On October 18th 2009 at around 11:50 p.m. Ryan Thomas Brooks was eastbound on Southwest Army Post Road when his motorcycle collided with the Dodge Charger driven by Ramonte Davis. Mr. Davis is said to have pulled onto Southwest Army Post Road to back into a parking spot when Mr. Brooks crashed into the front fender of the Dodge. Mr. Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene and police believe that speed was a factor in the accident and have said that Mr. Brooks was wearing a helmet.

Not seeing motorcycles is an often given excuse for having caused a crash with one. A proper lookout is a lookout that looks not just for the obvious, but also the less than obvious drivers, like motorcycles. As a driver you aren’t responsible for just what you saw, but for what was obviously there or that you can anticipate can be there and is lawfully using the city streets and roadways. In this instance the driver of the car is most likely the at-fault driver and can be held liable to the estate and dependents. Before backing up look, look hard and look for motorcycles. They too have the right to use the roads and to assume other drivers will obey the laws in Iowa.

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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