Man slapped with charges over involvement in fatal motorcycle crash

Law enforcement officials in Des Moines, Iowa have filed appropriate charges against a motorcyclist they suspect was liable in an accident that killed another motorcyclist, a report of Radio Iowa stated on December 13.

Charges filed against the man include vehicular homicide by reckless driving and vehicular homicide by drag racing. The charges filed against the 22-year-old man from Johnston come because the police believe he was having a race with another motorcyclist on October 22 in Des Moines. The motorcyclist the Johnston man was racing was speeding when he slammed into a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) at an intersection on the northwestern side of Des Moines. Authorities say the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and he died at the scene of the accident. However, the driver of the SUV driver suffered only minor injuries. Authorities made the arrest on December 12 because they linked the man to the fatal accident.



3 pronounced dead in Walmart store accident

An article of CBS News reported on December 2 that three people in Pella, Iowa were pronounced dead after they were involved in an accident at a Walmart store involving a pickup truck.

Aside from the three fatalities on December 1, two other people, including the vehicle driver, suffered injuries after a vehicle rammed through the glass facade of the store’s entrance. The pickup reportedly passed through a concrete post and into the grocery area where it came to a stop after striking a food display stand. Individuals who saw the incident said the driver, identified as a 66-year-old man, was travelling at an excessive speed when the accident took place.

Information coming from authorities said that they are waiting for the man’s toxicology tests before taking any action. The man involved did not have any traffic or felony history, and it was not clear if he suffered from a medical condition at the time.



Termination came to Ames bus driver involved in deadly accident

After several months of being placed on administrative leave, a bus driver in the City of Ames, Iowa was recently terminated from his post due to his involvement in a fatal accident that he failed to report, a November 26 article of Omaha World-Herald reported.

An attorney representing Ames City confirmed that the 24-year-old bus driver had been terminated by the city on November 22. Before the driver was terminated, he was still receiving pay from his employer CyRide, which is funded by the city government. The driver, in December, had been involved in a pedestrian mishap that killed a female student of Iowa State University. Reports said the driver spent 30 days in jail after pleading guilty of failing to report an accident with a fatality. The city explained that it took them time before terminating the driver to avoid being sued for illegal termination.



Mazda sports cars recalled in the US

About 70,000 previous models of Mazda sports cars are being recalled by the manufacturer to address a problem that could cause the vehicles to catch fire if a fuel leak is ignited during operation, an article of Reuters stated on November 15.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on November 15 stated that a fuel leak may occur because the “pump sealing rings” of the 2004-2008 models of RX-8 sports vehicles. The affected vehicles reportedly could catch fire if the leaking fuel is ignited. The NHTSA told reports that the leaking may take place if the pump sealing rings are exposed to excessive heat from the exhaust pipe or engine. Mazda said that neither accidents nor injuries involving the affected sports cars were reported before the recall. Dealers are expected to change the affected pump component in the vehicle at no cost.

Consumers are often left with permanent disabilities after being involved in a car accident; victims may be especially frustrated if the cause of the accident occurred because of a product defect. However, if this has happened to you, working with a skilled auto defect legal team is important to finding out if negligent parties are liable. Discuss your situation with the Des Moines lawyers of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today by calling (877) 327-2600 to learn more about your legal options.



Manufacturers of electric and hybrid vehicles required to install sound device

Federal authorities passed a new law requiring vehicle manufacturers to install an “audible alert” on their electric and hybrid vehicles to promote pedestrian safety, an article from the NHTSA reported on November 14.

Reports said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aims to improve pedestrian safety, especially for those who are visually impaired, by requiring electric and hybrid vehicles to have an easily detectable sound device. Blind pedestrians and pedestrians who have poor eyesight are expected to benefit most from the rule. The new rule was approved because electric and hybrid vehicles are much quieter than fuel-powered vehicles. Ideally, the regulation will further reduce the number of pedestrian accidents, currently 2,400, which occur every year. The NHTSA set a deadline of September 2019 for manufacturers to complete installation of a sound device. According to the NHTSA’s Mark Rosekind, an audible alert is a “common-sense tool” that could help pedestrians navigating the road.

The legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., understands that many pedestrians in Des Moines are devastated after being injured in accidents. However, if you were hurt in a pedestrian accident, we offer you legal assistance to pursue damage claims from negligent parties. Call our office today at (877) 327-2600 to find out how we can help you recover your loss.



NHTSA link faulty Takata airbag to fatal accident

A November 3 article of Fortune revealed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is linking defective Takata airbags to a recent vehicular accident in California that resulted in a fatality.

