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Motorcyclist hit and injured by drunk driver in Iowa

There are some drivers in Iowa who do not understand or comply with the laws that require them to share the roads responsibly with motorcyclists. Because of this negligence, too many riders are seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident that is caused by a reckless or inattentive driver. In some cases, a driver is also impaired which makes it even more difficult for them to drive responsibly and spot motorcyclists on the road.

Because of their smaller size, motorcycles are often ignored or dismissed by drivers. When a driver is impaired by alcohol, it is even less likely that they will see a person on a motorcycle. Without this awareness, drivers end up crashing into bikers who are often tossed from their bikes and injured or killed. Recently, an alleged drunk driver failed to avoid a motorcyclist and ended up causing a serious accident in Iowa.

Reports indicate that a 50-year-old man was intoxicated recently when he made a number of bad decisions behind the wheel. Besides reportedly driving drunk, the man ran through a stop sign and hit a man on a motorcycle. The driver fled the scene and ultimately smashed into a tree before stopping. Police also say that the driver did not have a license or insurance at the time and was in possession of marijuana and a weapon when he was finally apprehended by police after the crash.

Early reports on the victim do not include detailed information on how badly he was injured in the crash. In similar accidents when a motorcyclist is hit by a car, he or she can be thrown from the bike and suffer broken bones, road rash, brain injuries or even paralysis or death.

The devastation that can be caused in these accidents cannot be overstated. Motorcyclists can be very vulnerable on the road, especially when other drivers are negligent or impaired behind the wheel. Holding these drivers accountable for the damages that are sustained in an acident can be crucial for victims who wish to recover compensation for their injuries. 

Source: Sioux City Journal, "Documents: Drunk driving hit Sioux City motorcyclist, then tree," Molly Montag, May 20, 2013

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