Des Moines Motorcycle Accident Legal Help
Motorcycle Accidents & The Risk of Injury
Motorcyclists are less protected than people in a car. There is no protective chassis, no seat-belts, no airbags, and a motorcycle is smaller and lighter than a car. People say that in a collision with a car, the motorcycle will lose. That's not exactly true. In a collision between a motorcycle and a car, it is the people on the motorcycle who will lose.
Because motorcycles are smaller than cars, it is true that in some situations they may be harder to see than a car, but that is not a legal excuse for failing to yield to a motorcycle. If a collision is caused by failure to yield the right-of-way to a motorcycle, the motorcyclist is entitled to compensation regardless of whether the other vehicle saw them coming.
Motorcycles are also especially at risk from junk or other debris in the roadway. The Iowa Code prohibits the leaving of trash or other debris on the roadway. If a motorcyclist is injured in an accident caused by debris on the road, the motorcyclist may be entitled to compensation.
In many collisions between a car and motorcycle, the rider and passenger will be slammed against a hard object or sent rolling down street, or both. The unique physics and dynamics of these types of collisions can easily result in death, traumatic brain injuries and serious spinal injuries.
A Message from Motorcycle Rider & Accident Lawyer, Ward Rouse
As a motorcycle rider myself, I understand the unique safety concerns of a motorcycle, and I have helped many people who have been injured in motorcycle collisions with other vehicles, or caused by road debris.
I approach every case with the intent to get the best results for my clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please feel free to call or email me. Consultations are free, there is no charge unless I recover money for you. 515.223.9000