Information coming from the NHTSA revealed a woman, identified only as a 50-year-old in Riverside County, was riding in a Honda vehicle that was part of an investigation regarding exploding airbags. A spokesperson for the NHTSA recently expressed concern that automakers, including Honda, are reluctant to replace all the faulty airbags in their vehicles. In the U.S. alone, the hazardous airbags were associated with 11 fatalities. Takata agreed to recall their airbags after federal authorities discovered they could cause serious harm to vehicle occupants if the airbags burst. Namely, the airbags are liable to shoot metal bits from a broken inflator.

Families are often left struggling with a financial burden after losing a loved one in a car accident. However, if you are the victim of a product recall, compensations could be given to you if negligent parties are liable for your loss. Discuss your situation with a Des Moines auto defect attorney of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today by calling (877) 327-2600.



Des Moines truck crash leaves four people hurt

A crash between two vehicles in Des Moines left four people with personal injuries, an article of KCCI 8 reported on October 26.

According to reports, a transport vehicle of the Polk County Jail containing nine inmates and two deputies collided with a truck at 2:30 p.m. The incident took place near the jail at 1985 NE 51st Place, as the transport van was about to enter Polk County Jail after coming from the court and the truck was leaving the premises. The injuries sustained by the four people, identified as inmates, were considered minor and they were brought to a hospital for treatment. Authorities have decided not to release the identities of the people involved as they conduct their investigation. State authorities, rescue personnel, and fire crews from other departments provided assistance to area responders.

If you have been injured in a vehicular crash, working with an attorney is an important step towards obtaining the compensations you need for recovery. Speak with the Des Moines team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today by calling (877) 327-2600 to learn more about your legal options.



Motorcycle rider seriously hurt in Iowa mishap

A motorcycle operator was believed to have sustained serious injuries after being involved in an accident with another motorcycle in Le Mars, Iowa, an October 2 article of Sioux City Journal reported.

Information provided by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office revealed that at around 3:00 p.m., two motorcycles were involved in an accident on the southern portion of Highway 75. A motorcycle driver suddenly slowed down causing another motorcycle to struck its rear portion. The motorcycle driver from behind was believed to have suffered serious head injury after being thrown out of the vehicle. The second motorcycle driver suffered minor injuries and that person refused hospitalization. Aside from local authorities, a helicopter was needed to transport the seriously injured motorcyclist to the hospital.

Motorcycle accidents are often serious due to the vehicle’s limited stability and protection it gives to riders. However, if this happens to you a skilled legal counsel may possibly help you get treatment funds if negligent parties are involved. Find out how a Des Moines injury lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., may work for you today by calling (877) 327-2600.



Iowa DUI suspect receives 12 year prison sentence for disabling woman in accident

A sentence of 12 years in prison was imposed on a drunk driver after he crashed a vehicle last year that left a woman disabled, an October 19 article of WQAD reported on October 19.

According to reports, a woman suffered multiple injuries last year after the vehicle she was driving in Rock Island County was struck by a vehicle driven by a man who was under the influence of intoxicants. The woman required surgeries due to facial injuries she sustained. During the sentencing on Wednesday, the woman told the defendant how angry she was at him for taking her life. Aside from hospital expenses that already reached $500,000, the woman is close to losing her health insurance after losing her job. Prior to the sentencing, the man had four DUI offenses in Des Moines County.

The car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. represent Des Moines individuals who are disabled by drunk drivers in accidents. We may be able to help you recover your loss by pursuing damage claims from negligent parties. Call our office today at (877) 327-2600 to find out how we may work for you.



Student pedestrian injured in Iowa mishap

A student was recently hospitalized in Waterloo, Iowa due to the injuries she sustained in an accident outside the school, an article of The Courier reported on October 11.

Information provided by authorities revealed that at around 3:45 p.m. a grade school student of Highland Elementary School was struck by a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) on Idaho Street. The girl, whose name was not released, was reportedly making her way home when she was struck by the vehicle while crossing Idaho Street. Responding emergency crews brought the girl at Unity Point Health-Allen Hospital and authorities noted that she was conscious. Information about the SUV driver and the condition of the pedestrian were not yet available as of reporting.

Children pedestrians are at high risk of sustaining debilitating or fatal injuries when they are struck by vehicles while crossing the streets. If this has happened to a loved one, working with a personal injury attorney is a viable option to get the financial assistance you need. Speak with a Des Moines attorney of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today at (877) 327-2600 to pursue damage claims against negligent parties.



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