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.



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.



4 Injured in Iowa Motor Vehicle Accident

Four people were injured in an Iowa car accident Sunday evening.

According to officials with the Iowa State Patrol, the accident occurred at the intersection of Southwest Seventh Street and U.S. 20 in Dyersville. Police say 34 year-old Matthew Burnell was crossing south on U.S. 20 from a stop sign on Seventh Street shortly after 4:30 p.m. when 18 year-old Charles Emmerson collided with Burnell’s driver-side door. Both vehicles came to rest in the median.

Burnell was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque for treatment. He is listed in fair condition. Emmerson and his two passengers, 15 year-old Brian Emmerson and 49 year-old Sally Houser, were also taken to the Mercy Medical where they were treated and released.

No citations have been issued. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, please contact an Iowa Injury Lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.



Ohio State to Pay $1M Settlement in Fatal Elevator Accident Lawsuit

Ohio State University has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a student who was crushed by a residence-hall elevator more than four years ago.

According to court documents, Andy Polakowski died on October 20, 2006, when he was crushed as he was trying to step off an elevator in Ohio State’s Stradley Hall. As Polakowski exited the elevator, the lift suddenly descended from the third floor with its doors open. His body was wedged between the ceiling of the elevator and the floor of the third-floor lobby.

Andy’s parents, Janina and Kazimierz Polakowski, filed a lawsuit in the Ohio Court of Claims alleging the school was negligent in maintaining, inspecting, repairing, and operating the elevator. The Ohio Department of Commerce inspected the Stradley elevator after Polakowski’s death and concluded that the elevator’s main brake had failed.

The University agreed to pay $1,000,000 to settle the wrongful death lawsuit. The school countersued five companies as third-party defendants.

If someone you love has been injured in an elevator accident, please contact the Iowa Personal Injury Lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.



91 Year-Old Man Survives Night in Ditch After Iowa Truck Accident

A Lee County man is recovering after he spent the night in a ditch following an Iowa truck accident.

Accoridng to officials with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, 91 year-old Richard Mabeus was driving his pickup truck on a rural road Sunday night when he went through an intersection and crashed into a ditch. Mabeus got out of the truck and attempted to walk to look for help, but collapsed in the ditch, police say. He spent the night and part of Monday in the ditch before he was found by family members.

Mabeus’ family members called 911 and emergency response crews arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. Mabeus was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. The nature and extent of his injuries are not known. He is also being treated for hypothermia.

The cause of the truck accident remains under investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

If you have been injured in a similar auto accident, please contact the Iowa truck accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.



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