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One killed and one injured in Iowa motorcycle accident

Motorcycles are not an uncommon sight on Iowa's roadways. This is most often observed during the warmer summer months because motorcyclists usually avoid traveling on these vehicles when it is cold outside. Not matter the weather or what time of year it is, motorcyclists should take precaution when riding. This is often accomplished by wearing a helmet and protective gear. Even when these are utilized, injuries and death could follow a motorcycle accident. This makes it especially important that other drivers are aware of these small vehicles on the road. Moreover, motorcyclists should practice safe driving such as not speeding, signaling turns and not traveling closely to other vehicles.

A fatal motorcycle crash recently occurred in Sioux City. Authorities in Iowa responded to the accident involving a motorcycle and a pick-up truck. According to preliminary reports, the accident happened around 11 p.m. when the driver of the pick-up truck failed to stop at a stop sign. The two vehicles collided and the driver of the bike was killed and the passenger on the bike was seriously injured.

Following the accident, the driver of the truck was arrested. It was reported that they suspected the driver of fleeing the scene of the accident following the wreck. Furthermore, officers suspect that the driver ran a stop sign. In addition to criminal and traffic penalties, the driver could also face civil liabilities.

The loved ones of the killed motorcyclist could file a wrongful death claim in order to recover compensation for the damages and expenses that resulted from the accident. In addition, the injured passenger could file a personal injury claim. The resulting compensation would cover damages including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Too many motorcycle accidents end in tragedy. Those affected by a motorcycle crash either due to injury or losing a loved one in a collision should seek to understand their options. This could mean filing a claim for compensation in order to reduce the financial hardships the accident caused.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, "1 killed in Iowa motorcycle crash; man arrested," Aug. 31, 2013

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