Cedar Rapids Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Representing Victims of Motorcycle Accidents in Iowa
Though young men and women often have the mindset that they are invincible, seasoned motorcycle riders know better. Motorcycle riders are much more susceptible to personal injuries than other motorists due to a lack of protection from automobiles. When a rider loses control or collides with another motorist, their bodies are usually directly struck by the full force and momentum of the automobile or foreign object.
While auto accidents are still dangerous, there is a greater level of protection because car materials will disperse the force of a foreign object before colliding with the driver or passengers.
National Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Despite numerous safety measures, motorcycle accidents happen all the time. The CDC recorded 225,234 individuals that sustained personal injuries due to motorcycle accidents in 2013 alone. On average, that’s approximately 617 motorcycle accidents per day. Even small accidents that don’t cause permanent injuries need to be taken seriously. The negligence of another motorist can cause property damage and expensive healthcare expenses. No matter how big or small your motorcycle accident is, you need to seek the help of a qualified attorney to fight for the compensation you are entitled to.
Precautions Motorcyclists Are Expected to Take Against Accidents
May bikers and drivers know that riding a motorcycle is even more dangerous than driven a car because when motorcycle accidents happen, the consequences are usually very severe. The best way to take precaution against accidents is to focus on safety, be vigilant, and be educated on the safest way to ride.
Below are some precautions to take against accidents:
- Get a motorcycle license.
- Get professional training.
- Know your skill level.
- Be aware of the common causes of motorcycle accidents.
- No drinking and riding.
- Avoid hazards in the road.
- Take good care and maintenance of your bike.
- Wear a helmet.
- Wear other protective gear (goggles, jacket, long pants, boots, etc.)
It simply isn’t fair to let a negligible driver threaten your health and finances. Motorcycle riders of all experience levels take great care in keeping their eyes on the road to avoid potholes, slick spots, and erratic drivers. Unfortunately, despite numerous precautions, some auto drivers fail to see motorcycles on the road and carelessly cause serious personal injuries.
How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
In Iowa, victims of personal injuries have up to two years from the date of their accident to file a claim. This means you have only two years to file a claim or you will most likely lose your right to file and recover compensation. In the days following your accident there may be documents or evidence that can be helpful in your case. Working with an attorney has many benefits and can allow you the time to focus on recovery while we focus on getting you the compensation you deserve. Exceptions to this rule exist that can change the amount of time you have to file. Contact Currie & Liabo Law Firm, PLC our firm today to speak to an attorney about your case.
What to Do When You’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
Tom Currie and Mark E. Liabo have helped countless victims of motorcycle accidents receive the compensation they deserved. After your accident, you need to reach out as quickly as possible to receive compensation for your injuries.
Here are several things you can help pay off with compensation:
- Medical dues
- Property damage
- Disability-related expenses
- Psychiatric and rehabilitation payments