Motorcyclist facing charges for involvement in fatal accident

Charges were recently filed against a motorcyclist in Des Moines because police suspect he could be liable for a motorcycle accident that resulted in a fatality, an article of Radio Iowa reported on December 13.

According to reports, police apprehended a man on December 12 identified as a 22-year-old Johnston resident. They believe this man was a contributing factor in an October 22 motorcycle accident in Des Moines. Police told reports that the person they arrested was likely racing with another motorcycle rider, identified as a 22-year-old man from Des Moines. The Des Moines man died as a result of his injuries as he was not wearing a helmet when his speeding motorcycle slammed into a sports utility vehicle (SUV).

Investigators later revealed the two motorcyclists were riding side by side moments before the accident happened. The Johnston motorcyclist was later charged with vehicular homicide by reckless driving and vehicular homicide by drag racing.



Fatalities reported in Walmart store crash

At least two Walmart employees and a shopper succumbed to injuries after a vehicle rammed through the store’s facade in the southeast portion of Iowa, a December 2 article of CBS News reported.

On December 1, a 66-year-old driver struck the glass facade of a Walmart store in Pella. The vehicle reportedly got inside the store’s grocery area and came to a halt after crashing into a produce display. Witnesses told reports that the vehicle was traveling at an excessive rate of speed when the accident happened. Two Walmart employees, identified as a 29-year-old and a 31-year-old, and a 76-year-old shopper were killed.

The vehicle driver involved and another shopper were both injured in the incident. Responding authorities told reports that it would take them time to determine the factors in the crash because they are still waiting for the driver’s toxicology report. As of reporting, charges have not been filed against the driver, but an officer said that anything could happen.



Ames terminates bus driver involved in fatal accident

The bus driver who fatally struck a female university student last December was recently terminated by the City of Ames, an article of Omaha World-Herald reported on November 26.

According to a legal counsel representing Ames City, they terminated the 24-year-old bus driver on November 22 who had failed to inform authorities that he struck an ISU student. The driver who was then an employee of CyRide was only terminated several months after the incident, and during that time, he had received salary amounting to $28,533. Reports also revealed that the driver was put into jail for 30 days after pleading guilty for not reporting an accident. The driver has been considered to be working for the City of Ames as his employer, CyRide, is funded by the city.



Mazda vehicles that may catch fire recalled in the US

Japanese auto manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation recently issued a recall to thousands of their vehicles in the U.S. to replace a component that could cause a fuel leak and lead to fire, a November 15 article of Reuters reported.

Information coming from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that the recall covers 70,000 previous models of RX-8 sports cars equipped with substandard sealing rings in the fuel pump. Federal highway safety regulators explained that the vehicles are likely to catch fire if fuel leaks from the deteriorated pump sealing rings. The automaker and federal authorities have not received any incidents of personal injuries or accidents involving the recalled vehicles. Mazda is expected to notify owners of recalled vehicles for the free pump sealing ring replacement in the vehicles.

The Iowa legal team of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., believes that many of the accidents in America are caused by defective vehicles. If you think this happens to you, we may help you figure out if negligent parties are liable and if you deserve to get compensations for recovery. Call us today at (877) 327-2600 to schedule a consultation.



NHTSA: Automakers need to fix Takata airbag issue

Takata is to blame for the faulty airbags used in millions of vehicles. Even so, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently said it is the “ultimate responsibility” of automakers to take the steps necessary to fix their vehicles, a November 3 article of Fortune stated.

On November 2, the head of the NHTSA said automakers might not be working properly to fix all of their vehicles that may still be using Takata airbags. Honda is currently the automaker with the most vehicles in need of a fix. Honda, on the other hand, said they are reaching out to owners of older vehicles that have potentially hazardous airbags. The Japanese airbag manufacturer was pressured by the NHTSA to issue a recall after confirming their airbags could explode during accidents and cause serious injuries to vehicle occupants.

Suffering injuries after using hazardous vehicles often results in a terrible financial loss. However, the legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can work for you. Call our office today at 877-327-2600 to find out how we can help you recover from your loss.



