Council Bluffs Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Exclusively Representing the Injured in Nebraska & Iowa
Motorcycles have become more popular in recent years, which has also led to an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents. As one might expect, accidents involving motorcycles almost always injure the rider more severely than the automobile driver. The medical expenses from a motorcycle accident can be high. Unfortunately, there is also a stigma against motorcycle riders that make insurance companies eager to blame them when an accident occurs.
No one should immediately dismiss your case just because you were riding a motorcycle – especially when considering how serious these injuries can be. At Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., our Council Bluffs motorcycle accident attorney works closely with accident victims throughout Iowa and Nebraska. We can help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
To arrange a free initial consultation, please call our firm today at (712) 481-9066.
Determining the Cause of the Accident
Due to the stigma against motorcycle riders, there is increased pressure on the injury victims to prove that they were not at fault for the accident. Given the chaos of the accident itself and the mayhem of the immediate aftermath, it’s not unusual for riders to be unclear of all the details regarding the accident. Thankfully, this is not something you need to figure out alone. Our experienced personal injury attorney knows how to build these cases and perform an investigation. We can help you figure out what really happened that day.
The following are some common causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Bad weather
- Speeding drivers
- Fast lane changing
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Distracted driving such as talking on the phone or changing music
How Dangerous Are Motorcycles?
It's common knowledge that riding a motorcycle comes with the risk of getting into an accident and being seriously injured. Statistically, motorcycle riders are 29 times more likely to be killed in an accident compared to getting into a car accident. Additionally, driving a motorcycle takes much more skill than driving a car. The average motorcycle weighs around 400 pounds, which the driver has to balance along with their own weight and the weight of a passenger, if they have one.
Motorcycle Laws in Iowa
It is statistically proven that wearing a helmet increases chances of survival significantly, but the state of Iowa is one of only a few states in the country that does not require any riders, of any age, to wear a motorcycle helmet. According to Iowa State University, between 2015-2018 only 16% of motorcycle drivers were wearing a helmet when they crashed.
Lane splitting, a common and dangerous practice in the motorcycle community, is a gray area. It's discouraged, but not necesessarily illegal.
Council Bluffs Motorcycle Accident Attorneys on Your Side
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or if a member of your family died in a bike wreck, please contact a skilled personal injury attorney at Gallner & Pattermann. We understand that motorcycle accident victims can face an enormous challenge in obtaining financial compensation.
We offer free consultations so that you can learn more about your legal options. Call us today at (712) 481-9066.
Service to Injured Workers
As a member of the Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Attorneys, Laura Pattermann has devoted her practice to representing injured workers.
Dedicated to Being Available
Our team is committed to being available to our clients, including by answering phones and returning calls promptly.
We believe that each client is entitled to work directly with the legal team they hired and do not deserve to be treated like a case number.
Only Represent the Injured
Our attorneys are licensed to practice in Iowa and Nebraska and are committed to helping the injured receive compensation in both states.
Our team boasts more than 100 years of combined experience in the fields of workers' compensation and personal injury law.
Insurance Industry Insight
Our team is comprised of former insurance defense lawyers, who now leverage their unique insight on behalf of the injured.