Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Traffic Incidents, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The United States is a very large country, full of sprawling metropolises and countless rural towns sometimes hundreds of miles from a major city. Because of this, the States have a huge network of highways and roads, and most people drive personal vehicles every single day. Of course, with everyone out on the roads, car accidents are going to happen every day. It is an oft cited statistic that you are more likely to die in a car accident than any other mode of transportation, and this is why car companies have invested millions in all sorts of safety features. Unfortunately, the safety features of motorcycles are limited, but they remain a very popular way to get around.

According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa state senator Chaz Allen lost his brother in a motorcycle accident in 2011, and just this year he also lost his father to a motorcycle accident. His father was killed in early June at the age of 75, and the accident almost cost the life of Allen’s mother, who was clinging to her husband as they hit a deer that had bounded into the road. The funeral, bikers from around the city showed up to pay their respects to the song of their people: the hum of a motorcycle engine. The statistics in Iowa are concerning. There are around 40-60 motorcycle fatalities every year, and most of these deaths afflict riders who did not wear helmets or take the proper safety precautions. Iowa is just one of three states that do not mandate that motorcycle riders wear a helmet, the other two being Illinois and New Hampshire. One reason it is difficult to get these laws passed is that bikers have a strong sense of freedom, and the main reason they get a bike in the first place is to feel the wind in their hair and really connect with the world while riding.

There has always been a sense of community among bikers, and even after tragic deaths, there are few who give up riding completely. In Iowa especially, where riding culture is big, there are Biker Lawyers who are dedicated to protecting the rights of motorcyclists around the state. It is important that specific lawyers exist to address these issues, as even the smallest accident can be fatal. Of course, in order to prevent more deaths, the Iowa State government ought to implement some sort of helmet law. Even though it may cost the state money in order to enforce this new law, it will surely bring down the motorcycle death toll.

Traffic accidents and deaths are an unfortunate inevitability in the United States, and it will be impossible to bring the death count down to zero. Even so, it is important that there are protections in place for motorcyclists, the most vulnerable population of drivers. Even if it takes away a feeling of freedom, a push to mandate helmet use will help immensely. Even if that is not attainable, an education campaign for helmet use and taking proper safety precautions should become the norm.

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