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ABATE gears Iowa for motorcycle safety

ABATE, or A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education, of District 15 in Iowa, stated that since the summer days are fast approaching, it is high time for motorcycle riders and the public to learn how to treat injured victims of motorcycle accidents. They stated this information is critical since wounds from these accidents can be vastly different from injuries incurred in a car crash.

On Saturday, March 19, this non-profit organization conducted seminars regarding motorcycle safety with first responders, motorcycle riders, nurses, and other individuals. Genesis emergency medical technician, Samantha Krider, suggested people attend more installments of the seminar later and motorcyclist Scott Moeller stated, “With [the] knowledge [gathered from the talk], you can keep a better head…there’s no panic involved.”

The aim of the seminar was to provide motorcycle riders with knowledge regarding handling motorcycle accidents, thereby making them more confident about their riding skills and their ability to keep themselves and friends safe.

If you are a motorcyclist who has been injured in an accident, you might consider seeking legal assistance and representation from our attorneys at The Biker Lawyers by calling our offices today at (877) 209-9452 so we can help you pursue financial compensation from those responsible.


Bicycle bill passes Senate committee

Senate Bill 2076, introduced by State Senator Matt McCoy (Democrat) in Iowa, was approved on Tuesday, February 16 by the Iowa Senate committee on transportation. The proposed law seeks to broaden an already existing law that prevents motorists from driving too close to bicycles along the highway. The new bill would expand the coverage of this safety requirement to bicycles in designated bike lanes.

According to McCoy, the bill, which is already in practice in 37 other states, is designed to protect bike riders on the road, who have as much right to be on roadways as other motorists. For his part, State Senator Tim Kapucian (Republican) said the bill only confirms current policy.

Statistics show that between the years 2005 and 2014, 53 bicyclists were killed in accidents involving cars in Iowa. Currently, motorists can be fined $250 for driving to close to a bicyclist and $100 for violating Iowa passing laws.

Our legal team at The Biker Lawyers understands exactly how dangerous motorists who fail to share the road can be. If you have suffered in an accident caused by a negligent driver, do not hesitate to call us at (877) 209-9452 today.


Ames police to conduct seminars on motor vehicle safety

Ames Police Commander Jason Tuttle has stated that after the hit-and-run accident that happened in December 2015 and caused the death of an Iowa State University student, it is high time for the city and the university to come up with strategies to keep bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists along Lincoln Way safe from vehicular accidents.

One of the city’s plans is to hold a pedestrian and traffic safety information session along Lincoln Way on Monday, January 11 at around 11:00 a.m. During the session, police officers will take up posts at each intersection from Ash Avenue to Hayward Avenue.

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injuries from accidents on the road, and that’s why negligent drivers who do not look out for others can cause significant harm. At The Biker Lawyers, our legal team represents motorcycle drivers and passengers who have been the victims of negligent drivers or accidents. Call our offices at (877) 209-9452 to discuss your situation and learn more about your legal options today.


Acceptable motorcycle helmet rules to become more stringent

The United States Department of Transportation has proposed measures that aim to install tougher rules for motorcycle helmets in a bid to crack down on the sale and manufacture of “novelty helmets,” according to Yahoo! News on May 20.

The proposal aims to specify the definition of an acceptable motorcycle helmet with standards defining thickness and compression ability. Novelty helmets are described to cover only a small part of the head, they have less than the standard thickness that regular helmets have, and do not have the necessary absorbency to withstand the impact of a crash, the department reported. Many buy them with style rather than safety in mind.

Quality helmets go a long way toward preventing deaths associated with motorcycle accidents.

The attorneys at The Biker Lawyers, are committed to protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims. Call our offices today at (877) 209-9452 if you have a case you need legal help with.


Road safety comes first this spring

Spring is finally here, and with the warm weather arriving, more people are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors – people who are walking and taking strolls down the road, people who are jogging to keep fit, and people who are cruising around on their bikes and motorcycles, according to a KWQC article on March 11.

With the realization that many people are outside, every driver should take the time to ensure that road safety comes first.

