Des Moines Motorcycle accident Lawyer

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.

interested in learning 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

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.

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We make every effort to provide a same-day response to all communications received during weekday business hours. Initial telephone calls are always free. If it looks like we can help, it'll be our pleasure to meet with you, learn more about your situation, and lend you a hand. We handle as many of our cases as possible on a contingent fee basis, meaning that there's no fee unless we make a monetary recovery for you.


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 law firm. We look forward to hearing from you to see whether we can do the same for you.

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