How common are fatal motorcycle accidents in Iowa?

In Iowa, numbers of fatal motorcycle accidents are lower than in some other, more populous states, but the state still sees roughly 50 fatal accidents a year. In the year 2011, Iowa experienced a record low number of fatalities going back five years, but the state saw an increase in 2012 according to preliminary data.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Iowa

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011 there were 36 fatal motorcycle crashes in the state. This was down from the 60 fatalities that occurred in 2010. However, there were 55 motorcycle fatalities in 2012 according to data made available by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Statistics from the last six years are as follows:

  • 2012 – 55;
  • 2011 – 36;
  • 2010 – 60;
  • 2009 – 49;
  • 2008 – 55; and
  • 2007 – 62.

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) shows patterns for which months had the most fatal motorcycle accidents in 2012. They were the highest in May (12) and August (11). August saw the most fatalities in 2011, too, with 10.

Wrongful Death Claims after Fatal Accidents

Families in Ottumwa and nearby communities who are affected by these fatal accidents are left to pick up the pieces both emotionally and financially. If the accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, your family could be entitled to recover compensation for damages. These could include medical bills, potential wages now lost, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and more.

A personal injury attorney at Walker, Billingsley & Bair can provide legal consultation and guidance if you're considering filing a wrongful death personal injury claim following a fatal motorcycle accident. You can reach us at 888-435-9886. 

Corey Walker
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