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Two pickup trucks collide in southeast Iowa, killing one

In most cases, an accident happens very unexpectedly. In some situations, an accident might be very minimal and not affect those involved. Following a serious accident, however, the victims involved could be gravely injured or even killed. A fatal crash could occur for various reasons, but often times it is due to dangerous conditions on the roads or a negligent driver failing to uphold their duty to drive safely on the road.

For example, authorities in Pottawattamie County recently responded to a fatal two-vehicle crash. The accident involved two pickup trucks and occurred shortly before 1 p.m. on 306th Street near Highway 92. According to preliminary reports, one truck was traveling northbound with a 31-year-old driver and his 4-year-old as a passenger. At the same time, a truck was traveling southbound on 360th Street. The 19-year-old driver of that vehicle was traveling with a 22-year-old passenger. The two trucks collided at the crest of the hill.

Officers that responded to the crash indicated that the road was snow and ice-covered, which likely contributed to the crash. Emergency crews assessed those involved and rescue members had to cut the 4-year-old boy from the vehicle. Sadly, his father did not survive the injuries that he suffered from the collision.

The serious accident is still under investigation. It is not clear if a driver was speeding or driving unsafe for conditions. After the investigation is completed, cause and fault could be established. If it is determined that a driver was negligent and caused the crash or contributed to it, that driver could face civil liabilities.

In situations like this accident where a victim unfortunately dies, the loved ones of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death suit. This could help them recover compensation that could be used towards funeral bills, medical expenses, lost wages and damages.

Coping with injuries or the loss of a loved one is difficult, and family members are often left will numerous bills associated with the accident. Those affected should understand their situation and whether they have a cause of action to obtain compensation.

Source: Omaha.com, "Authorities release names in fatal SW Iowa crash," Feb. 3, 2014

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