It is an unfortunate reality that accidents occur daily on Iowa roadways. While some of these collisions are minor and involve little to no damages or injuries, other are very serious, impacting numerous drivers and passengers on the roadway. One type of accident that frequently causes a large accident site is a truck crash. Although large vehicles such as semi-trucks are beneficial for commerce in Iowa and states across the nation, these vehicles can be the culprit of a serious and even fatal collision.
Just like drivers of automobiles in Iowa and other states in the nation must pass a written test and a driving test to obtain a driver's license, drivers of commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks must also pass tests to get a commercial vehicle license. In fact, drivers have more strict guidelines to meet in order to operate a commercial motor vehicle, and if an unqualified truck driver is hired or continues to operate a large truck, this could create serious risk and dangers on the roadway. Moreover, this could help establish liability for a truck accident.
As the weather warms up, residents in Iowa can expect to see an increase in bicyclists throughout the state. Whether it is for exercise, recreational, to save energy, to run errands or commute to school or work, residents and visitors often opt to ride their bike on a nice day. While it is an enjoyable activity, biking also poses risks to riders. Bicyclists will often ride their bikes in areas where there is also automobile traffic. If a driver or cyclist fails to follow the rules of the road, they could cause a serious or even fatal crash.
Many are aware of the dangers that drinking and driving can present. A driver's ability to safely drive and maneuver a vehicle is compromised when a driver has consumed alcohol beverages. Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated does not only risk the life of the driver and occupants of that vehicle, but it also presents some grave risks to others traveling on the road by automobile, bicycle and on foot. And while it is known that a drunk driver could cause an accident, all drivers, especially young ones, should understand how they could make responsible decisions.
It happens all too often. A driver is approaching a light when it turns yellow. In order to avoid stopping at the lighted intersection, a driver decides to hit the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal, causing them to travel through a red light. While this might seem like a harmless action to some Iowa drivers, running red lights could lead to serious and sometimes even fatal intersection collisions. Moreover, running a red light usually causes a driver to speed, and this recklessness could also lead to a car crash
Drivers in Iowa do it on a daily basis; they travel on roads with other drivers in order to get from point A to point B. Despite this being a normal daily activity for most residents, for some, this could result in a tragic event. While it could be generally safe to drive on major highways, city streets and rural roads, serious and fatal car accidents to occur throughout the state of Iowa. This leads some to question the dangers present on the roads and whether traffic safety is improving in the state.
A motor vehicle accident can be a very scary situation for Iowa drivers. They can suddenly occur, leaving an unsuspecting driver questioning how it happened. The causes of accident are not always obvious, and our law firm understands how this could present frustrations for accident victims. Following a car accident, it is important to conduct a thorough investigation. This could help establish the cause of the collision and assign liability to the party at fault.
It is a known fact that wearing a helmet helps protect motorcyclists from suffering serious injuries if an accident were to occur. Despite this knowledge, some riders in Iowa do not wear a helmet. And when a motorcycle accident occurs, a rider or a passenger could suffer a brain injury.
Now that the weather is warming up and it is starting to feel like spring in Iowa, residents will see more and more motorcycles traveling on the roadways. While it is always important to keep an eye out for smaller motor vehicles traveling on the roadways, it is a time of year when additional precaution is necessary to avoid motorcycle accidents.
Iowa residents are aware that various types of vehicles fill the major and minor roadways of the state. Some major roads, such as Interstate 35, experience high levels of traffic at certain hours of the day, making them more prone to accidents. Moreover, this interstate is frequently used by large vehicles such as semi-trucks. While these massive trucks could travel safely on these roads, unfortunately a truck crash could ensue due to driver negligence or dangerous conditions on the roadway.