Iowa highway fatalities connected to increase in speed limit

Since 2005, Iowa highway fatalities have risen by approximately 10 percent. In 2005, the overall speed limit for rural highways in the state was increased from 65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour.

The six years leading up to the speed limit change, there were 227 fatalities recorded by the Iowa Department of Transportation. Once the speed limit increased, the number of traffic-related fatalities began to rise. From 2005-2011 there were 250 individuals killed on rural highways in the state.

The speed limit is believed to play a large factor in this increase due to the fact the overall traffic deaths in Iowa has declined in recent years. Higher speed limits are associated with speeding vehicles, reckless driving, and speed-related car accidents.

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


Car accidents in Iowa result in 4 fatalities over the weekend

Four people died over the weekend after being involved in car accidents in the state of Iowa. Three different traffic-related accidents were responsible for these deaths.

A 17-year-old driver in Fort Dodge lost her life after she became airborne as a result of a single-car accident. A Waterloo man was also killed after he lost control of his vehicle on a county road in Cedar County.

In Boone, a 15-year-old driver was involved in a collision with a limo that left his grandparents dead. The young teen was unable to avoid an accident with the limo, and the impact of the crash instantly killed both of his grandparents. He was taken to the hospital, and later released.

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

Study finds link between auto accidents and underinflated tires

Tires that are underinflated by more than 25 percent are three times more likely to cause a car accident than cars with the proper tire pressure, according to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The study involved data from crashes that took place during the 2005-2007 period. This time frame was chosen because vehicles produced during that time were not required to have automatic tire pressure systems. The results showed that cars with insufficient tire pressure were involved in more accidents than those that were inflated correctly.

The tire pressure monitoring systems are only meant to alert drivers that their tire pressure is low. It is still important to perform monthly tire pressure checks on all vehicles, regardless of the year that they were manufactured. This simple test can prevent several tire problems from occurring and may even save lives.

It is important to know what to do after a car accident. If you have questions regarding a car accident that you were involved in, please contact the car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.


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