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Large snowstorm causes several serious collisions

Residents in Iowa understand that drivers need to be extra cautious during the winter months. Even a small snowfall can create dangers on the roadways. This often means that drivers will have to reduce their speeds and maneuver their vehicle with caution. When a vehicle is traveling too fast for conditions, they could lose control of their vehicle. This could cause a serious multi-vehicle collision resulting in damage, injuries and even fatalities.

The recent snowstorm that passed through Iowa caused several accidents and local authorities urged drivers to use much caution while traveling on the snow and ice covered roads. One of the major accidents that occurred during the storm was a four-vehicle accident that involved a police car. According to reports, a police officer was investigating an accident, and while the officer was getting back into the squad car a semi-truck collided with the vehicle.

The semi-truck was traveling on Interstate 80 when the driver lost control of the truck. The truck then struck two trucks and a jeep before they came to rest in a ditch by the interstate. Both the police officer and the driver of the jeep were transported to the hospital for treatment of the injuries they suffered.

The accident remains under investigation. Following investigation, authorities should be able to determine cause and any liabilities. If a driver was traveling too fast for conditions or was negligent, they could be liable for the resulting injuries and damages in the crash. An injured party could file a personal injury suit against the at fault driver. This could result in compensation being awarded and used toward medical bills, lost wages and damages.

Bad weather often brings dangerous and hazardous conditions. This means that drivers need to take extra precaution when traveling on the roadways. When a driver fails to uphold the duty to drive safe, they could cause a collision. Those affected by the crash might have a civil claim against the negligent driver.

Source: Press-Citizen, "Officials kept busy responding to dozens of accidents," Aly Brown, Dec. 8, 2013

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