Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers

The family of a Des Moines man killed in a motorcycle accident last fall is working to raise awareness about the dangers motorcyclists face on Iowa roads and are encouraging drivers to watch out for the presence of motorcycles so another tragedy can be avoided.

The 57-year-old victim collided with a car last year while trying to stop when a passing motorist cut him off. The driver who is believed to have caused the fatal accident has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide by reckless driving, vehicular homicide by operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Some believe his impairment resulted in him not seeing the motorcycle in his path or contributed to his reckless driving.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents caused by a drunk driver often result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. When motorcyclists are involved in an accident at the hands of a negligent driver, many families are left to deal with serious injuries or the loss of a loved one.

When a drunk driver causes an accident with a motorcyclist, he or she will likely face criminal charges for drunk driving. In addition to a criminal action, a civil case for injuries or death resulting from a drunk driver related crash may be brought to seek compensation for the injured or their families.

An experienced Iowa motorcycle accident injury lawyer or an Iowa wrongful death attorney will use as proof the fact that criminal charges have been assessed against the driver to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim and will use as evidence the police records of the blood alcohol content (BAC) of the drunk driver and witness testimony obtained independently or through the criminal complaint to pursue damages against the negligent driver.

If your family member has been hurt in a car accident involving a motorcycle, pedestrian or another vehicle, it can be very difficult to navigate the emotional and financial impact of such a catastrophic event.

Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file for compensation relating to medical costs, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages including future wages, inhibited earning capacity, pain and suffering and punitive damages.  In the tragic event that your loved one has been killed in an Iowa car accident, a family may want to seek compensation for funerary costs, loss of income, and loss of consortium as you continue the grieving process.

Contact Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Contact the Des Moines motorcycle accident lawyers of Stoltze & Stoltze PLC for experienced personal injury or wrongful death representation if you or a loved one has been injured in an Iowa motor vehicle accident. Call515.989.8529 for a free consultation of your case or email us through our website today.