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Compassionate And Committed Attorneys Helping Victims Of Motorcycle Accidents

When you compare motorcycles to other vehicles on the road, they are much smaller and have far fewer security measures to protect the driver. This lack of protection often translates into more severe injuries for cyclists involved in motor vehicle accidents. With more severe injuries, more severe expenses are sure to follow; so how can you get compensation to cover these costs? You’re going to need a motorcycle personal injury lawyer – one with the experience necessary to fight for your fair compensation.

At the office of Stuart Tinley Law Firm LLP in Council Bluffs, you can find a team of motorcycle accident attorneys who have been serving the surrounding Iowa and Nebraska communities for generations. We know the short term and long-term costs of a motorcycle injury and understand how to secure the most favorable outcome in a personal injury claim.

An Insurance Agent Is Not Enough

After an accident, insurance companies may try to move quickly to convince you to accept a settlement offer for your injuries. While this may seem like a blessing, the first offer you receive is commonly not the best offer you can get and likely won’t cover all of your costs.

When you choose us to represent you and your personal injury claim, we know how to review your unique situation to determine a fair value for every cost of your injury, and we know how to negotiate for that value. Let us advocate on your behalf to deal with your compensation claim, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. You should not have to settle for less in your compensation claim, and you can count on us to do the same.

How Often Do Dangerous Motorcycle Accidents Occur In Iowa and Nebraska?

According to a study by the Iowa Department of Transportation, vehicular crashes involving motorcycles accounted for less than 2% of all crashes on Iowa roads from 2014 to 2018. While that percentage may seem low, motorcycles were disproportionately involved in more than 16% of total fatalities and serious injuries within the same period.

Other findings from the study include:

  • Weekends and summer months saw more motorcycle crashes in Iowa.
  • Most motorcycle crashes in the state happened during daylight hours, specifically between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • 65% of motorcycle crashes occurred in urban areas, while 35% happened on rural roads.

While not all motorcycle-related crashes will fit these criteria, the key takeaway is that a motorcycle crash has a good chance of resulting in serious injuries or even death. No matter where in Iowa or Nebraska you may be – Omaha or Council Bluffs, in the middle of the city or out of town – you can be at risk for an accident.

The Most Common Causes Of Motorcycle Crashes In Omaha

Because motorcycle riders have little between them and the open road, they’re more exposed to road hazards and automobile drivers. This also means that if a crash occurs, the damages can be catastrophic.

Some of the more common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Driver negligence: Negligent behavior by other motorists on the road is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents. This includes actions such as failing to yield the right-of-way, making improper lane changes, and failing to check blind spots before merging or turning.
  • Lack of visibility: Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than other vehicles, making it easier for drivers to overlook them.
  • Lane splitting: Lane splitting, or riding between lanes of stopped or slow-moving traffic, is illegal in Iowa and can lead to collisions with vehicles changing lanes or opening doors unexpectedly.

If you’ve been injured while riding a motorcycle due to another driver’s negligence or carelessness, you may be able to file a claim against that driver’s liability insurance.

However, dealing with the other driver’s insurer can be challenging. You might need a motorcycle injury lawyer who can advise you on your case and represent you. The attorneys at Stuart Tinley Law Firm can help.

Begin Building Your Claim Today

The sooner you act to seek the compensation you deserve after your accident, the sooner you can get the funds you need. If you are ready to meet with a team of attorneys compassionate to your cause and committed to helping you, contact us by calling 712-261-6033 or emailing us here to schedule your initial consultation today.