Iowa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident in Iowa, The Advocates personal injury attorneys are here to help.

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A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You

If you spend any time on a motorcycle, the risk of an accident is always present. Many drivers fail to see a motorcycle until it is too late.

A motorcycle crash can leave you with debilitating pain and injuries. Your motorcycle is likely damaged, and it may seem like expenses are never ending. It’s easy to feel lost or overwhelmed in the aftermath of a collision. You may be unsure of where to even start your physical, emotional, and financial recovery.

If your accident was the fault of a negligent driver, you deserve to reclaim the damages you’ve suffered as a result. The Advocates can help you build your personal injury case, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. We have decades of experience helping motorcycle accident victims obtain fair compensation for their losses, and we are ready to help you too. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are ready to take on the legal process for you, so you can focus on feeling better.

Put simply, an Advocate sets themselves apart because they truly care about you and your recovery. Whether you need help building a property damage claim, gathering your medical records, or just need a friendly ear to listen to your story, The Advocates are here for you.
Studies have shown that motorcycle accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they tried to settle on their own. An Advocate will do more than offer you legal advice; we will help you with whatever you need to move forward with your recovery. We will help you access medical care, find a repair shop for your motorcycle, communicate with your employer regarding your accident, and more. When you hire an Advocate, you get fierce representation, a listening ear, and a voice in the legal process.
The amount of compensation you can receive for your damages depends on the circumstances surrounding your case. An Advocate can give you a free case evaluation to help determine what damages you can seek. Some common damages following motorcycle accidents include: Medical expenses Motorcycle repairs Lost wages and loss of future earnings Pain and suffering Funeral expenses Contact The Advocates today for a free consultation.

What Can The Advocates Do For My Case?

The Advocates have helped injured motorcyclists recover millions of dollars’ worth of damages. We are a legal team of fierce negotiators and litigators who know that every injury case is unique, and so is each individual’s recovery process. We offer free case evaluations to determine what damages you are entitled to. Our team is prepared to help you:

  • Find physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists
  • Get your motorcycle into a body shop
  • Communicate with your employer regarding your injuries
  • Understand your medical bills and other expenses
"Hiring The Advocates was the best move I could have made after my accident. They were very professional and made me feel confident my case would go smoothly. They really put me at ease. I would recommend them to anyone!" - Robert S.

Why You Need an Accident Attorney 

The claims process can be long, complex, and overwhelming. Your case will require forms to be completed, evidence to be gathered, and deadlines to be hit. Additionally, the other party’s insurance company will likely be fighting you every step of the way in an attempt to get you to settle for less than you deserve.

A personal injury lawyer knows how to avoid common mistakes and successfully negotiate with insurance providers. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, your Advocate can help you receive compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Motorcycle repairs
  • Lost wages and loss of future earnings
  • Pain, suffering, and emotional distress

Don’t navigate the recovery process on your own. The Advocates personal injury law firm is ready to help.

The Advocates Motorcycle Accident Claims Process

The claims process can take months or years, depending on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, and the court’s caseload. Getting a settlement offer often requires patience.

After your accident, the most important thing to do is seek medical treatment. Recovery from your injuries can happen more quickly and easily the sooner you receive care. Additionally, your claim is dependent upon you finishing treatment. The sum total of your damages cannot be known until you have received all the medical care you will need.

Once you hire an attorney, they will begin investigating your case. They will read police reports, look through photo and video footage, and speak with eyewitnesses. Any evidence that is helpful to your case will be gathered to help establish liability and damages. This can take several months.

Once everything is ready, your attorney will send the other party a demand letter outlining the damages you are seeking. The insurance company will likely try to offer less than you are seeking. This is when negotiations begin. 

In most cases, negotiations are successful and the case never goes to court. If the other party is unwilling to make a fair offer, your attorney will represent you at trial. In this case, a judge or jury will determine who was at fault for the accident and how much you are owed.

Iowa Motorcycle Injury Statistics

Knowing the common causes and consequences of motorcycle accidents can help you avoid them, which could save more lives than just your own. Below are statistics regarding motorcycle crashes in Iowa.

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents?

The same high-risk behaviors that lead to car accidents cause motorcycle crashes as well. However, because motorcycles are much smaller than passenger vehicles, bikers are at a higher risk of injury or death than people in cars. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

Most motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers failing to see a motorcyclist. For this reason, it is critical that motorists check their blind spots before changing lanes

What are common motorcycle accident injuries?

