Drunk driving deaths spike in Iowa as license revocations fall

Reports in Mason City revealed that although there was an increase in fatal accidents caused by drivers who operated a vehicle while intoxicated last year, the number of licenses revoked in the same year actually decreased.

There were 123 deaths due to drunk driving recorded in 2015 compared to 110 deaths recorded in 2014. In contrast, approximately 14,000 licenses were revoked last year, a drop from the year before. The Mason City Crime Prevention Coordinator explained that there are people who are not good behind the wheel even if their blood alcohol level is lower than the legal limit of .08 percent. The Crime Prevention Coordinator advised that people should appoint a designated driver if they expect to drink even small amounts of alcohol.

Injuries that are inflicted by drunk drivers in car accidents are often serious, leaving many families devastated. If you were the victim of a drunk driving accident, working with a personal injury attorney could help you to receive the compensations you need for recovery. Call a lawyer of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to learn more about your options.



Iowa footballer facing OWI charge

A charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence (OWI) was recently filed against football player Omar Truitt after he was arrested by Iowa City police.

Information coming from police said Truitt was stopped at the intersection of Linn Street and Iowa Avenue at 12:38 a.m. on Sunday, February 14. The defensive back player was taken into custody and charged after authorities found that his blood alcohol content level was 0.091 percent. According to the Iowa director of sports information, Steve Roe, Truitt is expected to be subjected to the University of Iowa Student Life Code of Conduct; the athletic department is still working to collect all of the information involving the incident.

The lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have spent years helping victims of drunk drivers in Iowa recover compensation for the injuries and damages they suffered as a result of car accidents. If you have been harmed by a reckless driver, call our office today at (877) 327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



Two Iowa media anchors busted for DUIs

Two media personalities in Iowa were recently busted for driving under the influence (DUI), an article by the New York Daily News reported on June 10.

Report said WHO-TV news anchor Sonya Heitshusen was stopped by authorities in Des Moines on June 7. The 47-year-old award-winning reporter allegedly showed signs of drunk behavior and was arrested after refusing a field sobriety test. The day before, another WHO-TV anchor, Erik Wheater, was busted for drunk driving. Wheater was pulled over by police due to a missing front license plate. Police picked up on signs of drunkenness. Wheater later blew a blood-alcohol content of .125 percent, which is over the legal limit.

Though no one was reportedly injured in the two recent drunk driving arrests, the lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., understand that this is not always the case. Many people in Iowa suffer serious injuries in road accidents that were caused by drunk drivers. If this happened to you, we may advocate for you to win remunerations for medical treatment or other damages. Discuss your situation with us today by calling 877-327-2600.



Two Iowa bars face lawsuits for over-serving

Two businesses in Iowa that serve alcoholic drinks are facing lawsuits in connection to the motorcycle crash last year that left Kathlyn Leekley dead and seriously injured Derek Lee Martie, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reported on May 23.

According to the lawsuits filed by Leekley’s family and Martie last April, Heartland Acres Agribition Center and Bucketz Bar & Grill served pickup truck driver Bryan Cornwell, 22, until he was extremely drunk. Cornwell, who had an alcohol content of 0.214 an hour after the accident, reportedly crossed a median line on Dubuque Road and crashed into the motorcycle occupied by Martie and Leekley. Leekley was thrown from the motorcycle and died days later. Martie sustained life-threatening injuries and is permanently damaged from the incident. Appropriate charges were filed against Cornwell, who was given a 32-year sentence last March.

At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., our lawyers understand the emotional, physical and financial loss that families suffer when they lose a loved one to a drunk driving accident. If this has happened to someone you love, we may help you pursue damages and hold the responsible parties responsible. Tell us your situation today at 877-327-2600



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