Fatal vehicular accidents on the rise in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) recently predicted that deaths involving vehicles will be higher this year as compared to the previous year, a June 27 report of The Des Moines Register stated.

From January until June, the DOT already recorded 170 vehicular fatalities, which is significantly greater than the total of 128 deaths recorded in the same months in 2015. This year’s record, according to DOT, has exceeded the 140 five-year average vehicular deaths. The recent DOT data revealed that combinations of not wearing seatbelts, excessive speeding, and drunken or distracted driving were factors related to the death increase. An officer of the Iowa State Patrol noted fatal one-vehicle accidents often occur due to over speeding. Iowa authorities advised travelers this summer season to always wear a seatbelt and to slow down to prevent deadly accidents.

The Des Moines attorneys of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. understand families have to deal with great emotional, physical, and financial hardships after a loved one is injured in an accident. If your life has been interrupted by a negligent driver,  we may help you pursue damage claims against responsible parties for you to possibly lessen your burden. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (877) 327-2600 to learn more about your options.

Thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycles under investigation

An investigation recently launched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) could affect 430,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The NHTSA is probing the situation due to complaints that the brakes might fail during emergency situations, an article of Fortune stated on July 8.

Reports said the NHTSA wanted to find out why the “anti-lock braking system,” or ABS, of 2008 to 2011 model motorcycles are known to malfunction during operation. There were 43 complaints received by the NHTSA, including three crashes and two personal injuries. Riders reportedly experienced braking failure unexpectedly, the NHTSA noted. The motorcycles are equipped with ABS to provide the braking capabilities necessary during emergency situations. Harley-Davidson, who recalled more than 60,000 motorcycles in 2014 due to a braking problem, said that they are working with federal authorities to investigate the issue.

The Des Moines attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., understand that motorcyclists are often left permanently disabled after involvement in accidents. If you were the victim of a motorcycle accident, we can help you receive compensation if faulty motorcycles are liable. Call our office today at (877) 327-2600 to learn more about your options.

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