Helping Families In Iowa After Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents account for a disproportionate share of fatal accidents in Iowa. Many of these accidents happen when a person in a car or truck fails to yield to a motorcyclist.
Hixson & Brown, P.C. in West Des Moines represent family members of fatal motorcycle accident victims throughout Iowa. When a motorcycle accident results in death, it is important to contact a skilled attorney as soon as possible to establish liability and document what the loss means to your family.
Establishing Liability In Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Many people in our society feel bias toward motorcyclists, who are often viewed as risk takers. Insurance companies use this bias to their advantage, often seeking to shift blame to the motorcyclist even in cases where the driver of the other vehicle was clearly at fault. In Iowa, your recovery in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can be reduced by any percentage of blame that is assigned to you.
One of the most common car-motorcycle collisions occurs when a vehicle turns in front of a motorcycle. In these accidents, there is often nothing the motorcyclist could have done to avoid the collision. However, the driver of the car may claim that the motorcyclist was at fault for speeding. The investigating officer may include this statement in the accident report without determining whether it is true or not.
We will take immediate steps to collect and preserve evidence such as witness statements and vehicle skid marks. Armed with the facts, we will provide the strongest possible representation for you in settlement negotiations and at trial if necessary.
While money can never replace what you have lost, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can provide a measure of financial security for your family. It can also make a finding of responsibility.
The Immediate Gathering Of Evidence Critical To Reconstruction Of The Motorcycle Collision
Hixson & Brown has handled a number of motorcycle collisions that have caused the wrongful death of the motorcycle operator. This often leaves only the operator of the motor vehicle to testify regarding the events leading up to the collision.
Often the car or truck driver will place blame on the motorcycle driver for the accident. For example, the car or truck driver may say they were unable to see the motorcycle in time to avoid the collision because the motorcyclist was speeding. Thus, the family of the motorcyclist is already at a disadvantage attempting to prove that the motor vehicle driver was actually at fault for the collision and the wrongful death.
You can read more about how our team reconstructed a motorcycle accident and preserved evidence in a successful case our team resolved.
Offering Free Consultations For Every Client
To schedule a free consultation with our fatal motorcycle accident attorneys, call the West Des Moines office of Hixson & Brown, P.C., at 515-650-4531 or toll free at 800-229-9854. You can also reach us via our online contact form.