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Snowdrift may have played a role in 2-car Iowa crash

When drivers are traveling on the road, it is expected that they will uphold their duty of care while behind the wheel. That does not only mean traveling at a safe speed and remaining attentive, but it also requires that a driver stops safely, yields to other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, signals turns and looks for oncoming traffic before making a maneuver. Failure to comply with these requirements could result in a serious accident, injuring those involved.

Authorities in Iowa recently responded to two-vehicle car collision that occurred in Sioux Center, Iowa, around 5:30 p.m. According to preliminary reports, a driver of a pickup truck was stopped and supposedly looked both ways before entering the road in order to proceed westbound. When the driver made this maneuver, they did not see an oncoming vehicle.

The oncoming vehicle was not able to stop in time due to the snow and ice on the road. This resulted in a collision between the two vehicles. The driver of the second vehicle was injured in the crash and was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

Authorities are still investigating the crash. According to the first driver, he claimed that he looked both ways, but due to a snowdrift pushed up along the north side of the street, he was unable to see the oncoming vehicle. No charges have been filed at this time.

Accident investigation is a crucial step, and once it is complete, authorities will be able to determine cause. In addition, they could establish whether negligence played a role, helping them to assign liability. An accident victim may be able to file a personal injury claim against a negligent driver in order to seek compensation for damages such as medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and other losses.

Source: KIWAradio.com, "Sioux Center Man Hospitalized After Accident," Feb. 9, 2015

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