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Iowa Fatal Car Accidents: Guidance For Those Left Behind

Last updated on June 24, 2024

Accidents happen every day, but in recent years, Iowa has seen a troubling rise in crash fatalities.

At Galligan Law, we know how catastrophic events like the sudden death of a loved one due to a fatal car accident can affect families in Des Moines. We believe the responsible parties owe a duty of reparation to those coping with a sudden loss.

Any vehicle crash can turn tragic, but some accidents carry a higher risk of fatal injuries. Here are some examples:

  • Head-on collisions. These crashes can be lethal due to the high-speed impact and direct collision.
  • Rollover accidents. When vehicles roll during a crash, ejection can occur, resulting in severe injuries or death.
  • Commercial truck collisions. Smaller autos often do not match the massive size and weight of these vehicles.
  • Pedestrian strikes. Without the protection of a vehicle, those struck by a moving car or truck have a high risk of death.

Our Des Moines lawyers can help you find closure for your family and justice for your lost loved one.

Causes Of Fatal Accidents In Iowa

Fatal accidents can occur for several reasons, many involving negligence. Examples include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving (alcohol or drugs)
  • Aggressive and reckless driving

Hundreds of accident fatalities are reported each year in Iowa.

Possible Damages To Address Your Loss

In the aftermath of a fatal accident, Iowa law provides for damages to the deceased’s estate or family members.

  • Economic: Compensation for financial damages such as lost income and out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Noneconomic: Acknowledgment of intangible losses like pain and suffering or loss of companionship.
  • Punitive: Financial awards to deter similar future conduct when egregious behavior results in life loss.

It takes experience and skill to understand how to value a claim.

Justice For Your Loved One

In Iowa, you have only two years to file a claim when a fatal accident robs you of a beloved family member. Trust in the experience our Des Moines accident and wrongful death attorneys offer. Call 515-316-6179 to get started.