“Look twice, save a life,” is what motorcycle rights organization Abate of Iowa District 15 Coordinator Jeff Hoker advocates. Hoker noted that every motor vehicle operator should make it a point to check blind spots so as not to miss anyone, as well as provide extra space for motorcycles so that bikers can have the space to brake if they need to–thereby preventing motorcycle accidents.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, you do not have to face the consequences alone. Contact our attorneys at The Biker Lawyers, for legal assistance in this matter by calling (877) 209-9452 today.


Two Wheel Trauma to conduct accident management seminar

Emergency Medical Services personnel, first responders, and others in the medical community will attend a seminar conducted by the Two Wheel Trauma Program on March 21, KWQC reported.

The program will cover accident management, especially how to treat people who have incurred injuries due to motorcycle, moped, snowmobile, bicycle, or all-terrain vehicle accidents.

The event will take place at Genesis Medical Center East Campus Heart Institute Adler at East Rusholme Street in Davenport, Iowa.

Aside from learning about techniques for giving first-aid treatment to victims and reducing the amount of body damage the victim could be exposed to, the seminar will also teach attendees how to avoid exposing themselves to injuries while providing treatment.

If your health and safety has been compromised in a motorcycle accident due to the negligent actions of other motorists on the road, our competent attorneys at The Biker Lawyers, may provide you with the competent legal assistance you need to pursue a claim against those responsible for your plight. Call our offices today at (877) 209-9452 to begin taking action.


Advocacy group claims Iowa has some of the worst traffic laws

Washington, D.C.-based consumer, health, and safety rights group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety declared that the state of Iowa has some of the worst traffic safety standards in the United States and they are pushing for legislative changes, according to thegazette.com.

According to the organization, Iowa only has five of the 14 optimal traffic safety laws needed by a city. In its 2015 Roadmap Report on Highway Safety, the group stated that having these laws can help lessen fatalities and injuries along major roadways. Catherine Chase, the group’s vice president of governmental affairs, suggested lawmakers start crafting legislation for requiring ignition interlocks for convicted drunk drivers, booster seats for children aged four to seven, seat belts for rear seat passengers, and an all-driver texting ban.

If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of a reckless or drunk driver, our lawyers at the The Biker Lawyerscan help you pursue negligent parties in order to recover your losses. Call our offices today at (877) 209-9452.


Five weeks, four deadly motorcycle crashes in Linn County

Over the course of just over four weeks, there have already been four fatal accidents involving motorcyclists, all within Linn County.

The most recent accident involves Benjamin Kinkead, 36, who lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a ditch just south of Palo on the morning of Saturday, July 26. Another motorcyclist, Evan Volkers, 24, was fatally hit by a semi-trailer while going south on an exit ramp along I-380 on the morning of July 14.

These occurrences have been stunning the Cedar Rapids area, thus reinforcing local motorcyclists to drive defensively and remain visible. Cedar Rapids police has advised motorcyclists in the area to wear helmets and bright-colored clothing to increase their visibility and lessen their physical injuries, should they encounter an accident on the road. Our entire legal team at The Biker Lawyers. sends our deepest condolences to the families of those affected by these local tragedies.


New helmet-mounted brake light enhances motorcycle safety

Motorcycles are significantly smaller than other vehicles such as cars or trucks. As such, many drivers simply do not see motorcyclists on the road and end up colliding with them by mistake.

As such, motorcyclists must remain highly visible to other drivers at all times, especially at night. Thankfully, an extra brake light that mounts on motorcycle helmets is now available, making riders a bit more noticeable to others.

The Whistler WHL-80 Helmet Safety Light mounts to any helmet and wirelessly connects to a motorcycle’s wiring. Once connected, the helmet syncs up with the motorcycle’s brakes as well as left and right turn signals.

The WHL-80 safety light is sold for $100 on various websites.

Many individuals enjoy the open-air, freedom, and fuel efficiency of riding on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, far too often, riders suffer severe injuries because of the carelessness of other drivers around them. If you have been injured on a motorcycle because of another party’s recklessness or negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. If you would like to discuss the particulars of your case with a knowledgeable, experienced attorney, contact the motorcycle accident lawyers at the The Biker Lawyers, by calling (877) 209-9452 today.


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