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Iowa trooper injured in truck accidents

Drivers in Iowa will often encounter large trucks traveling on the various roadways across the state. Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are frequently used to transport large shipments. Whether they are traveling a short or long distance, these massive vehicles could pose dangers and risks on the roadway. If a driver is not fully attentive or fails to utilize their mirrors and signals, they could collide with an unsuspecting driver, cyclist or pedestrian.

Following a recent truck crash, it was reported that the Iowa State Trooper involved is expected to recover from the injuries they suffered in the incident. According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred on Interstate 80 just before 11 a.m. The semi-truck rear-ended the trooper's patrol car and then struck the cable barrier in the median of the interstate.

During the time of the crash, the trooper was outside of their vehicle directing traffic around an accident that occurred earlier. The collision with the truck and the cruiser caused the trooper to suffer injuries, and he was transported to the hospital for treatment

Investigation is still ongoing, and it is still unclear what caused the driver to collide with the patrol car. Whether it was due to negligence or a distraction, the driver could be liable for the injuries and damages they caused. The injured party could file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for the expenses and damages they incurred. This often amounts to medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Following an accident, it is important that drivers remain attentive and drive with caution around the accident site. Failure to do so could lead to a collision with nearby vehicles or bystanders. A negligent driver could be the cause of a serious crash, and those affected by the accident should understand what legal remedies are available to them.

Source: KCCI, "Semi crashes into back of trooper's car," July 7, 2014

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