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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.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has put out a number of statistics about the motorcyclists who have been injured and killed in crashes since 2000. Those statistics point out that crashes have been increasing since 2000; in fact, the crashes had increased by 55 percent by 2010.

The injuries victims suffer add up financially as well. Motorcycle crash-related injuries and deaths cost $12 billion in one of the years the CDC reviewed. Those costs were simply for the loss of productivity and the medical care needed. With at least 4,502 people killed in 2010 due to motorcycle crashes, it's no wonder that the cost is so high.

Of course, your case is completely unique to all the others. You could be facing permanent disability or only a few weeks off work. Your bike could be totaled, or you may have escaped major damage and injuries. No matter what has happened, the crash should never have taken place. You may be able to recoup your costs by seeking civil litigation or an insurance settlement from the negligent driver who struck you.

If you want to learn more about your options and what you can do to receive compensation in Iowa, visit our motorcycle accident webpage.

Source: Hixson & Brown, "Des Moines Iowa Motorcycle Accident And Personal Injury Attorneys" Sep. 10, 2014

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