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Iowa Motorcycle Laws

Posted By on Aug 11, 2014

Iowa motorcycle laws, just as with all laws in the US, are aimed to protect the motorcycle riders, other motorist, and pedestrians. For residents of Iowa, getting a motorcycle license (also called a Class M license) would require them to pass the motorcycle knowledge test, along with the on-cycle evaluation. The Class M license can be added to their driver’s license with a charge of $2 every year to their existing Iowa driver’s license. For those who doesn’t have any type of driver’s license and wishes to have a motorcycle license, it is important to complete the written exam needed for the Class C non-commercial driver’s license, aside from the basic tests that would prove your knowledge of the Iowa Driver’s Manual. The cost for a motorcycle-only driver’s license is $6 per year.

The state of Iowa is among the three states in America (with Illinois and New Hampshire) that doesn’t have any motorcycle helmet laws. This means that Iowa has very lax motorcycle safety regulations – no helmets and even eye protection requirements necessary. This can lead to serious injuries when a motorcycle accident occurs. Because of this lack of safety laws, it can be difficult to win a personal injury claim when a motorcycle accident occurs. According to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, the main problem in winning an injury or insurance claim is the establishing of fault of the other party. There can be some level of fault in the motorcycle driver than can affect the case, and Iowa being under the “comparative negligence” rule, having some fault in the accident can significantly reduce the amount of compensation that will be granted after a motorcycle accident.

Because personal injury claims and compensation can depend on the laws that the state has, pursuing a claim in Iowa can be difficult. It is essential that a victim should have an Iowa motorcycle accident lawyer because there are various factors to consider in order to have a successful personal injury claim, and because laws can change and certain exceptions and definitions can influence the case. Having someone who knows the laws and understands how to represent the case in court can make or break a personal injury claim.

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