Iowa sees increase in fatal crashes

Officials in the state of Iowa have said that the number of fatal accidents have increased this year and are attributing this to the change in the weather.

“This year has been different because we had a storm and then we don’t have snow for a month or two so they go back to their original driving conditions and they we get another storm and that when we see a lot of collisions because they don’t become adjusted for three months, You have a break in between,” said Sgt. Scott Bright with the Iowa State Patrol.

Officials have stated that many drivers are not realizing the danger in just a light layer of snow on the roadway. Officials have said that the second cause in an increase has been attributed to distracted driving.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, you need representation on your side during this difficult time. Contact the Iowa automobile accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.



Iowa man injured after crashing into semitrailer

On Saturday,  Ryan J. Siebenbrodt, 30, of Des Moines crashed into an empty semitrailer driven by Walter J. Seilheimer, 66, of Sandwich, IL.

Siebenbrodt was driving a Chevrolet Impala which collided with the semi near Main Street and County Line Road in Kane County.  According to police, Siebenbrodt had to be cut from his car and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.  Seilheimer was unharmed.

The incident is still under investigation.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.



Iowa Car Accidents: Fatal Crash Near Alden

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

The deceased was identified as 17 year-old Victoria Westfall. She was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City where she was pronounced dead.

The injured victim, 57 year-old Marlo White, was transported by ambulance to Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls. She is listed in fair condition.

According to officials with the Iowa State Patrol, the accident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Hardin Street and C Avenue about five miles northwest of Alden. Police say Westfall was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on Hardin Street while White was traveling southbound on C Avenue in a Silverado pickup truck. Both vehicles entered the uncontrolled intersection and collided.

The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.



Two killed in single-vehicle crash

The Iowa State Patrol reports that a one-car crash last weekend left two Williams residents dead.

The crash occurred early Saturday morning in Franklin County near Dows. A 40-year-old man lost control of his 1992 Mazda as he was traveling eastbound on Balsam Avenue. He crashed into a roadside creek.

The 40-year-old man and his 14-year-old passenger were killed in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.



Texting and Driving Banned in Iowa

Texting and driving is officially banned in Iowa as of July 1st. It will be considered a secondary offense, though, so police cannot pull you over solely for the act of texting. The state is also giving drivers a chance to get used to the ban. For the first year, officers will be issuing warnings. After that, according to KELO-TV, officers will decide how to proceed on a case-by-case basis.

KELO-TV reports that, Sioux County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jason Bergsma says, “The number of complaints about erratic driving has gone up just as texting has become more popular.” He hopes that this ban will help the number of those complaints go back down.

Texting and driving can cause serious accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call an experienced Iowa automobile accident lawyer at 877-327-2600.



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