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Is the fatality rate for car accidents in Iowa going down?

Drivers in Iowa do it on a daily basis; they travel on roads with other drivers in order to get from point A to point B. Despite this being a normal daily activity for most residents, for some, this could result in a tragic event. While it could be generally safe to drive on major highways, city streets and rural roads, serious and fatal car accidents to occur throughout the state of Iowa. This leads some to question the dangers present on the roads and whether traffic safety is improving in the state.

Is the fatality rate for car accidents in Iowa going down? According to report by the Iowa Department of Transportation, 77 fatalities have occurred due to car accidents this year. When compared to this date and time with previous years, this is an increase from the 76 fatalities reported last year at this time. However, this is a major drop from the number of fatalities reported in 2012, which were 104.

Iowa car accident victims taking action after a crash

A motor vehicle accident can be a very scary situation for Iowa drivers. They can suddenly occur, leaving an unsuspecting driver questioning how it happened. The causes of accident are not always obvious, and our law firm understands how this could present frustrations for accident victims. Following a car accident, it is important to conduct a thorough investigation. This could help establish the cause of the collision and assign liability to the party at fault.

A car accident can take many forms and could involve multiple vehicles. It is important to be knowledgeable about Iowa state laws, and to collect the evidence needed to hold a negligent party liable for injuries, damages and deaths resulting from the accident they caused.

Universal helmet laws reduce brain injuries in motorcycle crashes

It is a known fact that wearing a helmet helps protect motorcyclists from suffering serious injuries if an accident were to occur. Despite this knowledge, some riders in Iowa do not wear a helmet. And when a motorcycle accident occurs, a rider or a passenger could suffer a brain injury.

A recent study researched the affects of universal motorcycle helmet laws and how they interact with traumatic brain injuries. Specifically, whether the rate of these brain injuries are lower in states that have legislation that requires that all motorcycle riders wear a helmet versus those that only require helmets for younger riders.

How can drivers and motorcyclists increase motorcycle safety?

Now that the weather is warming up and it is starting to feel like spring in Iowa, residents will see more and more motorcycles traveling on the roadways. While it is always important to keep an eye out for smaller motor vehicles traveling on the roadways, it is a time of year when additional precaution is necessary to avoid motorcycle accidents.

How can drivers and motorcyclists increase motorcycle safety? There are various ways both can contribute to the safety of motorcyclists, but the most important way is to follow the rules of the road. This means traveling safe speeds, using signals and checking mirrors and blind spots, which should be done every time a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle.

One killed and two injured in Iowa truck crash on Interstate 35

Iowa residents are aware that various types of vehicles fill the major and minor roadways of the state. Some major roads, such as Interstate 35, experience high levels of traffic at certain hours of the day, making them more prone to accidents. Moreover, this interstate is frequently used by large vehicles such as semi-trucks. While these massive trucks could travel safely on these roads, unfortunately a truck crash could ensue due to driver negligence or dangerous conditions on the roadway.

A fatal crash recently occurred in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, involving a pickup truck and a semi-truck. According to preliminary reports, the incident occurred on Interstate 35 near the Clear Lake exit when a semi-truck rear-ended the pickup truck. Officer indicated that the 67-year-old woman driving the pickup truck was stalled in a lane of the interstate. Shortly after, the stalled vehicle was struck from behind by the semi-truck.

Drivers must comply with federal trucking regulations

It occurs everyday. Residents in Iowa encounter large trucks on the roadway. Semi-trucks are considered very beneficial to society and commerce in the nation. They help transport goods across a state, several states and even across the entire nation. Despite the many benefits these large motor vehicles provide, there are several risks and dangers. In some cases, truck drivers are pressured to make timely deliveries to a long-distance destination, leading to long hours behind the wheel of a truck.

In order to address the concern that truck drivers are behind the wheel for too long and do not take enough breaks, federal trucking regulations have been implemented to address the numerous concerns related to this issue. Many are fearful that long hours lead to driver fatigue, which could result in the driver falling asleep, being distracted or inattentive. Such a situation could result in a serious and even fatal truck accident.

How could financial responsibility be applied in an accident?

There are numerous concerns following a car crash. Not only are accident victims shocked by the events leading up to and following an accident, but the aftermath of the crash could also significantly impact their life. They could suffer physical, emotional and financial hardships, and if another driver was at fault, the accident victim may be able to take certain steps to ensure financial responsibility is placed on the negligent driver.

How is financial responsibility applied to a driver at fault in an accident? Because Iowa does not have compulsory insurance law, financial responsibility must be shown by either the driver or owner of a motor vehicle in the event of a car accident. According to the Financial and Safety Responsibility Act, this helps protect accident victims from a financially unsound and reckless driver.

Rights and options for accident victims of a DUI crash

Despite the efforts to keep negligent and unsafe drivers off of the roads in Iowa, these drivers do get behind the wheel of a vehicle and put numerous lives at risk. Drunk drivers are a major threat on the roadways and could be the cause of a serious or even fatal car accident. Our law firm understands that Iowa residents neither expect to be involved in an automobile collision nor are they prepared to deal with the aftermath of the accident. Furthermore, accident victims of a DUI crash may have the right to pursue a cause of action, and the alleged drunk driver could face both criminal and civil charges following the incident.

Our attorneys realize that a drunk driving accident could be particularly difficult for accident victims and their loved ones. When the reckless behavior of a driver causes serious injuries or fatalities, accident victims or the loved ones of the deceased are left seeking answers.

How do you prove negligence in a car accident?

It is a known fact that whenever a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle they are at the risk of being involved in a car accident. In order to reduce these chances, most drivers in Iowa practice safe driving and follow the rules of the road. Despite these efforts to drive safe and avoid a collision, this does not guard the individual from a negligent driver. When an accident occurs and a victim is injured, they often seek to assign fault to another driver due to that driver's negligence or recklessness.

How do you prove negligence in an automobile collision? While the following is for informational purposes only, in order to establish that another driver was careless and caused the accident, one is required to prove four elements to make a negligence claim.

Diagnosing and treating whiplash after a car accident

When individuals in Iowa are involved in a car accident, they have many concerns. While it is obvious that the collision could have resulted in damages to the vehicles, there are more concerning issues such as the health of an accident victim. Whether it was a major collision or a minor collision, a driver or a passenger could suffer injuries. Even in cases when a victim does not immediately note a major medical problem, it is important to rule out a minor or major medical issue that could present itself later on.

While it is considered a minor injury, whiplash is frequently occurring injury in car accidents. While this neck injury is categorized as minor, failing to diagnose it and treat it in a timely manner could lead to prolonged issues. Moreover, it could lead to temporary and even partial disabilities.