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2 Iowa motorcyclists injured in hit-and-run accident

Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling way of getting from one place to another. Especially during the summer months, riders can be seen all across Iowa highways. For the most part, motorists respect motorcyclists and share the road responsibly with the smaller vehicles. But unfortunately, too many riders are catastrophically injured in accidents caused by drivers who are not so responsible.

Recently, for example two people in Iowa were seriously injured by a negligent driver in a pickup truck. Not only did the driver crash into them, but the man driving the truck never even stopped to help the victims. 

The crash occurred one evening when the 22-year-old truck driver crossed over the center lane. When the car drifted into the oncoming lane, the truck smashed into a motorcycle carrying a 24-year-old driver and his 20-year-old female passenger. 

Both the riders on the motorcycle were thrown from the bike and seriously injured in the accident. One of them suffered life-threatening injuries. The victims were found by emergency responders, but the driver of the truck was nowhere to be found. Later, authorities tracked down the driver of the pickup eight miles away from the accident. We was arrested for suspected drunk driving and it is possible that he will face criminal charges for causing the accident and fleeing from the scene.

Motorcycle accidents like this one can be absolutely devastating for victims. Motorists have a responsibility to share the road with bikers and give them the same considerations they give other drivers. Unfortunately, too many negligent drivers fail to do this and end up seriously injuring a biker. These accidents can only be made worse when an extremely careless driver chooses to keep driving instead of helping the victims. In these instances, it is often possible for victims of a motorcycle accident to file civil charges against the driver as a way of recovering financial compensation for the accident. 

Source: WCF Courier, "Two injured in motorcycle, pickup crash," Jon Ericson, June 23, 2013

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