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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.

Legal remedies may be available to car accident victims

Numerous residents in the state of Iowa rely on a vehicle to get around. While these are often considered safe and efficient forms of transportation, drivers can encounter various dangers on the roadway. Our law firm understands that even the safest drivers could get into a serious accident due to negligent drivers and dangerous intersections. In these matters, it is important to understand the cause of the accident in order to properly evaluate the incident and establish whether a civil action is in the best interest of the injured victim.

Suffering a serious injury in a car accident could mean temporary or permanent disabilities suffered by the victim involved in the crash. A car accident victim could suffer a head trauma, spinal cord injury, broken bones and other injuries. Such injuries could require a significant amount of medical treatment, and cause a whole host of other financial damages.

Understanding who has the right of way

It happens all the time. Drivers in Iowa encounter a vehicle at an intersection, and whether it is at a stop sign, yield sign, in a parking lot or in a residential area, drivers question who has the right of way. This is an important question to ask because if a driver failed to yield to the driver who had the right of way and caused a car accident, this could considered negligence exposing the driver to liability.

The failure to yield to the person or vehicle that has the right of way could easily lead to a serious car accident. In order to avoid or reduce these incidents, it is crucial to understand who has the right of way in specific instances.

What parties may be liable after a truck accident?

Being involved in any type of traffic accident could affect victim's lives for many years to come. Because of the size and weight of big commercial vehicles, truck accidents are particularly prone to causing catastrophic, permanent injuries. Following a truck crash, it is important that Iowa victims understand how to address the situation and hold the party at fault liable for the damages and losses they caused in the crash.

It is important to address truck accident liability. In some cases, a trucking company may be held liable in addition to the truck driver because employers often may be held liable for actions performed by their employees. If the accident occurred in the course of employment, this legal theory could be used to hold both the truck driver and the truck company liable for the crash.

4-year-old girl injured after semitrailer strikes Jeep in Iowa

Tragedy could happen at anytime on any roadway. A car accident is a sudden event that could significantly alter the lives of those involved as well as their loved ones. When a driver fails to uphold the standard duty of care, they could cause a collision that could leave the victims seriously injured or even dead. This makes it especially important to understand the cause of the crash so the party at fault could be held liable for their negligence.

A young girl was recently hurt in eastern Iowa in a two-vehicle collision. According to authorities, the four-year-old girl suffered serious injuries when a semitrailer collided with the Jeep she was traveling in. Preliminary reports indicate that the Jeep was attempting to turn right on Highway 61 near Davenport when the semitrailer struck the rear of the Jeep.

Possible steps to take after a truck accident

Getting in any type of automobile accident could impact the lives of those involved, no matter the severity of the crash. With regards to truck accidents, even a slow speed collision could severely damage a car and seriously injure a driver or passenger. Our firm understands that these large vehicles, such as a tractor-trailer or semi-truck frequent the roadways across the state of Iowa, and if a truck driver fails to drive uphold the standard duty of care while driving, they could cause a truck accident. This often leaves victims injured and incurring significant financial hardships while they recover and address the losses and damages caused by the truck crash.

When a truck accident occurs, the truck driver might not be the only accountable or liable actor in the accident. In some cases, the trucking company and even the truck owner could also face liability in the event of a truck accident.

What are the off-duty requirements for truck drivers in Iowa?

Drivers in Iowa often encounter large trucks on the roadways. These are also vehicles that are often spotted traveling on the road at all hours of the day and night. Semi-trucks are frequently used to transport large shipments or deliveries long distances, causing them to travel at various times throughout the day and night. With the growing concern for truck driver fatigue, many question the requirements regarding their hours of service and off duty time.

According to federal trucking regulations, truck drivers are required to be off duty for a certain amount of time before they can get behind the wheel to begin their next shift. Federal regulations indicate that a driver is required to be out of service after driving the maximum hours allowed by this regulation. Furthermore, they are required to record this out of service status to ensure they have complied with all sections of this regulation.

Seeking compensation for damages in a motorcycle accident

As the summer comes to a close, fewer motorcyclists take to the road in Iowa. While the cooler weather causes fewer residents to ride on their bikes in the state, drivers should always be aware of their possible presence on the roadways. Our firm understands that when a motorcyclist is struck by a vehicle, they could suffer greatly. Because bikers do not have the same type of protective shell most vehicles offer, they often suffer serious injuries or are killed as a result of the crash.

When a motorist fails to check their blind spots, use their mirrors or yield to oncoming traffic, they could collide with a motorcycle. The motorcyclist could cause serious if not life-threatening injuries. While motorists often wear protective gear such as a helmet or protective clothing, these often to not prevent injuries in the event of an accident.

Could other parties be liable in an Iowa drunk driving accident?

When an Iowa motorist is intoxicated, this fact is often a major factor if an accident ensues. A victim of the collision could seek to prove negligence to show cause and assign liability to the driver. When a drunk driving accident occurs, a victim could prove the liability of other parties than just the driver. In the state of Iowa, establishments could also be at fault when an intoxicated driver causes a crash after consuming alcohol at their establishment.

Some question how other parties not directly involved in the automobile collision could be liable for a drunk driving accident. According to dram shop laws, both bars and alcohol retailers could be held accountable for the results caused by the intoxicated customer. This means they could be liable for any deaths, injuries or damages caused in the drunk driving crash.

Young boy struck and injured by driver in Des Moines

Drivers in Iowa understand that there are many dangers and risks on the roadway, especially in areas where pedestrians frequent. Now that the school year is well underway, drivers should be well aware of students walking around school zones. Drivers should constantly be over cautious in these areas because young students frequently travel by foot around and in these zones. Failing to reduce speeds and yield in these areas could result in an accident. A car accident could lead to serious or even fatal injuries.

Authorities in Des Moines were recently dispatched to the scene of a pedestrian accident. Preliminary repots indicated that an oncoming vehicle struck a 12-year-old boy from a nearby middle school while he was crossing the road. Officers indicated that the young boy was running across Cambridge Street when a car traveling north on the roadway collided with the boy.