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Considering the likelihood of fatal motorcycle crashes year-round

While the winter months often mean that motorcyclists in Iowa will put away their bikes until the warm weather returns, this is not always the case. Even during the cool fall months or unseasonably warm weather during the winter, bikers will still ride their motorcycles on roadways throughout the state. Because of that, motorists and bikers should continually remain cautious of one another. Moreover, motorcyclists should always practice safe driving habits and take caution during inclement weather.

The Iowa Department of Transportation compiled information regarding motorcycle fatalities from 2009 to 2015. This information was separated by the month in which the motorcycle accident occurred and the number of fatalities with regard to motorcyclists and passengers. Additionally, whether victims were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash is also indicated.

Can chronic pain be measured for compensation?

The aftermath of a car accident for injured victims often means facing many challenges in an attempt to return back to his or her normal life. For some accident victims in Iowa, this is not very easy due to the temporary or long-term disability caused by the incident. In these matters, victims often seek to have the costs associated with their pain and suffering covered, especially if another party was at fault. However, constant pain or disability preventing a victim from working can be difficult to prove.

Can chronic pain be measured for compensation? In a personal injury claim, it is not always clear that a victim from an automobile collision is in fact suffering from long-term or chronic pain. While statements from the victim and his or her medical care professional could serve to prove that the victim endured pain and suffering, when it comes to chronic pain and receiving compensation, more credible evidence is sometimes sought.

Helping car accident victims navigate personal injury claims

As a previous post on this blog highlighted, there are various causes of automobile collisions. In many cases, the negligence or recklessness of a driver often leads to these crashes. Whether a driver is speeding, intoxicated, fatigued or distracted, these actions not only put the driver's life in harm's way, but also present many dangers and hazards to other travelers on the roadways.

When Iowa residents are involved in a car accident, the sudden and unexpected event can bring much tragedy and greatly alter his or her life. The law firm of Galligan & Reed, P.C., understands that it can be challenging to return to normal everyday life following an automobile accident. The physical trauma often means much medical care, which can include surgery, physical therapy and rehabilitation. This also means hefty medical expenses. Accident victims might find it difficult to cover these and other expenses arising from the incident.

Understanding the common causes of a car accident

Being involved in an automobile collision is never an easy event to deal with and overcome no matter the severity of the incident. Addressing the resulting injuries and damages can take much time and effort. While many crashes involving injuries and fatalities are caused by a negligent driver, there are numerous factors to consider when fully understanding the cause and fault in a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, found that roughly 40,000 Americans die each year because of automobile incidents. Because being involved in a car accident has become such a common occurrence in Iowa and other states across the nation, it is important to consider not only the common causes for a car accident but also how to avoid them.

Do universal helmet laws save lives?

Many motorists in Iowa take certain measures to ensure their safety on the roadways. For drivers and passengers, this often means using a seatbelt. For motorcyclists, this usually means wearing protective clothing and a helmet. Many riders will wear a helmet even when the law does not require it. Only three states in the nation, Iowa included, do not have legislation that requires either all bikers or bikers below a certain age to wear a helmet. This causes some to question whether helmet laws are effective at reducing serious and even fatal injuries in the event of a motorcycle crash.

Do universal helmet laws save lives? Universal helmet laws require all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet, while partial helmet laws are age specific, usually for those under the age of 18 or 21. Because the highest rate of injuries and deaths from a motorcycle accident are among riders 20-to-24-years-old, studies have looked at the rates of states with universal helmet laws versus those with partial helmet laws, or none at all.

Motorcycle-RV collision in Iowa injures motorcyclist

Although fall weather is settling in throughout the state of Iowa, motorcyclists are still seen on roadways throughout the state. Even on cooler days, drivers should still expect to encounter these small vehicles on all road types. When a driver fails to take note of motorcyclists around them, they could collide with the rider, resulting in a serious or even fatal motorcycle accident.

Authorities in Iowa were recently dispatched to a motorcycle collision in LeClaire. According to preliminary reports, the accident involved a motorcycle and an RV. Police believe the collision occurred when the motorcyclist was traveling down a rural road and encountered an RV that was backing into a private driveway.

The dangers of commercial truck accidents

As a previous post highlighted, a large number of tractor-trailers travel on all types of roadways in Iowa and other states across the nation. This makes truck safety an important issue; however, to understand why these measures are imperative, the dangers that large trucks could pose on the roadways should be understood.

A recent study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration considered the rate of fatal and injury causing truck accidents occurring that year. When looking at the decade before, the number of fatal commercial truck accidents decreased from 4,721 to 3,906 from 2003 to 20013. While this is a 17 percent drop, roughly 327,000 police-reported truck crashes were reported in 2013.

Can new technology reduce truck accidents?

Because large trucks are necessary and helpful in the world of interstate and intrastate commerce, residents in Iowa often encounter semi-trucks and tractor-trailers on the roadways throughout the state. While improvements have been made to these large vehicles, and new federal trucking laws have been passed over the last few years, accidents involving trucks still occur. This is a very concerning matter because truck accidents do not only cause large accident sites but are also likely to involve injured victims and fatalities.

Can new technology reduce truck accidents? Current truck safety systems in place, such as active brake assist, electronic stability control and forward collision warning, are all types of technology that have been implemented to increase truck safety. While these help to improve the safety for the driver and others traveling on the roadway, technology affects the entire driving experience and this condition needs to be addressed in the evolution of new trucking technology.

Helping victims following an Iowa truck accident

The importance and influence the trucking industry has on interstate and intrastate commerce in Iowa and elsewhere has led to the high numbers of large trucks on the roadways throughout the nation. While tractor-trailer trucks can travel from one destination to another without any errors or mishaps, the reality is that it only takes a small error to cause a truck accident. Violations of federal trucking regulations often lead to serious and even fatal truck collisions, making it important for victims and their loved ones to consider the responsibility of trucking companies and the truck driver.

Claims following a truck accident are often complex, and victims may not be aware of all the liable parties following a truck crash. Our law firm has helped past clients navigate their claims, assisting them an aggressive pursuit for justice. With over 25 years of experience, the law firm of Galligan & Reid, P.C. has devoted much time to helping clients understand their rights and actions available to them.

Holding a drunk driver liable following a drunk driving accident

Being involved in any type of motor vehicle accident can be a very serious event for residents in Iowa and elsewhere. In some situations, it may not be entirely clear what caused the collision; however, in others, it can easily be determined that the negligence of a driver was the cause. With regard to drinking and driving, when a driver fails to drive below the legal blood-alcohol limit, he or she could be held responsible for the accident resulting from their intoxication and any injuries, losses and damages arising from it.

When individuals consider the penalties that a drunk driver could face after a drunk driving accident, most highlight the criminal aspects of the incident. While there is a great possibility that the driver will face criminal charges and penalties for his or her negligence behind the wheel, the driver could also endure civil liabilities. In fact, an injured victim can use the evidence and information associated with a criminal action in a civil action against a drunk driver in an effort to hold a drunk driver liable.