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What are some facts about motorcycle crashes in Iowa?

If you're a motorcyclist, you know that driving can be particularly dangerous. Sometimes, drivers aren't paying attention and don't see you, and other times drunk drivers or negligent, speeding drivers collide with you out of nowhere. After a crash, you have every right to make a claim for compensation, and some of these facts may help you support your case.

Did you know that in 2011, there were 34 motorcyclists killed in Iowa? The previous year, 60 people were killed.

As time goes on, it's been found that the ages of those driving motorcycles is going up. In fact, most Iowans who have a motorcycle are between 45 and 54 years old. Around six out of 10 motorcyclists in Iowa are 45 or older. These are individuals at the height of their careers and in positions to be well invested into their family lives; injuries or deaths at this stage can be heartbreaking for young families and devastating financially.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that motorcycle helmets saved around 1,550 lives in 2010 and that around 706 more people could have been saved if they had worn them. If you were wearing a helmet at the time of your accident, it can be helpful to show that you were doing your part to reduce and potentially eliminate your risk of injuries to your head and neck.

Your accident wasn't your fault, but getting a settlement is fraught with negotiation and tactics. Using facts and backing your value can help you get a settlement or payment you find fair for the situation.

Source: Iowa State Goverment, "Motorcycle Fact Sheet," accessed Feb. 25, 2016

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