Were You Injured On Your Motorcycle?
There is nothing quite like riding your motorcycle, whether around town or out on the open road. As an avid rider himself, our founder, Michael Norris, knows just how great riding can be. He also knows how dangerous it can be when other drivers don’t pay attention to you. Accidents are far too common, and those accidents tend to be severe or even deadly.
Attorney Norris started Norris Injury Law Group to help clients throughout the Des Moines area with personal injury cases, but he is especially interested in helping fellow motorcycle riders with their accident cases. He has 20 years of experience fighting for the damages our clients deserve.
Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents In Iowa
Motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. The most common thing we hear from drivers who hit a motorcycle is that they “didn’t see it.” Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, it’s true, but that is no excuse. The real reasons for these accidents tend to fall into the following categories:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Changing lanes, lane splitting or passing too closely
- Speeding motorists
- Turning left into the motorcycle
No matter the reason for the crash, whether it was a truck accident or other crash, if another driver’s negligence caused your accident, you can pursue damages from them by filing a personal injury claim.
Recovering For Catastrophic Injuries
Due to the size of vehicles and the fact that riders lack the protection of a car, motorcycle accident injuries tend to be more severe than other vehicle crashes.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – TBIs can happen even if you wore your helmet during the accident. Brain injuries can run the gamut from mild to quite severe.
- Spinal cord injuries – Due to your impact with the ground, your spine can take severe damage and even lead to paralysis.
- Broken bones and amputation – People often break bones and can even lose limbs due to their impact with the road or another vehicle.
They are also more likely to end in a fatality. If you lost a loved one due to a motorcycle accident, we can help you through the process of filing a wrongful death suit. No matter how severe the injury, we will advocate for you every step of the way to bring you the compensation you need to fully recover.
Answers For Your Questions
Many of our clients have a lot of questions when they come to us for legal assistance. To help you get the information you need, we have taken the time to answer some of the more common questions we get here:
Are helmets required in Iowa?
Helmets are not required for motorcycle riders in Iowa, and not wearing one does not prevent you from winning an accident case. Despite this, it is in your best interest to wear one, as it can significantly reduce the chances of a traumatic brain injury in an accident.
Are bikers automatically at fault after an accident?
Bikers are not automatically at fault in an accident; fault is determined by the specific circumstances of each case. We will take the time to review your case and establish who is at fault based on the evidence of your claim.
Can you recover property damage costs after a motorcycle accident?
Yes, you can recover property damage costs if you’re not at fault in a motorcycle accident. Our goal is to maximize the compensation you receive to reflect all of the current and future costs of your injuries.
What is the average settlement after a motorcycle accident?
There is no mandatory settlement value on these claims. In a personal injury claim, we fight to pursue compensation that covers injury costs like medical bills, lost income and loss of earning potential, and loss of bodily function.
Get The Guidance You Need
We are ready to get started on your case. We offer free, no-fee guarantee initial appointments for all of our clients. If you decide to hire our attorneys, we charge on a contingency basis, which means you only pay if we recover financially for you. Call our West Des Moines office to schedule your free meeting at 515-297-7482 or send us a message online.