The recent fatal motorcycle accident of a West Des Moines police officer shows just how dangerous it can be to ride a motorcycle, even for an experienced and trained motorcyclist. Usually the accident is not the fault of the motorcyclist. In fact, the majority of the causes of fatal motorcycle accidents nationwide are car, van, pick-up truck and semi-truck drivers that either stray across the center line or turn left into the path of oncoming traffic.
Iowa Motorcycle Accident Stats
In Iowa, according to the most recent data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 52 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2014; that is up from 41 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2013.
Motorcyclists can help to reduce their risks while riding by wearing bright and reflective clothing to increase their visibility to other drivers. They can also move away from the center-line, to the right portion of the roadway when approaching oncoming traffic, and slow down when approaching an intersection.
Helmet use saves lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the 52 Iowa fatal motorcycle accidents that occurred in 2014, 15 of those were wearing a helmet and 37 were not wearing a helmet. The NHTSA calculated that 9 motorcyclists were saved by helmet use in 2014.
Although, we cannot control negligence by other drivers, we can minimize the risk of riding a motorcycle by driving defensively, wearing protective gear and highly visible clothing.
Contact our experienced team of Iowa Motorcycle Injury Attorneys. Our attorneys are here to hold responsible parties accountable and to help the families recover from their devastating losses.