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.


Four Des Moines women die after semi collision

A semi truck was traveling on Jordan Creek Parkway when it neglected to yield at a traffic signal and hit a car leaving Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

There were four elderly women occupying the vehicle that was hit. Two of the women died on impact and the other two women later succumbed to their injuries at a local hospital. The women had all been residents of a senior home called the Lodge of Ashworth.

The car was moved more than 75 feet from the point of impact in the car accident.

The driver of the semi sustained no serious injuries. Charges have yet to be filed in the case.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families and friends during this difficult time.

Fatal Car Accident in Pottawattamie County

A woman was killed in an Iowa car accident Tuesday morning.

According to officials with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department, the fatal accident occurred shortly after 6:00 a.m. near Champion Lane, less than a half mile north of Highway 92 in  rural Pottawattamie County. Police say 21 year-old Griswold resident Kayleen Amos was killed in the car accident.

According to the sheriff’s department accident report, Amos was traveling north on Contrail Avenue in a 2002 Ford F250 pickup truck when she lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. The pickup truck left the roadway, entered the west ditch, and rolled, eventually coming to rest on its top.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Matthai said Amos was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to Matthai.

The accident remains under investigation.


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.

One Injured in Iowa Car Accident

One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident in Carroll, Tuesday night.

According to officials with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred on Highway 71, about a tenth of a mile south of 250th street in Carroll County. Deputies say 48 year-old Michael Ross, of Grand Junction, was traveling north on Highway 71 in a 2008 Mack Truck and tractor when he was rear-ended by a 2005 Ford Taurus driven by 18 year-old Cody Wills, of Carroll.

Deputies say 19 year-old Katie Schuler was injured in the accident. The nature and extent of her injuries was not immediately known. Two other passengers in Wills’ vehicle, 19 year-old James Martens and 26 year-old Alvin Evans were not harmed.

The Taurus sustained an estimated $3,500 in damage. The Mack Truck sustained an estimated $200 in damage.

The Sheriff’s Office reports the highway was 30 to 40 percent covered with snow at the time of the accident.

If you have been injured in an Iowa car accident, please contact an Iowa car accident lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.

Iowa bus accident injures students, driver

A school bus was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Monday, January 10, leaving the bus driver and four elementary school students injured.

The accident occurred when an SUV driven by 30-year-old Shawna Beitz crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 38 and struck the school bus.

The driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, while 4 students were treated and released for minor injuries.

The cause of the accident has not yet been released.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your accident-related costs. To learn more about your legal options, contact the Iowa bus accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today by calling 877-327-2600.

1 Injured in Davenport Train-Car Collison

An elderly man was injured on New Year’s Eve when his vehicle collided with a train at a train crossing intersection.

The accident occurred in Davenport, Iowa on Perry Street. The train pulled the car about 40 feet from the site of the crash along the tracks before it came to a stop. While the passenger side of the vehicle was heavily damaged, the driver’s side was left relatively unharmed and the driver sustained minor injuries. He was taken to Genesis Medical Center in Davenport for treatment.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile or train accident, we are prepared to represent your case. Contact the Iowa motor vehicle accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options for pursuing compensation.

Pedestrian accident leaves 57-year-old Naperville man dead

Iowa authorities report that a 57-year-old Naperville man was killed in a pedestrian accident on Sunday.

The incident took place around 4:40 PM on Interstate 80 in Scott County in eastern Iowa. Police say that the man tried to cross the interstate and was struck by a semitrailer.

The 57-year-old man died instantly, and the truck driver was not injured.

Police are stil investigating the death and no charges have yet been filed.

26-year-old woman killed in crash

Cedar Falls police report that a 26-year-old woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash last Saturday morning.

The incident occurred Saturday morning as the 25-year-old driver of the truck that the 26-year-old woman was riding as a passenger in lost control of the vehicle. The truck they were in then ran off the road and slammed into a retaining wall before hitting a parked car.

The woman was killed immediately, while the 25-year-old man was taken to a local hospital.

Elderly man killed in pedestrian accident

Des Moines police report that a 91-year-old man was struck and killed by a dump truck near the downtown area Monday morning around 8 AM.

The pedestrian-vehicle accident took place when the man was attempting to cross the road in his motorized wheelchair. According to the dump truck driver, he was making a right turn at the same time and struck the man, who he says he did not see.

Police are still investigating but no charges have been filed.

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