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Drunk driving: A choice that affected your rights in Iowa

Drinking and driving is a choice people make in Iowa. No one is forced to drive drunk, and most people are aware that doing so could lead to injuries and accidents on the road. When you're the one hurt by a drunk driver's poor decisions, that's when there's a problem and you need to look into your legal options.

Pedestrians over-represented in Iowa, national crash data

If you're interested in pedestrian and bicycle crash statistics in the United States and Iowa, then you might be surprised by some of the latest numbers. Every few years, a report is released on the number of people killed in crashes with motor vehicles. In 2012, the total was 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists. In most cases, it's likely that the crash could have been avoided.

Negligence is no excuse for motorcycle accidents in Iowa

Motorcyclists can be badly injured in accidents, because they have few protections against injury. With no roll cages or metal bodies around them to protect them from harm, motorcyclists are more prone to have head injuries and spinal cord injuries after a motorcycle accident than other kinds of drivers. From abrasions to burns from the roadways, these injuries can be incredibly painful and difficult to bear.

What happens to people who drive drunk in Iowa?

The drunk driving laws in Iowa are clear. It's illegal to drive a motor vehicle if you're under the influence of an alcohol beverage or drugs. It's also illegal to drive if you're under the influence of a combination of those substances. If you have a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher, you should not be driving. Additionally, being stopped for driving drunk with any amount of a controlled substance, drugs like cocaine or marijuana, for instance, could lead to penalties and fines.

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