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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.

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.