Des Moines Lawyers Advise Victims of Motorcycle Accidents
Advocating for bikers in Iowa
The Hope Law Firm, PLC recognizes your right to be on the roadway and motorists’ responsibilities to share the road. We also know what it takes to obtain compensation when a motorist acts recklessly and causes you serious injuries.
Our firm has a reputation in Des Moines for delivering compassionate, experienced, determined legal representation to motorcycle crash victims. Our personal injury attorneys handle challenging auto, pedestrian, motorcycle and tractor-tailor accident claims. To recover your damages, count on Hope.
Protecting your rights after a motorcycle crash
The public sometimes assumes that a motorcycle crash is the biker’s own fault, but that’s not always the case. Many motorcyclists pride themselves on strictly obeying traffic laws and taking every precaution to avoid an accident. Often, a careless motorist is to blame.
Our personal injury law firm investigates your claim to determine the best approach to obtain the maximum possible compensation. Matters we consider include:
- Your use of protective gear — Iowa does not have a helmet law, so you can choose to ride without one. The state puts the onus on bikers to drive responsibly instead of requiring safety gear that lawmakers do not believe should be a legal mandate. However, your use of protective gear, such as a helmet, goggles, faceguard, boots, gloves and abrasion-resistant jacket and pants, may minimize motorcycle injuries.
- Types of motorcycle accidents — Single-vehicle incidents are common with motorcycles. For example, a motorcyclist may hit a tree, barrier or other hard surface. However, just because no other motorist was involved does not mean the accident was nobody else’s fault. Often a crash occurs because of poorly maintained roadways or an obstruction in the biker’s path. More common are accidents involving a motorist who cuts off or runs into a motorcyclist.
- Types of motorcycle injuries — Motorcyclists are often at greater risk of serious injuries than motorists involved in an accident in a car. This is because motorcycles do not have the same safety features, including seat belts, airbags and a metal enclosure. Motorcyclists, therefore, risk brain damage, spinal cord injuries, amputations, fractures and road rash from being thrown from the bike or crushed by a car or their own motorcycles.
- Causes of accidents — A motorcycle’s small size and maneuverability make it more prone to accidents. Commonly, motorcycle crashes occur when a bike hits a pothole or uneven pavement.
Motorists sometimes also cut off bikers or run them off the road.
Learn more about pursuing damages for your motorcycle wreck
The Hope Law Firm, PLC is based in Des Moines and represents clients who suffered injuries in traffic accidents. Our personal injury legal team advocates for motorcyclists who have been hit by motorists. Call us today at 515.255.3559 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation so we can help you pursue your rights to recovery.