the time of the crash, and the driver argues
that the motorcyclist is partially to blame. The jury determines that the
motorcyclist is 10 percent responsible. If the motorcyclist is awarded $200,000
in damages, that award is reduced by his or her percentage of the fault—10
percent. Accordingly, the $200,000 award is reduced by 10 percent (or $20,000),
and the motorcyclist receives $180,000.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in
Iowa

Motorcyclists who have been involved in serious accidents should seek compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. An Iowa motorcycle accident attorney can speak with you today about getting started on your claim. Contact VanDerGinst Law at 1-800-797-5391 to learn more about our services.


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