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Iowa authorities investigate fatal two-car crash

For Iowa drivers, early morning commutes often means traffic. Many of the drivers are in a rush to get to work or school and heavy traffic causes frustration. In addition to getting aggravated during stop and go traffic, drivers are prone to distractions during this type of traffic. Drivers will often pull out their phone and use it to text, email or search on the Internet. This can be very risky because when a driver takes their eyes off the road even for a short time, they could cause a collision.

Take, for instance, a fatal crash that recently took place in Pottawattamie County just north of Council Bluffs. Authorities responded to the incident that took place on Interstate 680 and included two vehicles. According to preliminary reports, the crash happened around 7:30 a.m. when the two vehicles traveling westbound on the interstate collided when one vehicle rear-ended the other.

Emergency crews responded to the incident and one man was pronounced dead at the scene. At this time, it is not clear what caused the accident, but it remains under investigation by local authorities. Currently, investigators have ruled out alcohol and drugs being factors.

When a driver is negligent and collides with another vehicle, they are liable for any resulting damages, injuries and fatalities. In this case, the loved one of the killed driver could file a wrongful death suit. This claim could result in the recovery of expenses associated with the accident such as funeral costs, damages, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Following a fatal crash, everyone involved and his or her loved ones are often impacted. In addition to the emotional upset from losing a loved one, loved ones are often stuck with numerous bills from the accident. Filing for compensation could assist them with the resulting financial burdens as well as helping them cope with the loss.

Source: kcrg.com, "1 Dead in Western Iowa Crash," Oct. 26, 2013

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