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Two-car collision in Iowa kills two and injures two

Although drivers seek to avoid collisions, Iowa drivers are aware that accidents do happen. Whether it is during rush hour, on a major road or in a residential area, a simple distraction could cause a serious car accident to ensue. This could impact other drivers and passengers causing serious injuries and even fatalities.

Recently, the Iowa State Patrol was called to a collision that involved two vehicles and four people. At approximately 5 p.m. the fatal collision occurred at the intersection of Highway 169 and U.S. Highway 34. According to reports, a 19-year-old was driving a Chrysler Sebring on Highway 169, and her mother was riding with her.

The young driver approached the intersection with Highway 34 and it was reported that she stopped at the stop sign. When she continued into the intersection, the driver apparently did not see the Chevrolet Tahoe traveling eastbound on Highway 34. The driver of the Tahoe was the 30-year-old dean of student services at Southwestern Community College located in Creston, and she was traveling with a 2-year-old in the vehicle.

When the Sebring entered the intersection, the driver of the Tahoe was unable to avoid the collision. Following the crash, emergency crews arrived at the scene. Both the driver of the Sebring and her mother did not survive the injuries they suffered in the crash. The driver of the Tahoe and her 2-year-old passenger were injured in the collision and transported to the hospital for treatment.

Investigation is still ongoing and cause is still being determined. When a person is killed in a collision, their loved ones could file a wrongful death claim against the liable driver. Furthermore, when a driver or passengers are injured, they could file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver or their estate if they did not survive the crash. Either claim could result in compensation used to cover the expenses associated with the crash.

A fatal collision can be a difficult time for the loved ones of the deceased and those involved in and affected by the crash. Filing for compensation might benefit those impacted, but it is important that they understand the legal process.

Source: Omaha.com, "Mother, daughter killed in Afton, Iowa, collision," Andrew J. Nelson, Nov. 8, 2013

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