Des Moines Motorcycle Accident Lawyer


Real World Motorcycle Experience

The injuries from a motorcycle accident can often be severe and catastrophic, if not deadly.  Our Des Moines law firm's founder, Harley Erbe, is an avid motorcyclist and puts thousands of miles on his bike a year.  He thus has a special connection to motorcycle crash victims because he's able to see things through their eyes in ways that non-riders have difficulty understanding.  He's also familiar with the biases that motorcycle crash victims face when trying to enforce their legal rights.  Harley is prepared to try to overcome those biases by explaining things from the injured rider's standpoint in a manner that's only possible if one is an experienced motorcyclist.

How Do Motorcycle Injuries Happen?

Motorcyclists are almost completely unprotected on their bikes.  Most importantly, there's no protective "cage" around a biker like you'd find in most other motor vehicles.  So when a car or truck hits a motorcycle or causes the motorcycle to crash, the rider and any passenger are frequently catapulted off the motorcycle and into the ground, a pole, a tree, a building, a motor vehicle, or innumerable other hard objects that cause devastating and often deadly injuries when the rider or a passenger slams into them.  

Frequent causes of accidents while operating a motorcycle include:

  • Failing to check for motorcycles while entering traffic
  • Failing to check for motorcycles while merging or making a lane change
  • Reckless driving or excessive speed around motorcycles
  • Following a motorcycle too closely
  • Misjudging a motorcycle's speed or distance because of its small size
  • Turning in front of a motorcycle

Fighting For Motorcyclists' Rights

Our Des Moines law firm adamantly opposes and is willing to fight the "blame the biker" mentality that seems so prevalent among people who don't ride motorcycles.  To them, it doesn't matter that motor vehicle drivers who cause an accident with a motorcycle often protest that "I just didn't see the motorcycle," that motorcyclists are often at no fault in their crashes, and that motorcycle riders are at the mercy of larger vehicles who simply don't see them and pull out or turn right in front of the bike.  We firmly believe that motorcycle riders are entitled to the same protections that are provided to car and truck drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians and that motorcyclists should not be penalized and enjoy less legal protection simply because of their choice of transportation.

Would You Like To Learn More?

We've posted some additional helpful information about motorcycle injuries on our blog:

Motorcycle Crashes And Accidents

Please Don’t Kill Us — Tips To Help Car And Truck Drivers Avoid Destroying Motorcycles And Their Riders

The Iowa Court Of Appeals Rules That Motorcyclists Have No Right To Expect Cars To See Them

Potholes And Motorcycles -- A Match Made In Hell

Iowa Supreme Court Limits Access To Mental Health Records In Civil Lawsuits

The Iowa Supreme Court Knows The Value Of A Dollar, And It's Not Fair Compensation For Pain And Suffering

Important Lessons In New Iowa Court Of Appeals Decision In Car Accident Case

Please also visit our Motor Vehicle Accident and Personal Injury And Wrongful Death pages for additional information that you may find important to your case.

Ready To Fight For Our Fellow Bikers

Our firm has tried numerous car accident and personal injury claims from our Des Moines offices.  If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, please take a moment to learn about your rights by reviewing the information provided on this site.  We also offer additional, more specific information about various topics at our on-site and off-site blogs that we hope you'll find helpful. If, after reviewing this information, you'd like to speak with us about your case, please reach out to us through the Web Contact Form by using the "Contact Us" button or by calling (515) 281-1460.  We make every effort to provide a same-day response to all communications received during weekday business hours.  It'll be our pleasure to meet with you, learn more about your situation, and lend you a helping hand in your time of need.

By Harley Erbe

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Erbe Law Firm

2501 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50312

(515) 281-1460

Erbe Law Firm has proudly served clients throughout Iowa since 2005 from our Des Moines offices.  We look forward to hearing from you to see whether we can do the same for you.

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Harley C. Erbe

Founder