Police officer in Des Moines causes second accident in 5 years

A 28-year-old police officer who joined the Des Moines department in 2007 has allegedly been involved in his second car accident while employed by the department.

This time, the officer was driving his patrol vehicle around 1 a.m. on Tuesday when he struck another vehicle. He continued driving away from the scene of the accident and did not alert other officers until five hours had passed. The patrol vehicle had two flat tires and body damage.

The officer attempted to fabricate a story to cover up the car accident, but his details were inconsistent with the damage to his car. An investigation into the claim revealed his connection with the accident that occurred hours earlier. Additionally, illegal drugs were found inside the vehicle. The amount of drugs that were found were believed to be for personal use.

Two charges were filed against the officer in relation to this early morning accident. He now faces a drug possession charge as well as a traffic violation charge. The investigation into the crash is currently being handled by the Des Moines police department.

The dangers of distracted driving

Cellphones and driving do not go hand-in-hand, and several recent campaigns are trying to shed light on the dangers of distracted driving in order to pass different cellphone bans in the United States.

The simple use of talking on the phone while driving can distract a driver as much as if they were legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent. Drivers who send and receive text messages while they are behind the wheel could take their eyes off the road for as long as 4.6 seconds each time. This would be equivalent to driving the length of a football field without looking.

Distracted driving accounts for thousands of deaths and accidents each year in the United States. The month of April has been regarded as the National Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the U.S. Department of Transportation. By informing people of the dangers of distracted driving, the department is hopeful that the number of fatal car accidents associated with this practice can be reduced.

If you have been hurt in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, please contact the Des Moines car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.

Des Moines motorcycle accident injures 1

A motorcycle accident that took place on Friday in Des Moines has left a motorcyclist suffering from serious injuries. The motorcyclist was traveling north near the intersection of Bloomfield and Meadow Chase Lane when he was hit by a motor vehicle.

The driver of the motor vehicle was turning left at the intersection when he hit the motorcyclist. He claims that the motorcyclist was hard to see due to the inactivity of the motorcycle’s headlights. Police also noted that the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

When emergency personnel arrived on the scene, the motorcyclist was promptly transported to a local hospital in order to receive aid for his severe injuries. Over the weekend in Iowa, police had extra patrol units out in order to prepare for the crowds that St. Patrick’s Day attracts each year.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Iowa, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please contact the Des Moines car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.

Four injured in Des Moines car accident

Four people were injured last Sunday when a woman lost control of her vehicle and swerved into oncoming traffic.

The car accident happened around 6 p.m. near University Avenue in Des Moines. The driver, a 23-year-old female from Oskaloosa was driving with her 4-year-old son, and a 21-year-old passenger. She hit two cars before coming to a complete stop on the other side of the road. Firefighters had to assist the individuals in evacuating the vehicles after the accident.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck was also hurt in the accident, but the severity of her injuries was not known. The 4-year-old boy is currently in critical condition at Blank Children’s Hospital. The causes regarding the accidents are still under investigation.

Please contact the Des Moines car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 if you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident.

Waterloo crash kills Madison man

Joseph Pink, 71, of Madison, WI, died Wednesday from injuries suffered after a car collision in Waterloo, IA, earlier this week.

According to authorities, Pink was hit by Garth Beatty, 70, of Vinton, IA, while crossing the southbound lanes of Highway 63.  Beatty was driving a pickup truck with a trailer attached.

Both cars ended up in a ditch, and the pickup truck flipped upon impact.  Beatty was brought to a nearby Waterloo hospital.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it is important to have experienced representation to help guide you through this difficult time.  Contact Des Moines auto accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.

5-car accident in West Liberty

Candelaria Antonio, 24, of West Liberty, was driving her Ford Explorer on Nov 7 when a vehicle struck her from behind.

Antonio was making on the 900 block of N. Columbus St. into a private drive when Patricia Koenig, 65, of West Liberty, hit Antonio with her van from behind.  Francisco Reyes, 50, of West Liberty, was driving behind Koenig and stopped his car, but a domino effect of collisions began.   Reyes was hit from behind by Fernando Rios, 38, of Muscatine, and Rios was then hit by Leonel Ayala, 29, of West Liberty.

Koenig and Ayala were issued citations for failure to maintain control while driving, and the remaining three were issued citations for failure to carry a valid Iowa drivers license.

Three of the victims were taken to a nearby hospital for injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Des Moines car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.

Iowa man injured after crashing into semitrailer

On Saturday,  Ryan J. Siebenbrodt, 30, of Des Moines crashed into an empty semitrailer driven by Walter J. Seilheimer, 66, of Sandwich, IL.

Siebenbrodt was driving a Chevrolet Impala which collided with the semi near Main Street and County Line Road in Kane County.  According to police, Siebenbrodt had to be cut from his car and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.  Seilheimer was unharmed.

The incident is still under investigation.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.

Winter weather causes fatal crash in western Iowa

On Wednesday, a Honda Element was pulling a trailer on Highway 370, just east of the Bellevue, Neb. toll bridge in western Iowa lost control and crashed into another car.

The driver died in the crash, and the female driver of the other car was sent to Creighton University Medical Center with minor injuries.

Iowa State Patrol blames the wintry weather for the fatal crash.  Our deepest thoughts and condolences are with the victim’s family at this time.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Des Moines auto accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at  877-327-2600.

Four Des Moines women die after semi collision

A semi truck was traveling on Jordan Creek Parkway when it neglected to yield at a traffic signal and hit a car leaving Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

There were four elderly women occupying the vehicle that was hit. Two of the women died on impact and the other two women later succumbed to their injuries at a local hospital. The women had all been residents of a senior home called the Lodge of Ashworth.

The car was moved more than 75 feet from the point of impact in the car accident.

The driver of the semi sustained no serious injuries. Charges have yet to be filed in the case.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families and friends during this difficult time.

Iowa bus accident injures students, driver

A school bus was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Monday, January 10, leaving the bus driver and four elementary school students injured.

The accident occurred when an SUV driven by 30-year-old Shawna Beitz crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 38 and struck the school bus.

The driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, while 4 students were treated and released for minor injuries.

The cause of the accident has not yet been released.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your accident-related costs. To learn more about your legal options, contact the Iowa bus accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today by calling 877-327-2600.

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