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Car collides with semi-truck killing 1 and injuring another

Distracted driving is a growing concern for drivers. Iowa residents understand that the simple task of texting or even talking on the phone while driving could be very dangerous. When drivers are not properly paying attention the road, they might move into another lane or travel too close to the vehicle ahead of them. Either of these could lead to a serious accident that could result in serious injuries or even death.

A semi-truck crash recently occurred in Radcliffe. Iowa authorities were called to the scene of the crash that occurred around 6:45 a.m. The accident involved a semi-truck and a car. According to preliminary reports, the crash happened with the 17-year-old driver of the automobile crossed the centerline. This caused his vehicle to collide with the semi-truck.

When the Iowa State Patrol arrived at the scene, emergency crewmembers pronounced the teen driver dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the semi-truck suffered injuries that were reported as non-life threatening.

The fatal truck accident is still under investigation and it is not clear at this time why or what caused the young driver to cross the centerline. Following investigation, authorities should be able to determine cause and fault.

A negligent or distracted driver could cause a serious accident. Even if the driver at fault did not survive the crash, those injured by the driver could still file a claim against their estate. An injured driver could file a personal injury claim. This could result in compensation to cover the medical bills and damages associated with the crash.

Distracted drivers are very risky and potentially life threatening. It is important that drivers traveling safely on the roadways in order to reduce risks, injuries and death. Those affected by a negligent driver should know their rights and options.

Source: The Republic, "Iowa authorities investigate crash that killed 17-year-old after his car collided with semi," Nov. 17, 2013

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