It is common sense, but those hit by cars or trucks while walking do not have as many protections as the driver inside of the vehicle. These pedestrians who are hit by cars tend to run the risk of suffering from very serious injuries that can even be fatal. When this happens, a pedestrian accident can end up leading not only to criminal charges against the driver responsible for the crash, but it can also mean a wrongful death lawsuit against that driver.
A 62-year-old recently pleaded guilty to one count of criminal vehicular operation and one count of criminal vehicular homicide in relation to a December 2011 accident that claimed the life of an Iowa State student. The 62-year-old was reportedly under the influence at the time of the crash and did not even initially realize he had struck three people.
According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, every year there are roughly 50 trucking accidents that result in death or serious injury. Among these accidents there are numerous common causes, including improperly loaded trucks, truck driver error and defective truck parts.
With it being wintertime, Iowa drivers need to be mindful of the road conditions while driving. This means following the speed limit, not making any sudden stopping or turning maneuvers and always giving 100 percent of their attention to the task at hand: driving.
A 30+ car pileup on I-35 has left at least three people dead and many more injured. The accident occurred in Williams, Iowa, approximately 60 miles north of Des Moines. Whiteout conditions prevented drivers from seeing other stopped cars.
The NHTSA released 2011 accident fatality numbers this week, showing promising numbers overall yet significant new challenges.