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Did improper merging cause Iowa truck accident?

While of course it is possible for a truck driver to change lanes safely, if the driver is careless and just merges into another lane, this can lead to an accident. As of now, this seems to be exactly what happened to cause an accident in Iowa that resulted in injuries to two women. The truck driver was fine.

The accident happened on Interstate 29 in Iowa on Monday around 10:15 p.m. Two women -- a 76-year-old driver and an 18-year-old passenger -- were traveling southbound in a car when a tractor-trailer started to merge into their vehicle.

The force of the tractor-trailer pushing into the passenger vehicle set the car spinning. The car ended up hitting a guardrail before crossing the interstate. The car came to a stop in a ditch.

Both the driver and passenger were transported to the hospital with injuries, while the 32-year-old truck driver reportedly suffered from no injuries.

This recent crash is a perfect example of just how quickly an accident can happen. In this case, all it took was for a truck driver to merge into another lane. However, when a truck driver is speeding, tailgating or driving aggressively, an accident can happen just as quickly.

Of course though, proving an accident was caused by a negligent truck driver can often be difficult. These are drivers who have a commercial driver's license and should have gone through proper training on trucking regulations and safety operations. The idea is that these truck drivers should clearly know what they are doing.

However, the truth is that even the most experienced truck driver can still be careless. This is when an attorney with experience handling truck accident cases can step in to investigate the facts.

Source: Omaha World-Herald, "2 Nebraska women injured in I-29 crash," April 9, 2013

  • Our firm handles cases like the one mentioned above where it is believed truck driver error led to a crash. To learn more, visit our Des Moines truck driver negligence page.

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