Tired drivers are more likely to cause an accident, study suggests

A study that appeared in the “Archives of Internal Medicine” found a link between tired drivers and car accidents.

There were 700 participants who were surveyed for the study. Each one of them had been hospitalized for more than one day due to accidents they sustained in a car accident. It was determined by police that more than 50 percent of the patients were in the hospital because of accidents they had caused.

The results from the study revealed that driving under the influence and sleepy driving were connected to a rise in car accidents. A surprising result from the study showed that medication that included side effects for operating machinery were not connected to an increase in accidents, but rather a lower risk.

If you have been hurt in a car accident that was caused by a reckless driver, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Iowa State University celebrates MLK Jr., with madrigal dinner

In order to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Iowa State University is hosting a madrigal dinner this Friday and Saturday.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and proceed onto dinner at 6:30 p.m. It will take place in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union and tickets for the performance will be $42. Students will receive a discounted ticket price of $38.

ISU will also be honoring MLK Jr. with a carillon concert that will take place on the central area of campus at noon. This singing event is free for all to attend.

The Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., are committed to their community and are happy to announce events that take place that residents can enjoy. For further details, visit the Ames Patch online today.



Two Women Injured in Train Accident

Two women were injured in a train accident in Indiana.

According to officials with the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department, a train struck a car at a railroad crossing northwest of Indianapolis near Jamestown on the Boone-Hendricks County line. Police say 80 year-old Alice M. Schooler was driving a Chevrolet Impala that crossed the tracks into the path of a 22-car CSX train that was hauling steel.

Witnesses reported hearing the train’s conductor sound a horn as it approached the crossing. Video from the train’s engine showed the passenger vehicle crossing the tracks without slowing.

Schooler and a passenger in her car, 72 year-old Patricia A. Manion, were injured in the accident. They were transported by medical helicopter to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. No information on the nature or extent of their injuries was available.

If you have been injured in a train accident, please contact an Iowa train accident lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.

 



Lawsuit Filed Over California Elevator Fall

Two women in California have filed a lawsuit over an elevator fall.

According to Orange County Superior Court documents, Janet Hsu and her mother, Sufeir Hsu, became trapped in the elevator at Park Plaza in Irvine California for about an hour, despite a quick response by Fire Authorities. The lawsuit names building owner The Irvine Co., ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp., and ThyssenKrupp’s service division as defendants.

The plaintiffs are seeking $20,666 for medical and therapy costs, in addition to unspecified amounts for physical, mental, and emotional suffering. The two women are representing themselves on the civil complaint.

According to the lawsuit, the Hsus entered the elevator and pressed the button for the second floor. The elevator passed the second floor and continued to the 12th floor, and then fell. “The elevator rapidly descended, we fell hard on the floor inside the elevator, and the light fixtures like the metal brackets and glass from the ceiling started falling down, too,” the lawsuit states.

The Irvine Co. Senior Vice President Erin K. Freeman released a statement saying: “The Irvine Company is committed to the safety of its tenants and their visitors. We are vigilant in the maintenance of our equipment and continually reinvest in our properties to ensure they exceed industry quality standards. As a matter of policy, we do not comment on pending litigation.”

If you have suffered an elevator injury, please contact an Iowa elevator injury attorney of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.

 



1 Killed, 1 Injured in Des Moines Car Accident

One person was killed and another injured in an Iowa car accident Thursday.

According to officials with the Iowa State Patrol, one person was killed in an accident on Highway 330 in Jasper County shortly after 7:00 a.m. Police say a car with four passengers was traveling southbound on Highway 330 near the intersection of F17 when the accident occurred.

According to the Iowa State Patrol accident report, a vehicle pulled out in front of the southbound car, causing it to collided with the passengers’ side of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The victim’s identity has not been released, pending notification of family members.

Troopers say one person in the southbound car was transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center for treatment. No information on the nature or extent of the victim’s injuries was immediately available. The victim’s identity has not been released.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and friends during this difficult time.

