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Did driver negligence or a mechanical issue cause Ames accident?

While some accidents are clearly caused by a negligent driver, there are other accidents where the real issue was defective car design or dangerous auto parts. When it comes to these defective parts or car designs, this is often not figured out until the investigation after the crash. In other cases, an accident can be caused by a combination of negligence and auto defects.

Right now it still appears to be up in the air whether it was negligence or a mechanical issue that caused an accident earlier this month in Ames, Illinois. Four vehicles were involved and the driver who was cited after the crash for failure to stop at a safe and sure distance injured her leg.

At the time of the accident, a prospective college student was on Lincoln Way near Iowa State's Memorial Union when another car slammed into the back of the vehicle he was driving. Unsure with exactly what was happening, the prospective student moved over to the left lane. The car that originally slammed into his vehicle continued forward, hitting two other vehicles.

The prospective student said it looked like the car was accelerating.

After hitting a total of three vehicles, the car jumped a curb and crashed into a light-post.

The driver being held responsible for the crash said that there was some kind of a mechanical issue. Going by the account of the first driver to be hit, there could have been something going on that made the pedal get stuck and accelerate.

At this point though there is just speculation when it comes to what happened. However, the fact that it may have been a mechanical issue brings up the role that auto defects can play when it comes to accidents.

Source: Iowa State Daily, "Four-vehicle accident occurs on Lincoln Way," Lissandra Villa, April 7, 2013

  • Our firm handles cases where it is believed an auto defect led to an injury-causing accident. To learn more, visit our Iowa auto defect page.

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