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Motorcyclist pronounced dead in Iowa crash

As spring starts to bring more and more warm weather, residents of Iowa begin to see more and more motorcyclists on the roadways. Whether they are going out for a quick ride on a gorgeous day, are using it to travel to their destination or are going through the state as they travel across the nation, these small vehicles could include some serious risks. Unlike other automobiles, not many safety features exist. This means that if a motorcycle accident were to occur, a motorcyclist could easily be thrown from their bike, causing serious or even fatal injuries.

Following a crash just north of the Quad Cities, a motorcyclist was killed. The accident took place on the 3800 block of Highway 136 just two miles east of Goose Lake. The fatal motorcycle crash happened around 7:30 p.m. when they were struck by a vehicle. The details surrounding the incident were not reported at this time.

When emergency crews arrived at the scene of the crash, they found both the motorcyclist and their motorcycle lying in the westbound lanes of the roadway. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The accident remains under investigation as officers seek to understand what caused the crash. It is not clear if a suspected driver was charged at this time. Once cause is established, authorities will be able to assign fault and liability. A negligent driver could face civil liabilities after a fatal crash.

The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death suit, which could provide them with compensation. The monetary award could be used to offset the costs associated with the accident. It could be applied to expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages, damages and pain and suffering.

Following a serious or fatal motorcycle accident, those involved should conduct an additional investigation in order to establish cause and provide them with the information needed to establish whether they have a cause of action. This could allow loved ones to alleviate financial burdens while also helping them cope with their loss.

Source: WQAD, "Motorcyclist Dies in Clinton County, Iowa Accident," Angie Sharp, April 7, 2014

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