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Motorcyclist injured in Iowa DUI crash

For some Iowa residents, the warm weather that spring brings also brings out motorcycles. These small vehicles are often driven for enjoyment. Although certain safety features such as a helmet are available, these vehicles do not offer the same level of safety as other automobiles do. This means that if a motorcycle crash were to occur, those traveling on the bike could become seriously injured. This is why it is important that other drivers are aware of their surroundings so they do not collide with a motorcycle traveling near them.

Following a recent motorcycle accident, the 51-year-old motorcyclist struck by a car is still in a critical but stable condition. According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on East 30th Street. The 21-year-old motorist was traveling northbound when they struck the motorcyclist that was traveling southbound on East 30th Street. The vehicle then lost control and hit a concrete wall on the bridge.

Emergency crews arrived to the scene and confirmed that the motorcyclists suffered major injuries such as a fractured skull and brain swelling after he was thrown from his bike. He was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

Authorities administered field sobriety tests and determined that the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated. A breath test revealed that they had a BAC of 0.191. The driver was charged with an OWI, causing serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain control of their vehicle, having an open container and driving without a valid license.

In addition to facing criminal penalties, the driver could endure civil liabilities. When a negligent driver causes a crash due to distractions or intoxication, they could be liable for the injuries and damages they caused. The injured party could file a personal injury claim in order to recover compensation. The monetary award could help cover the costs of medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, damages and pain and suffering.

A motorcycle accident is often very serious. Those injured are often severely injured and might require much medical attention and surgeries. This could leave the injured party and their loved ones with financial burdens. Those affected should establish whether they have a potential cause of action because this could alleviate their hardships.

Source: The Des Moines Register, "Motorcyclist still in critical condition after weekend crash," Lauren Horsch, March 31, 2014

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