Iowa bike crash fatalities are still on the rise, with the eighth fatality this year occurring on July 19. 58-year old Dan Lehn, a professor at Coe College, was hit and killed early Tuesday morning by a pick-up truck at the intersection of Highway 965 and Meadow Road NE in Johnson County. From 2011 to 2015, there were only four bike fatalities each year according to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition. They also stated that half of bike fatalities are caused by motor vehicles failing to yield when passing the bicyclist. The Coalition is working to pass laws that will require drivers to change lanes before passing and that will increase the penalties for drivers violating the rules of the road that were meant to protect bicyclists. Iowa's RAGBRAI is set to begin next week and bicyclists will be on the roads in greater numbers, requiring drivers to keep a closer lookout and safer distance to ensure against further deaths of bicyclists.
Were you involved in a bike-car-truck accident? These are not easy cases to win and be aware the car’s driver will try to blame you. You can’t even trust your own insurance company’s adjuster because they are concerned with paying you under your own policy. It’s not unusual for these collisions to result in severe, life changing injuries that are catastrophic so consider hiring us as soon after the collision as you are able. I don’t say that lightly, after 30-years I’ve seen how the insurance industry is designed to protect their bottom line instead of your rights. Call us if you have legal questions. Steve Lombardi is a personal injury lawyer in Iowa. If you, your spouse or a member of your family or friends are involved in any kind of accident contact the Lombardi Law Firm. We can assist you with your claim. Don't delay, call today.