 



Four People Injured in Iowa Train Accident

Four people were injured Tuesday night after a piece of railroad maintenance equipment struck the car they were riding in near Larchwood.

According to officials with the Lyon County Sheriff’s office, the accident occurred shortly after 9:00 p.m. at the intersection of 120th Street and Dogwood Avenue. Deputies say 19 year-old Jessica Knobloch was driving a 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on Dogwood Avenue, turning west onto 120th Street, when a ballast regulator, owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, struck her vehicle.

Accoridng to the accident report, Knobloch and her passenger, 26 year-old Clifford Logan, were transported by ground ambulance to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids for treatment. Another passenger, 19 year-old George-resident Jessie Bathke, was taken to Sanford Hospital in Luverne, Minn., and later transferred to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., for treatment of minor injuries.

If you have been injured in a train accident in Iowa, please contact the Iowa Train Accident Lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.

 



Iowa Truck Accident: Fatal Crash in Polk Co.

A man was killed in an Iowa truck accident late Sunday night.

According to officials with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 58 year-old Wellsburg-resident Richard Leroy England suffered fatal injuries in a truck accident on Interstate Highway 35 in northern Polk County Sunday. Police say the accident occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. near mile marker 98 north of Des Moines.

According to an Iowa State Patrol accident report, England was driving a semi-truck at the time of the accident. The motor carrier is listed as United Parcel Service. Authorities say England was traveling southbound on Interstate Highway 35 when he lost control of his vehicle, veered off the roadway, and collided with a wire safety guard.

England was transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines where he was later pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.

 



CA Highway Patrol Officer Awarded $35M in Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit

A jury in California returned a $35 million verdict in a lawsuit filed by a police officer who was paralyzed in a car accident in 2007.

According to court documents, California Highway Patrol officer Anthony Pedeferri was left paralyzed after he was struck by a car on Highway 101 near Faria Beach, California. The vehicle was driven by Jeremy White, of Paso Robles, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2008 for his role in the accident.

Pedeferri filed a civil lawsuit against White and the owners of Bert’s Mega Mall in Covina, from where White was returning from at the time of the accident. Employees of Bert’s strapped two motorcycles into White’s truck prior to the accident.

A Ventura County jury returned a $35 million verdict after a judge threw out a defense motion for a new trial.

If you suffered from a spinal cord injury due to some else’s reckless driving or negligent actions, please contact an Iowa spinal cord injury attorney of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Slip And Fall Accident Leads to Premises Liability Lawsuit

A couple has filed a premises liability lawsuit against a Texas restaurant over a slip and fall incident.

According to Harris County District Court documents, Clinton and Jamie Cobb filed a premises liability lawsuit on May 19 against Chuy’s Opco and Parkway Construction & Associates.

The lawsuit claims that on September 19, 2010, Clinton seriously injured his knee while dining at Chuy’s restaurant. He claims he slipped and fell on an excessively slippery entry ramp, which had been recently painted by Parkway construction. The Cobbs are seeking an unspecified amount of damages, plus court costs.

A representative for Parkway Construction declined to comment on the lawsuit.

If you have been injured on a negligently maintained property, please contact the Iowa premises liability lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



One Injured in Iowa Motor Vehicle Accident

A man from Buffalo was injured in a rollover car accident in Davenport Tuesday.

According to officials with the Davenport Police Department, 34 year-old Kevin Derrickson sustained multiple injuries in an auto accident on Interstate 74 near mile marker 0 shortly after 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was transported by ambulance to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street for treatment. He was later transferred to University Hospitals in Iowa City.

According to the accident report, Derrickson was driving a 2008 Ford Escape eastbound on I-74 when he began coughing. As he was coughing, Derrickson drove into the center median, crossed into the westbound lanes, and onto the westbound shoulder. His SUV rolled several times before coming to a rest.

If you have been injured in an Iowa car accident, please contact the Iowa Personal Injury Lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



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