3 injured in Mason City reckless driving accident

At least three persons in Mason City, Iowa suffered physical injuries after they got involved in a vehicular accident caused by a reckless driver, an article of Globe Gazette stated on August 27.

According to reports at around 8:50 p.m. a two-vehicle accident happened at the intersection of Spruce Avenue and 305th Street. A southbound vehicle driven by a 26-year-old man was struck on the side by an eastbound vehicle driven by a 37-year-old woman. Cerro Gordo County authorities revealed that the accident happened after the male driver veered to the woman’s lane after failing to stop. Both drivers and one passenger, an occupant of the man’s car, were treated for their injuries while a baby inside the woman’s vehicle was taken to the hospital merely as a precaution. Authorities issued a citation to the male driver for ignoring a stop sign.

Reckless drivers, unfortunately, could inflict debilitating injuries to other people when they got involved in automobile accidents. However, if you are in such difficult situation, a skilled personal injury legal team may work on your behalf to possibly get your remunerations needed for recovery. Discuss your situation with the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., in Iowa today by calling (877) 327-2600 to learn more about your options.

Reckless driver kills two children in crash

The driver responsible for the reckless driving crash last Thursday that killed two children and left their mother and another child in critical condition has been charged at least ten times before for traffic-related infractions, according to court documents.

Previous charges include speeding, leaving the scene of an injury accident, reckless driving, and failure to maintain control,

The 46-year-old Norwalk man failed to stop for a stop sign at Southeast Tone’s Drive and Southeast Creekview Drive in Ankeny, police said.

He collided with a minivan driven by a woman and her three children, aged 5 months, 3 years, and 5 years old.

All four occupants of the minivan were seriously injured. The 5-year-old and 5-month-old both died while in hospital care.

The 46-year-old man was injured but is expected to make a full and rapid recovery.

Iowa teen drivers amongst worst in nation

According to a recent U.S News & World Report article investigating national teen driving safety, Iowa ranks 49th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

This ranking was achieved using information gathered by the federal government and independent organizations, including car accident fatality, road-quality, driver’s license statistics and previous ratings of driving and road and safety laws.

“A lot of the criteria has to do with graduated driving licensing,” said a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Transportation, Dena M. Gray-Fisher.

Iowa was one of the first states to pass a graduated driver’s license law, in1999. The law requires that new drivers undergo training and supervision hours. Limitations on when and with whom they may drive are lifted in a gradated manner based on their performance.

Although teens and young drivers comprise only 17 percent of the state’s residents, they are involved in or responsible for 40 percent of car accidents.

“Iowa has had a tendency to have relatively weak teen driving policy,” said Corinne Peek-Asa, director of the University of Iowa’s Injury Prevention Research Center.

Gov. Chet Culver signed into law a bill April 28 that makes it illegal  for those under the age of 17 in the back seat to not wear a seat belt, and on July 1, a ban on teenage cell phone use while driving will be going into effect.

Some teen drivers are responsible and mature. Many others are not, either due to technological distractions (phones), bad decisions (drinking and driving), or a physiological inclination to incorrectly assess threats. If you or someone you know has been injured by a reckless teen driver, contact the Iowa reckless driving attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.

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