On June 29th 2009 Daniel Eugene Carson and Jane Ann Carson were involved in a life threatening motorcycle accident in Linn County, Iowa. Mr. Carson veered off the C Avenue extension east of Robins  and both passengers were thrown from the bike as it left the highway and jumped the driveway. Both were flown to University of Iowa Hospital and neither was wearing their helmets.

Questions to be answered:

If they were wearing their helmets would their injuries have been less threatening?

What caused the driver to lose control and veer off of the C Avenue extension?

Was speed involved?

Had the driver been drinking?

Was another vehicle involved?

Is the driver of the motorcycle liable to the passenger for injuries?

Did the driver have insurance?

Did the rider or passenger have auto insurance that will provide coverage?

Did either have health insurance that would pay for the ambulance and hospital bills?

Did the bike’s owner have a medical pay coverage that will pay for medical expenses?

If both types of medical coverage which should pay first to maximize the amount of coverage?

Is there underinsured motorist coverage that could pay for the passenger’s losses?

The list of unanswered questions is endless….

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