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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.


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.


Iowa City local killed in motorcycle accident

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa has reported that an Iowa City resident lost his life on Friday, November 6 at around 11:01 p.m. after the motorcycle he was driving crashed at 3053 Rohret Road SW in Iowa City, Iowa.

The victim was identified as 26-year-old I-An Liang.

Liang had been heading east of Rohret Road on a motorcycle when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a ditch. He was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where he succumbed to his fatal injuries.

According to Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek, Liang had not been wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. Liang’s passenger, who was yet to be identified publicly by police authorities and who was wearing a helmet during the accident, was transported to a nearby hospital to for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the accident remains a mystery to authorities, who are still investigating the situation in an attempt to determine what happened.


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.


Minnesota man dies after colliding with deputy’s squad car in Iowa

Fifty-five-year-old Breckenridge, Minnesota motorcyclist Laverne Schweertman sustained injuries of an unknown nature and was hospitalized after colliding with Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office deputy Josh Roberts in Spirit Lake, Iowa on August 8, the Sioux City Journal reported.

Schweertman was heading east in the westbound lane when he came into contact with the passenger-side door of a squad car east of Spirit Lake at around 2 a.m. He was brought to the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls for the treatment of his wounds. Iowa State Patrol is currently launching an investigation into the incident, trying to discover the circumstances that may have caused the motorcycle accident.

Because of the inherent lack of physical protection, motorcyclists are at greater risk for serious injury in the event of an accident. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence or reckless driving of someone else, the legal team at the The Biker Lawyers, may help you pursue the funds you need to recover. Call our offices at (877) 209-9452 to learn more.


I-29 construction contributed to motorcycle crash

An unidentified motorcycle driver was severely wounded in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 29 in Sioux City and is due to soon undergo surgery for treatment, the Sioux City Journal reported on July 30.

According to Sioux City Police’s Lieutenant Mark Kirpatrick’s preliminary investigations, the driver of the motorcycle lost control over his bike as traffic slowed in a construction zone. Vehicles must merge and slow down in this area due to extensive construction, and although officials are concerned with improving the safety of the highway, there is limited space to work with.

Investigators continue to assess the case and whether any other parties were involved.

The attorneys at the The Biker Lawyers, understand that unsafe highway features and irresponsible drivers often cause accidents. We also know that sometimes, negligent parties can be held responsible for any medical expenses or property damage if you have experienced an accident through no fault of your own. Call our offices today at (877) 209-9452 to learn about your legal options.


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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