Motorcyclists are injured in accidents at much higher rates than people in cars. It is crucial that bikers wear proper protective gear to help protect them from serious injury. Some common injuries after motorcycle accidents include:

  • Head injuries/traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Broken bones
  • Strains, sprains, and bruising
  • Road rash

While the best way to remain uninjured is to avoid an accident altogether, you cannot control others’ actions. Gear such as helmets, goggles, gloves, jackets, and pants can help protect your body in the event of a crash.

How many motorcycle accidents happen in Iowa each year?

The good news when it comes to motorcycle accidents in Iowa is that while the number of motorcycle license holders has increased steadily over the last two decades, the crash rates, injury rates, and fatality rates have actually decreased. 

The worst time in Iowa history for motorcycle accidents was in the mid-1970s, when an average of 2,700 motorcycle crashes occurred each year. From 2016 to 2021, the average number of accidents per year was 950. 

This is a significant decrease, however, the state still sees around 47 motorcycle accident fatalities each year. Even one death on Iowa roads is too many. 

When and where are motorcycle accidents most likely to happen?

While it’s always important to be vigilant while driving, knowing when and where motorcycle accidents happen can help both bikers and drivers avoid a crash. Some important statistics to know regarding motorcycle collisions are:

  • 64% of accidents occur from June to September 
  • Weekends see a higher number of crashes than weekdays 
  • More than 50% of crashes happen between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm
  • Over 90% of accidents occur in dry conditions
  • Municipal roads in urban areas see the highest number of crashes each year
  • In around 35% of accidents, the motorcyclist played no role in causing the crash
  • Des Moines and Cedar Rapids have the highest number of crashes each year
  • Nearly 50% of motorcycle accidents occur when a car collides with a motorcycle; the other 50% are due to the motorcyclist losing control

Iowa Motorcycle Laws 

In order to prevent accidents as well as avoid citations, it’s vital that all motorcyclists know the laws in the areas where they plan to ride. Many requirements and regulations vary state-to-state and even between cities, so it’s important to always be an informed rider. Below are some Iowa-specific motorcycle laws.

Do motorcyclists have to wear helmets?

Iowa is one of three states that does not have any helmet requirement for any motorcycle riders of any age. Eye protection is also not required.

However, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation, around 90% of motorcycle accident fatalities happen to riders who are not wearing a helmet at the time of their crash. Helmets save lives, so it is a good idea to wear one whenever you mount a motorcycle.

Goggles, glasses, or face shields can help keep bugs or debris from hitting your eyes, which is not only painful, but dangerous. The object could injure or damage your eye, permanently affecting your vision. It could also surprise you, causing you to swerve or brake suddenly.

What features must a motorcycle have?

All motorcycles in Iowa are required to have a headlamp on at all times. This helps increase visibility, since motorcycles can be easily overlooked by motorists. The motorcycle must also have working turn signals, just like any other vehicle.

If a biker plans to ride with a passenger, the motorcycle must have a seat and footrests for both riders. The passenger must sit behind the operator, so that they do not interfere with the driver’s vision or ability to steer.

What licenses does a motorcycle rider need?

There are a few types of licenses and permits that allow one to operate a motorcycle on Iowa roadways. The first is a motorcycle instruction permit, which functions similarly to a driver’s permit. The permit allows you to operate a motorcycle while accompanied by a licensed motorcycle operator. To get a permit, you must pass a knowledge exam and a vision screening.

A motorcycle endorsement can be added to your existing driver’s license. To receive an endorsement, you must pass a knowledge exam, a skills test, and a vision screening.

If you do not already have a driver’s license, you may obtain a Class M license, which allows you to operate a motorcycle, but no other type of motor vehicle. This type of license requires more tests than the other two, but the skills test may be waived if you have completed a state-approved motorcycle education course.

Is lane-splitting legal in Iowa?

Lane splitting, or the practice of allowing a motorcycle to share lanes with other vehicles to reduce traffic congestion, is not legal in Iowa. Motorcycles are entitled to the use of a full lane, and are not allowed to ride between other vehicles. 

This practice is allowed in an increasing number of states, particularly at stop lights, but it remains illegal in the state of Iowa. It is dangerous to attempt on Iowa roads, because drivers will not be expecting it. It’s important to be as predictable as possible when riding a motorcycle, which means always following the laws.