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Seeking damages for the wrongful death of a loved one in Iowa

Many thoughts go through the minds of family members when a loved one dies. While death is an inevitable event, it is an emotional time no matter the cause or circumstances. It is especially difficult for friends and family members to process the tragic event when the life of a loved one is suddenly taken away in a fatal accident. This not only creates emotional grief but could also lead to damages and other losses.

When a loved one is killed in an accident caused by another, family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Iowa Code 633.336 outlines the damages for wrongful death. If it is determined that a wrongful act produced the death of a person, damages could be dispersed according to the type of damage or loss it is.

Taking action after the death of a loved one in a fatal accident

Death is often noted as a difficult life event that is hard to cope with. Whether it is a friend or a family member, a person's sudden and tragic death can be difficult to move on from. This is especially true if a loved one was killed in a fatal accident.

Our law firm understands that the loss of a loved one in an accident is an emotional and life-altering event that makes it challenging for Iowa residents to navigate the legal remedies available to them. Our attorneys are dedicated to working with loved ones of the deceased to better understand their rights and help through the process of a civil action.

Des Moines woman injured in hit-and-run crash

When an accident occurs, those involved are often greatly impacted. Dealing with the event and the injuries and damages it caused could create a complex situation for everyone involved. In some cases, an automobile collision could cause panic and stress, leading to some drivers fleeing the scene. When a hit-and-run crash occurs, those injured by a fleeing driver should understand their rights and options.

Iowa authorities were recently dispatched to a hit-and-run accident in Des Moines. According to preliminary reports, a 49-year-old was injured in an intersection accident. Immediately following the collision, the driver fled the scene.

Iowa motorcycle statistics in the winter months

Motorcycles aren't often seen on Iowa roads during the winter months. The cold and inclement weather make riding a motorcycle unpleasant and often dangerous. However, people who love to ride motorcycles probably can't wait for the springtime. Until that comes, it may be a good time to discuss motorcycle safety and the related legal issues.

According to statistics from the Iowa Department of Transportation, there were no reported motorcycle crashes or fatalities in January or February in 2014 and 2013. The numbers started to pick up as temperatures rose and reached peaks in August during both those years. The tally at the end of 2013 was 41 fatalities in 38 motorcycle crashes. The tally for 2014 was 42 fatalities in 42 crashes.

Calculating pain and suffering in a personal injury claim

When drivers and passengers in Iowa are injured in a car accident, they often consider filing a civil action against the liable party. When filing a personal injury claim, it is required that the victim is in fact injured. When determining the damages the injured party should recover, the cost of medical treatment and future medical costs are often considered; however, victims should note that they might be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering.

Pain and suffering is considered the stress a victim experiences from the injuries they suffered in the accident. This often includes physical pain as well as emotional and psychological trauma such as insomnia, fear, depression and anxiety.

Des Moines man dies in rear-end crash

When an accident claims the life of a loved one, the event is both shocking and life-changing. The loss of a loved one suddenly due to a tragic car accident can leave a family asking numerous questions. Why did this happen? How did this happen? Could it have been prevented? Those are similar questions that investigators ask while sifting through the evidence to determine the cause. Following a fatal accident, it often takes time to determine cause, which can make an already difficult situation even more so for family members.

A Des Moines family recently lost a family member in a two-vehicle crash that occurred in Indianola. According to initial reports, police stated that a Jeep rear-ended a Chevy Cavalier around 6:40 p.m. at the intersection of Willowcrest Avenue and North Jefferson Way.

Preserving the evidence after a car accident

It is an unfortunate fact, but the fact is that accidents do happen. Moreover, those involved in a car accident are certainly not expecting to be involved in a crash, so they are often unsure of the steps they need to take following the accident. One major step that should be carried out is evidence preservation because it will assist in any claims resulting from the crash, helping to assign liability.

While drivers in Iowa do everything in their power to avoid a car crash, when one occurs, they should be prepared to collect evidence at the scene of the accident (if they are not seriously injured and are able to assess the scene right after the incident).

Using special crash investigation data after a car accident

It's an unfortunate fact that motor vehicle accidents do happen. And when they do occur, they are very unexpected and could have serious results. When residents in Iowa are involved in a car accident, there are several steps that they should take to ensure their health and safety after the crash. In addition, it is also important to carry out certain steps to help protect their legal rights.

Whether it is a slow-moving collision, rear-end crash or a serious accident involving injuries and even death, drivers and passengers should do their best to collect as much information and details of the incident site. Crash investigation is a very important component for both the criminal and civil actions that could result from a car accident.

Reducing the DUI accident rate

While it is clear that there are some obvious dangers and risks on the roadways, drivers in Iowa should understand the types of accidents they could help to avoid. Alcohol-related collisions are a type of accident that could result in serious injuries, severe damages and even death. These accidents could be prevented through different measures employed through the state, law enforcement and education.

Drunk driving accidents are often described as tragic, because they are due to the negligence of another driver. However, some suggest that by implementing stricter regulations and education about the dangers of drunk driving, it may be possible to reduce the occurrence of drunk driving accidents

One injured in Iowa City crash due to icy roads

Drivers in Iowa often encounter various weather conditions while traveling on the roadways across the state. During the winter months, this often means the dreaded snow and ice on the roadways. Inclement weather such as a snowstorm, sleet and freezing rain could cause dangerous road conditions. While in some cases residents should avoid driving at all during hazardous weather, those who must travel on the roadways should take extreme caution in order to avoid car accidents.

Authorities in Iowa City were recently dispatched to an accident site on Interstate 80 in the westbound lanes. According to preliminary reports, the accident involved a van and a semi-truck. The two vehicles collided around 11:30 a.m. and caused traffic to be delayed and backed up due to only one lane being open.