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.

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.

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.

Traffic stops in West Des Moines after semi-truck accident

Portions of a road in West Des Moines were momentarily blocked after a semi-truck accident was recorded by a camera from the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT), a September 19 report of KCCI 8 stated.

Authorities were notified of the accident around 7:30 A.M. that happened after the exit for I-80 on the West Mixmaster. Reports revealed the unidentified driver of the semi-truck did not see the vehicles slowing down in front of him. In the video posted by the Iowa DOT on Twitter, the semi-truck in the right lane veered from the road to prevent crashing the vehicle in front of it. Traffic flow in both lanes was slowed to a stop after the incident. Iowa authorities reminded motorists to pay attention while on the road as serious accidents are often caused by secondary collisions.

At the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. in Des Moines, lawyers understand accidents often result in serious or fatal injuries. If you think this happened to you or a loved one, we may be able to help you obtain the compensations you need by pursuing damage claims against negligent parties. Speak with us today at (877) 327-2600 to learn more about your options.

Motorcycle rider dies after Mason City accident

A motorcycle rider, who was recently involved in a motorcycle-car accident in Mason City succumbed to his injuries while receiving treatment at a medical facility in North Iowa, a report of Globe Gazette stated on June 17.

Mason City authorities told reporters that a 2005 Toyota Corolla driven by a 74-year-old woman struck a 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster driven by a 51-year-old man. The Toyota Corolla entered the southbound lane of North Pierce Avenue when the motorcycle collided with it. Soon after, the man died from the fatal injuries he sustained, while being treated at a hospital.

Crews from the Mason City fire medics treated the woman at the crash scene before she was later discharged. Traffic flow along North Pierce Avenue was stopped while responding authorities worked on the crash site. Personnel from the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office assisted the response teams from the Mason City Fire Department and Mason City Operations.

Iowa OWI offender involved in fatal accident busted again

On June 17, Radio Iowa reported that a woman who was charged for her involvement in a fatal drunk driving (OWI) accident in Des Moines last year was arrested recently in southern Iowa.

A sheriff in Lucas County reported that authorities arrested a 53-year-old woman on June 10 due to suspicions that she was driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. Deputies later learned that the woman’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.112 percent after a preliminary breath test. Records showed the woman was charged in connection to a November 17 OWI accident that killed a 60-year-old man and a 59-year-old man. The woman, who was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide-operating under the influence and vehicular homicide-reckless driving, is scheduled for a court hearing in September.

The legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. in Des Moines understands that drunk drivers are one of the leading causes of fatal accidents. If you were harmed by a drunk driver, we may be able to help you receive compensation for recovery. Learn more about your options from us by calling (877) 327-2600.

2 police among 4 killed in Iowa mishap

Two Des Moines police officers were among the four individuals killed in a two-vehicle accident caused by a wrong-way driver in Iowa, a March 26 article of News Channel 3 reported.

Reports stated a female and a male police officer were on their way to Des Moines to transport a female inmate when their vehicle was crashed into by a vehicle driving in the wrong direction. All of the occupants inside the police vehicle and the driver who caused the collision were killed in the head-on crash. A spokesperson for the Des Moines police stated that the officers had both recently graduated in October and they had been working in the department for several months. In a press conference held hours later after the accident, the police chief, who was saddened by the incident, gave some details to the public. Governor Terry Branstad stated that he will issue an order to lower the flags to half-staff in honor of the lost officers.

Waterloo students hurt in vehicular accident

Several individuals, some of which were students, were injured when a school van was rear-ended by a pickup trick in Waterloo on December 9.

Reports said the accident occurred at about 5:00 in the evening; Waterloo Police were called to the intersection of E 8th Street and Franklin Street after receiving reports of the accident. The two-vehicle collision reportedly happened when a woman driving a pickup truck struck the back of a Waterloo School District van. Both vehicles were traveling west on Franklin Street at the time of the accident. Authorities told reporters that six people were hospitalized due to injuries that were considered minor. Police withheld the exact number of students hurt in the incident along with all other identifying information for those involved in the collision.

Many families suffer from physical injuries and financial loss when their children sustain injuries in car accidents. If you are dealing with the aftermath of a collision in Des Moines, the legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. is prepared to help you fight for compensation. Call our office today at (877) 327-2600 to learn more about your options.

Two injured in Dubuque County crash

Two drivers in Dubuque County suffered injuries after they were involved in an accident near Luxemburg, a November 8 article reported.

Information coming from the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office revealed that authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident on November 6 on Highway 136. A woman, identified as a 46-year-old New Vienna resident, was traveling in the southbound lane when she attempted to pass a slower vehicle. After entering the northbound lane to pass, the woman saw another vehicle coming towards her in the northbound lane. Upon attempting to get back in the southbound lane out of the oncoming vehicle’s way, the woman over-corrected and struck the oncoming vehicle, driven by a 66-year-old man from Colesburg.

The collision send both vehicles into a nearby ditch, and the woman’s car rolled several times along the way. Both drivers were taken to Mercy Hospital, with the man being airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics later due to the serious condition of this injuries.


1 badly injured in Dubuque vehicular mishap

One man suffered serious injuries near a school in Dubuque after the pickup he was driving was hit by a tow truck, an article from reported on Friday, September 18.

At around 1:30 p.m. on September 17, a two-vehicle accident happened near Prescott Elementary School. A vehicle operated by a 63-year-old Wisconsin man was driving on 11th street when it was T-boned by a tow truck coming White Street. The 63-year-old man reportedly suffered incapacitating injuries after the tow truck struck his vehicle on the driver’s side. The injured driver was airlifted to an Iowa City hospital after being admitted to a nearby hospital. The tow truck operator, who is from Dyersville, was issued a citation after authorities said the collision took place when he continued driving on a red traffic light.

Sadly, many people are left permanently disabled after being involved in car accidents caused by reckless drivers. However, if this happens to you, a Des Moines lawyer at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. may possibly help you get the compensations you need to sustain your life while disabled. Call us today at (877) 327-2600 to begin your legal action against negligent parties.

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