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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.

Iowa trooper injured in truck accidents

Drivers in Iowa will often encounter large trucks traveling on the various roadways across the state. Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are frequently used to transport large shipments. Whether they are traveling a short or long distance, these massive vehicles could pose dangers and risks on the roadway. If a driver is not fully attentive or fails to utilize their mirrors and signals, they could collide with an unsuspecting driver, cyclist or pedestrian.

Following a recent truck crash, it was reported that the Iowa State Trooper involved is expected to recover from the injuries they suffered in the incident. According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred on Interstate 80 just before 11 a.m. The semi-truck rear-ended the trooper's patrol car and then struck the cable barrier in the median of the interstate.

Fatal motorcycle crash in Iowa City

During the summer months, residents in Iowa often see an increase in motorcycles on the roadway. These small vehicles are able to maneuver quickly and could easily go undetected, due to the blind spots of larger vehicles. Whether it is during the daytime or nighttime hours, drivers should always be aware of their surroundings. That also means keeping an eye out for motorcyclists. Double-checking before making a turn or lane change could reduce the chances of a motorcycle accident.

Authorities were recently dispatched to a fatal motorcycle crash in Iowa City. The accident involved a motorcycle driven by a 50-year-old man and an automobile driven by an 18-year-old female. The incident occurred during the night on Highway 1 West, near the 1600 block.

Addressing the high rate of fatal truck crashes in Iowa

The trucking industry is important to residents across the nation. Drivers in Iowa will often cross paths with several large trucks while traveling on various roadways during their daily commutes. These massive vehicles are responsible for making large shipments across the city, state, region or nation. Although very useful and heavily relied upon, trucks could be the source of a serious or even fatal collision on the roadways. Tractor-trailers and semi-trucks are not as easy to maneuver like other vehicles. Furthermore, they have large blind spots. When a driver is negligent or fatigued, this could cause driver error and a truck crash could occur.

Following a recent semi-truck accident at the interchange at Interstate 380 and Interstate 80 in Cedar Rapids, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistic were cited. According to their reports, large trucks account for 13.2 percent of the fatal accidents in the state of Iowa. Moreover, this rate is one of the highest in the country.

Driver fails to stop and hits Iowa man on motorcycle

Traffic signs and signals are posted to help protect drivers and passengers on the roadways. If a driver fails to obey a sign, this could result in a collision. Whether it's a stop sign, stoplight or yielding to oncoming traffic, a driver could be found negligent if they fail to obey traffic laws. This could also lead to criminal penalties and civil liability for the driver at fault.

A driver was recently charged following a motorcycle accident. Authorities in Mason City, which is about 120 miles north of the Des Moines area, were dispatched to the scene of the accident that occurred at an intersection at around 2:15 p.m. According to reports, the 27-year-old motorcyclist was traveling westbound when a vehicle struck him.