GR | Galligan & Reid, P.C. Trial Attorneys | Personal Injury | Des Moines, Iowa
Email the Firm email
Free Consultations 888-365-5206
Menu

Des Moines Personal Injury Law Blog

Recovering damages after an alcohol-related accident

There are many potential dangers on the roadways that could put Iowa drivers at risk. When an intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel of the car, other drivers and passengers are put in danger. A drunk driving accident could result in serious injuries and even death, and victims and their loved ones could suffer greatly due to their injuries, losses and damages.

A recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that roughly 30 people are killed in a drunk driving accident in the United States every day. This does not only mean that a person dies at the hand of an impaired driver every 48 minutes but also racks up an annual cost of more than $51 billion dollars. Furthermore, the report found that in 2010 nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths were caused by drunk drivers.

What is comparative negligence in a car accident?

When an accident occurs, the details leading up to the crash could be very complex. Multiple vehicles and victims could be involved in the collision. Furthermore, there could be several factors that caused the accident. Because there are multiple factors in the crash, this could mean that more than one party is at fault. Accident victims in Iowa should understand that negligence could be placed on several parties, even if they are injured and suffered losses in the accident.

In comparative negligence, the blame could be split among several parties involved in a crash. Whether it is a multi-vehicle collision or a two-car accident, blame could be placed on someone or everyone involved in the crash. This is also referred to as "apportionment of fault" or "allocation of fault." This theory suggests that any damages sought in a claim following a car accident will be reduced by the amount the plaintiff is responsible for the crash.

How to deal with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident

Residents in Iowa might either ride on a motorcycle or witness other traveling on a motorized bike during the warmer months of the year. Whether it is for pure enjoyment or their means of transportation to their destination, our firm understands that motorcyclists encounter dangers on the roadway. This could come in the form of a negligent driver and result in a serious or fatal accident.

A motorcycle accident could lead to a serious head trauma, broken bones, internal injuries, permanent disabilities and even death. In order to take action for the injuries and damages of a motorcycle collision, a thorough investigation should take place. Authorities should be able to establish the cause and liability in the incident. This could help the victim and their loved ones file a civil action against the liable party or parties.

Iowa driver fails to yield, causing car to roll and injure 1

Whether it is night or day, drivers in Iowa could encounter risks or dangers on the roadways. In some situations, these dangers are caused by the negligence of another driver. If a driver fails to uphold the standard duty of care, a driver or passenger could suffer greatly. This often amounts to injuries and damages related to the crash, and the injured victim could seek relief through their available legal remedies.

An investigation is still ongoing after a two-car collision in Cedar Falls hospitalized one. According to reports, authorities in Iowa were dispatched to the scene of the accident at the intersection of 20th Street and Olivia Street. The crash occurred around 6:00 p.m. when a driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic. This resulted in the driver T-boning the oncoming car, causing it to roll and landing on its side.

Head traumas could go undetected following a car crash

When residents in Iowa are involved in the accident, they often worry about their health and safety. Whether they are a passenger or a driver, a car accident could lead to serious or even fatal injuries. In some cases, a victim may not realize they were in fact injured in the crash. When a head trauma occurs in an accident, some victims disregard this injury or it could go undetected.

A brain injury is a common injury in a car accident and it is frequently unnoticed because some head traumas do not have visual indications of a serious injury. In some cases, symptoms do not occur right away and could take hours, days and even weeks to show. In order to better detect a serious brain injury following a car crash, victims and their loved ones should be aware or the types of brain injuries as well as their signs.

Understanding the increase in motorcycle accidents

There are many concerns for safety on the roadways, and when drivers in Iowa travel, they should consider ways to keep themselves and others safe. Despite these efforts, some drivers are not able to avoid dangers on the road. For example, motorcyclists have limited available safety features. Even when they wear a helmet, serious and fatal injuries could occur in a motorcycle crash. Regardless of how careful the rider is, a negligent driver is often to blame for a fatal motorcycle crash.

While actions taken to increase the safety for drivers on the roadways caused fatal accidents involving cars and light trucks to decrease, these measures did not reduce the amount of motorcycle related deaths. A report conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that in 2008, motorcyclist deaths reached an all-time high. The recorded rate was double the rate reported between 1999 and 2008.

Iowa man arrested following fatal motorcycle hit-and-run

An unsafe driver is a very dangerous factor to have on the roadways. Although authorities seek to suspend or revoke the licenses of negligent drivers in order to keep them off the roads, these drivers still travel on the roadway either without a license or when it is reinstated. A driver with a serious driving record could easily be at fault in a collision resulting in injuries and even death.

Following a fatal hit-and-run in Knoxville, authorities in Iowa arrested a Monroe man for vehicular homicide. According to reports, the accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 14 and G44. Officers believe that a 20-year-old motorcyclist was traveling north on Highway 14 when they slowed down to make a turn. The pickup truck traveling behind the motorcyclist failed to slow down and collided with the rear of the bike.

Two-car crash kills one and injures seven in Iowa accident

An automobile collision can vary in degrees of seriousness, ranging from minor damage to fatal injuries. Even a simple error or negligent act could result in serious injuries, or even death. This is why it is crucial that drivers follow the rules of the road. Failure to uphold this duty of care could result in severe and even deadly results.

Authorities in Iowa recently responded to a two-vehicle crash that occurred in Washington on County Road G38 around 4:40 p.m. According to reports, the automobile collision involved a pickup truck and a car. Police believe the crash occurred when the 21-year-old driver of the pickup truck attempted to turn the vehicle around in the roadway. During that maneuver, the pickup truck collided with a car.

Motorcyclist suffers head injury in Iowa crash with SUV

To some bikers, owning and riding a motorcycle is a serious hobby, which often includes long motorcycle rides with fellow bikers and motorcycle rallies. Whether it is a single rider or a group of bikers, drivers in Iowa will often encounter motorcycles on the roadways. This is especially true during the summer months. Although it is not a rare event that motorists will need to share the road with motorcyclists, drivers may fail to notice them. This could lead to a motorcycle crash seriously affecting those on the bike.

Following a motorcycle accident in Cedar Rapids, authorities were dispatched to the scene of the accident. It was reported that the incident took place around 6:30 p.m. near the interchange of Edgewood and Highway 30. Authorities indicated that the crash involved a motorcycle and an SUV.

Head-on crash in rural Iowa sends four to hospital

It is clear that roadways can be a dangerous place if certain precautions are not taken. In most cases, this does not only mean driving safely and following the rules of the road, but it also means ensuring the safety and quality of the vehicle being travelled in. Failing to do any of these steps could mean a disastrous crash. This not only endangers the driver but also other drivers and passengers on the roadway.

In the rural area of Pottawattamie County, Iowa authorities were recently dispatched to a head-on collision. Both vehicles were traveling south on 530th Street at the time of the collision. The car accident occurred in the late afternoon hours. After the impact of the crash, both vehicles were sent into a ditch. When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they noted four victims were involved in the crash. Two had to be extricated from a vehicle.