Iowa accidents kill 4 motorcyclists over weekend

Four people lost their lives this weekend in Iowa motorcycle accidents, bringing the total number of Iowa motorcycle fatalities to 11 since the beginning of 2012.

This number is four more than it was at the same time in 2011. The Iowa Department of Transportation offered a reason for the slight increase, stating that the warmer, nicer weather earlier in the year may have increased the amount of motorcyclists who are out on the roads.

Last year, a total of 35 people lost their lives in motorcycle accidents. Motor vehicle drivers are urged to stay alert while on the road to help avoid motorcyclists.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in the state of Iowa, please contact the Iowa motorcycle accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Iowa Air Force sergeant killed in Arizona accident

A 36-year-old Iowa native was killed in a motorcycle accident that occurred in Arizona.

According to officials at the Air Force base in Tucson, the man, an Air Force sergeant, was traveling Saguaro National Park when he was involved in the motorcycle accident.

The man was then taken to a hospital in Tucson where he was later pronounced dead. Police are still investigating the accident at this time. The man has  been living  in Tucson since 2008 and recently returned from Iraq.

Our deepest condolences are with the friends and family of the victim at this time.



Hit-and-run crash results in arrest of Iowa student

A student at the University of Northern Iowa has recently been released from jail after being arrested for a hit-and-run motorcycle accident that occurred in October.

According to Iowa officials, the 21-year-old student was traveling down Highway 57 when her vehicle veered left and crossed the center line colliding with a motorcycle.

The collision caused the motorcyclist to suffer from serious injuries including a fractured collar bone, fractured ribs and the amputation of one of her legs. The student was not intoxicated in the accident, but phone records show that she was texting at the time. She fled the scene, but later turned herself in and is facing multiple charges.



Iowa motorcyclist undergoes 21 hours of surgery after crash

A Cedar Rapids man suffered a fractured femur, elbow, and ribs along with a ruptured bladder and abdominal bleeding after he was involved in a motorcycle crash last week.

30-year-old Brian Smith crashed into the side of an SUV near the intersection of Center Point Road and O Avenue. The driver of the SUV was heading southbound in the right lane of the one-way road when she attempted to turn left. Smith was driving his motorcycle in the left lane and ran into the SUV as it was turning.

Along with his other injuries, Smith also sustained third-degree burns on his left leg when his motorcycle caught on fire following the crash. The victim has undergone 21 hours of surgery, including one five-hour procedure. He is being treated at University of Iowa Hospitals in Clinics in Iowa City, and is now out of the ICU and in stable condition.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an Iowa motorcycle accident, contact the Iowa motorcycle accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



U.S. 40 collision sends motorcyclist to hospital

A motorcyle and a car collided on U.S. 40 yesterday, sending the motorcyclist to the hospital.

The collision took place at the intersection of Chamberlain Road and U.S. 40. A little after 2pm yesterday, the motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on the highway and was making his way through the intesection at Chamberlain Road. At a 7900 block driveway, a 28-year-old woman driving a white car began pulling out onto the roadway, unaware of the oncoming motorcycle.

The motorcycle and the car collided, causing damage to both vehicles. Although the woman was not injured, the motorcyclist was taken by Lifeline Helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment of a head injury.

The Lost Creek Fire Department and Vigo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.  The intersection was cleared out about an hour after the incident occurred.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an Iowa motorcycle accident, contact the Iowa motorcycle accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Two Injured in Iowa Motorcycle Accident

Two people sustained minor injuries in a motorcycle accident in Iowa Monday.

According to officials with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. Monday on Lafayette County W in New Diggings Township. Deputies say 43 year-old William Salyars and his passenger, 53 year-old Julie Salyars, both of Anamosa, were traveling west on a motorcycle when he pulled into the east lane of traffic in a no-passing zone. Salyars then had to avoid an oncoming collision and steered the vehicle into a roadside ditch. Both he and Julie Salyars were ejected from the vehicle in the crash.

The two victims were transported by ground ambulance to a Dubuque hospital. The name of the hospital was not released by police. Neither Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque nor The Finley Hospital had a patient listing of the couple on Tuesday.

If you have been injured in an Iowa auto accident, please contact the Iowa Motorcycle Accident Lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Firefighter Seriously Injured in Iowa Motorcycle Accident

The Fox Valley Villages Sun reports that, “An Aurora firefighter remains in intensive care in an Iowa hospital after a motorcycle accident cost him one of his legs, fire officials said Thursday.”

Jason Matile, 26, went on a family motorcycle ride June 26th with his girlfriend, Amber Pyle, brother, and parents. According to The Sun, “A car crossed the center lane… striking Matile and Pyle, and severely injuring both.”

Both Matile and Pyle were taken to the University of Iowa Hospital by helicopter. There, doctors said Matile’s right leg injuries were so severe that they needed to amputate his leg below the knee. Matile is expected to be in the hospital for a while longer.

Amber Pyle has a fractured pelvis and was allowed to leave the hospital Tuesday.

Matile has served as a firefighter in the Aurora Fire Department for two years.



Police Chaplain Dies After Motorcycle Crash

KCCI reports that  61-year-old Reverend Irvin Lewis, Sr., “was injured on June 28 when his motorcycle hit a road closed sign on Army Post Road at Southeast 4th Street.” His injuries included a “fractured collar bone and broken ribs,” according to KCCI.

According to police, Rev. Lewis suffered from a collapsed lung and unmanageable pain, which impeded his recovery. On July 5, the Reverend died.

Army Post Road was closed yesterday evening for investigation. KCCI reports that, “A police report on the accident indicated the road closed sign had blown into the west bound lanes of Army Post because it had not been properly secured with sand bags.” Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the motorcycle accident victim.



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