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Regardless of weather, Iowa drivers need to always be cautious

With it being wintertime, Iowa drivers need to be mindful of the road conditions while driving. This means following the speed limit, not making any sudden stopping or turning maneuvers and always giving 100 percent of their attention to the task at hand: driving.

Recently, there was an accident between a car and a school bus on U.S. Highway 61 in Louisa County, Iowa. Three people were killed and one was transported to the Trinity Muscatine Hospital with injuries. No students were on the bus at the time of the crash. Rather, the bus was making its morning route to go pick up the students. It was the bus driver who was injured in the wreck.

In looking at what caused the accident, according to the Iowa State Patrol, three people were in a car traveling northbound on the highway when the driver lost control. The road was icy at the time. Losing control, the driver ended up crossing the center line and colliding head-on with a school bus traveling in the opposite direction.

A 78-year-old, 75-year-old and 50-year-old -- who were all in the car -- ended up dying from the injuries sustained in the crash. All three were from Burlington, Iowa.

What this tragic accident highlights is just how important it is for drivers to be exhibiting safe driving behaviors in the winter. For while luckily no students were injured in this crash, the accident itself does show how quickly a driver can lose control of a vehicle and the damage this can cause.

In general, even when the roads are bad, keep in mind that what may seem like a weather-related accident can still be a case of driver negligence. This is why it is important to always talk with an attorney after an accident in order to see if there are any legal options available.

Source: Quad-City Times, "3 dead in car, school bus crash near Louisiana-Muscatine High School," Cynthia Beaudette and Joe Jarosz, March 1, 2013

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