Unknown Future for Bill Requiring Teens to Wear Helmets while Riding Mopeds

A bill mandating the mandatory wearing of helmets by moped operators under age 18 that passed an Iowan Senate subcommittee is facing uncertain passage at the committee level, a state senator said in early February.

Iowa Senate Transportation committee chairman Tod Bowman (Maquoketa) said Senate File 37, which slaps a $100 fine on teenagers that would be found violating the proposed law, could lack the needed number of supporters to get approved by the committee.

The Senate bill seeks to avert underage deaths due to moped accidents and was filed after17-year-old Caroline Found died in August 2011 after  striking a tree on her mo-ped.

Motorcycle riding advocacy group ABATE representative Mark Maxwell of Des Moines expressed the group’s opposition to the proposed legislation, saying that “helmet laws do not stop crashes,” but rather that is is training and education that do.

 


Des Moines man killed in motorcycle accident

The death of a west Des Moines man has been ruled an accident by authorities.  54-year-old Joel Hess was thrown from his motorcycle Sunday and hit by a semi truck trailer at approximately 2 p.m.  Police say that they do not plan to charge anyone with any crime in this tragic  motorcycle accident.  The collision occurred on southbound Interstate Highway 35 and left the busy street closed for three hours.

The accident happened when Hess was riding behind a fellow motorcyclist when his friend’s motorcycle hit a vehicle.  Hess tried to avoid the collision by laying his motorcycle down on its side.  None of the motorcyclists involved in the crash were wearing helmets.

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of all those involved in this tragic accident.


Iowa motorcyclist killed in Carroll motorcycle accident

An Iowa motorcyclist was killed in a motorcycle accident Monday. According to police reports, the accident occurred on Highway 30 in Carroll.

The man was heading east on the highway when a car pulled onto the highway and hit the motorcycle. The driver of the car allegedly did not see the motorcycle when she made the turn. While the driver suffered minor injuries, the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

If you or anyone you know has lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact the Iowa motorcycle accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600.


Iowa teacher killed in motorcycle accident in Union County

An Iowa teacher was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday. According to police reports, the accident occurred on Highway 25 in Union County.

The motorcycle rider was a teacher in the Orient-Macksburg Community School District. The accident was apparently the result of another vehicle failing to yield, causing the two vehicles to collide. When medical officials arrived, the teacher was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died of injuries sustained in the accident.

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact the Iowa motorcycle accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600.


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