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2 killed in accident with truck in Iowa

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, every year there are roughly 50 trucking accidents that result in death or serious injury. Among these accidents there are numerous common causes, including improperly loaded trucks, truck driver error and defective truck parts.

A truck accident on Highway 9 in Iowa recently killed a driver and his passenger.

In looking at what happened, the driver and passenger were riding in a GMC Yukon and heading southbound on Highway 9. A semi tractor-trailer, which was carrying a load of pigs, was heading northbound on the same highway. The tractor-trailer ended up hitting the SUV, which sent the SUV and the truck into a ditch.

Both the driver and passenger of the SUV were pronounced dead on the scene. The truck driver was uninjured.

Looking at this recent fatal truck accident, while many of the details leading up to the crash are yet to be released, one has to wonder why the truck driver was unable to stop in time. Was the driver not paying attention? Had the driver been on the road for hours? Was there something wrong with the truck to stop it from braking?

Depending on the cause of the accident, there is always the possibility the family of those killed in this crash will file a lawsuit in an attempt to hold the truck driver or the trucking company he works for accountable.

Of course though, filing a lawsuit is easier said than done. This is why any time there is an accident that results in injuries or fatalities, an attorney with experience handling truck accidents should be contacted in order to learn more about possible legal options.

Source: Sioux Falls Argus Leader, "Crash kills two near Iowa casino," Michael Klinski and Jon Walker, March 15, 2013

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