This motorcycle accident in Van Buren County is what I refer to as one caused by the non-contact driver. I recently settled a similar motorcycle accident in Black Hawk County. In our client’s case an oncoming car turned left, directly in front of the motorcycle rider causing him to lay the bike down. During the accident the client sustained a severe knee injury that ultimately required surgery. He lost time from work and school; and he watched the medical bills climb.

This one in Van Buren County is a similar type of accident in that there was a noncontact vehicle driver who caused the motorcycle driver (Joshua Pohren, 36) to have to crash his bike. When cars turn to make a left turn and turn directly in front of the motorcycle, the rider has few choices and each is ugly. In this case there is also a passenger Melissa P. Karr, who would have a claim against the other driver. One attorney would not be able to represent both driver and passenger because of the claim of the driver’s negligence, if any. Both the driver and the passenger were injured and they should have their own Iowa personal injury lawyer. (Call us if we can help - 515-222-1110)

I wonder if any witness has the plate number for the car turning north onto W30? In our case we had a cooperating witness who was following our motorcyclist client. Our client was lucky there was an honest citizen nearby; and I have to admit the other driver admitted what she did. Hopefully Pohren and Karr are as lucky. Good luck and if we can help you give us a call using the contact form.

The Trooper’s description of the accident sequence follows:

  • UNIT 1 WAS EASTBOOUND ON HWY 16
  • DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS MOTORCYCLE WHEN ATTEMPTING TO AVOID
  • STRIKING A 2ND EASTBOUND NON-CONTACT VEH THAT WAS TURNING
  • NORTH ONTO W30
  • BOTH DRIVER & PASSENGER OF MOTORCYLE WERE THROWN OFF
  • MOTORCYCLE CAME TO REST ON SOUTH SIDE OF HWY 16
  • ACCIDENT STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION
Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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