1 dead in 2 separate semi-truck collisions in Iowa

State authorities in Iowa recently responded to two separate incidents involving vehicular collisions and a fatality that happened in the same place and on the same day, an article of KCRG reported on November 2.

Information coming from the Iowa State Patrol revealed the two accidents took place on October 31 along Interstate 380. The first collision happened around 1:00 p.m. and involved a semi-truck and a minivan. The semi struck the minivan from behind. Both vehicles came to a stop on the grassy median lane. Authorities confirmed the minivan driver was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

Around 2:45 p.m. on the same day, another collision between two vehicles happened not far from the first accident scene. Responders reported that the second accident was also a rear-end collision. One of the two drivers were transported to a nearby hospital due to injuries sustained that were not life-threatening. Authorities are still investigating the two incidents.



4 inmates in Iowa hurt in truck accident

Four inmates inside a jail transport vehicle suffered injuries after the vehicle they were riding in collided with a truck in Des Moines, an October 26 report of KCCI 8 stated.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, police were notified that a county jail transport van had a collision with a truck at 1985 NE 51st Place near the Polk County Jail at 2:30 p.m. The collision reportedly happened as the jail van containing 11 people, including nine inmates, was about to enter the jail facility while the truck pulled out of the jail premises. Four inmates were brought to a nearby hospital due to minor injuries they sustained. Rescue and fire crews from other departments and state patrol personnel also provided assistance to local authorities after the incident. Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the crash.

The Iowa personal injury attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., represent people who are injured in vehicular collisions. We strongly believe that crash victims should receive fair compensation so they achieve a fast recovery. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (877) 327-2600.



Two motorcycle riders injured in Iowa accident

A Sioux City Journal reported a car accident on October 2nd in Le Mars, Iowa, in which two motorcyclists were injured.

Around 3:00 p.m, two motorcycles were heading southbound on Highway 75. One of the two motorcycles made an abrupt stop, causing the other motorcycle to crash into it. a motorcycle struck the rear portion of another motorcycle in the southbound lane of Highway 75. The driver who stopped suddenly sustained minor injuries, but the other driver was thrown from his vehicle and was transported to Mercy Medical Center with head injuries.

Motorcycle injuries can result in significant damages, both physically and financially, and you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a motorcycle accident attorney at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling  877-327-2600 to set up a consultation.



Driver facing 12 years behind bars for injuring woman in Iowa DUI crash

A driver with previous DUI offenses in Iowa is facing a 12-year prison sentence after causing an accident that left a female driver disabled, an article of WQAD 8 reported on October 19.

In a court hearing, the woman, who is in a wheelchair, recounted the details of what happened when the defendant from Quad City struck her vehicle last year. The collision reportedly occurred after the defendant went into the wrong lane in Moline. The plaintiff said she was angry about what happened to her because she needs to depend on other people to function now. Aside from the multiple physical injuries she sustained, reports revealed that the woman is about to lose her health insurance because she lost her job. She has already spent $500,000 for treatment. The defendant expressed his apology to the victim.

All too often, drunk driving accident victims are left with incapacitating injuries and great financial burdens. An Iowa auto accident lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. may be able to work for you. Call our offices today at (877) 327-2600 to find out how we may be able to help you recover from your loss.



Ducati motorcycles that may suddenly stall recalled

Thousands of motorcycles manufactured by Ducati are covered by a recall in the U.S. due to an issue that could cause the motorcycle to stall while in use, an October 7 article of Motorcycle.com stated.

According to reports, at least 1,433 new models of “XDiavel” motorcycles have a retaining nut in the final drive pulley that is not properly installed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration learned the problem could result in power loss in the motorcycle’s rear wheel. Ducati and the NHTSA were informed of 13 complaints in July and in August before issuing the recall. Ducati will address the problem by replacing the nuts and installing them with proper tightness.

When motorcycles malfunction during operation, riders are at high risk of sustaining injuries that could leave them permanently disabled. However, if this happens to you, a lawyer may be able to help you obtain the financial assistance you need to sustain your living by pursuing damage claims against negligent parties. Speak with an attorney of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., in Iowa today by calling (877) 327-2600 to learn more about your legal options.



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