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Fatal head-on collision in Iowa kills one and injures another

A certain standard of care should always be upheld every time a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle. This means traveling at a safe speed for road conditions, using a turn signal and taking many other safety precautions. If the driver fails to do so, they could risk their life and the lives of others on the roadways. A negligent, distracted or intoxicated driver could cause a serious or fatal car accident.

Authorities in Iowa recently responded to a fatal head-on collision that occurred on the Highway 65 bypass in Pleasant Hill. The accident occurred around 8:45 a.m. located near the Vandalia Road interchange. According to reports, a 20-year-old driver was traveling south in the northbound lanes of the highway. When he realized that he was going in the wrong direction, he attempted to correct this.

During the drivers attempt to get into the correct lane, he was T-boned by a car traveling north in the northbound lanes. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Emergency crews transported the 48-year-old driver of the other vehicle to the hospital for medical treatment of the injuries he suffered. His current conditions were reported as fair.

Investigation is ongoing but construction in the area may have caused the deceased driver's confusion. In that area, the southbound lanes were closed and were actually diverted to the northbound lanes, which were split to allow head-to-head traffic.

Following a fatal accident, it is important that proper investigation is conducted. This can establish whether a driver or multiple drivers are at fault. Even if a driver contributed to the accident, they still might be able to recover from a civil claim. The loved ones of the deceased could file a wrongful death suit or the injured party could file a personal injury claim. This could provide compensation for expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs and other damages.

Following a serious or fatal accident, it can be challenging to determine the best course of action. Seeking guidance will not only help victims and their families understand their situation but could also establish whether they have legal options.

Source: NBC News, "Fatal Accident: One Dead in Wrong-Way Crash," Kelly Maricle, April 24, 2014

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