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.



Drunk driver crashes into Des Moines restaurant

On Saturday morning, a 31-year-old Des Moines man was arrested after he drove his motor vehicle into a downtown restaurant.

The man struck the Quizno’s restaurant at 319 Seventh Street in Des Moines. When police arrived on the scene, they noticed that the man smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes.

He was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failing to maintain control of his vehicle. He participated in a breath test, and he blew a 0.141. The legal blood alcohol limit in Iowa is 0.08.

Make sure you are aware of what to do if you see a drunk driver on the roadway. Please contact the drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 if you or someone you know has been injured in an accident due to a drunk driver.



Iowa police officer injured in crash, released from rehabilitation center

The Des Moines police officer that was injured after being struck by a car while directing traffic for the Iowa State Fair has now been released from a rehabilitation center in Chicago in order to return home.

The accident occurred on Aug. 19 when a pickup truck struck the man just outside of the fairgrounds causing him to be thrown 47 feet. The pickup truck driver was allegedly driving under the influence and was charged with operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, and serious injury caused by a vehicle.

He remains in a Polk County Jail on a $52,000 bond. The officer was in critical condition for many weeks after the accident and it was feared that he would not survive. After his condition began to improve, he was transferred from Des Moines to Chicago and has since been released from the facility.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, your life can be turned upside down. This is why you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Iowa drunk driving lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.



Iowa plans to step up drunk driving enforcement during Labor Day holiday

Police agencies across the state of Iowa are going to be cracking down on drunk  driving during the Labor Day holiday.

The campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” began last Thursday and will run through Labor Day weekend. Officers will have the most patrols out on nights and weekends because this is the most common times that people are driving impaired.

In 2009, there were 371 fatal crashes in Iowa and 96 of them were alcohol-related. A high percentage of motorists are between the age group 21-24. During this time last year when similar enforcement was done, there were seven fatal crashes and two of them involved drunk drivers.

If you or a loved one has been injured after being involved in a drunk driving accident, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Iowa drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.



Teachers union leader serving jail time after DUI

The head of the Iowa State Education Association is serving a three-day jail sentence after being convicted of a DUI charge.

According to the Des Moines Register,  the man is serving the sentence for a drunken driving arrest that occurred on Dec. 17. The man was elected president of the union in 2008 and released a statement that he felt bad about his actions and will work extremely hard to “regain the trust of the union’s 33,000 members.”

Drunken driving can cause serious injury to anyone on the roadway. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Iowa drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Man charged with 6th OWI

A 40-year-old man has been charged with his sixth drunken driving charge with the most recent coming from an incident in Fond Du Lac County.

The man was currently released from jail after posting a $1,000 bond. The most recent arrest was done after a phone call was made about the driver of an SUV swerving all over the roadway on southbound Highway 41.

A trooper then located the vehicle and pulled the man over. A blood sample was taken from the man to determine what his blood alcohol level was. His preliminary hearing will be on January 6.

If you or a loved one has been injured after a collision with a drunken driver, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Iowa drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Man arrested for drunken driving after running car into house

One man was injured and another man was arrested after a man drove a car into a home around 3 a.m. in Davenport.

A 26-year-old man was driving a BMW when he failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection an crashed into a home. The car went through the wall and nearly ended up in the basement.

The passenger in his vehicle was treated for non-life threatening injuries and was later released. The driver was charged with drunk driving, failure to control the vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident. No one was inside the home when the accident occurred and it took two tow trucks to remove the car from the home.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, contact the Iowa drunk driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Woman pleads guilty in drunk driving case

A woman has plead guilty to a drunk driving charge after the death of an East Moline mother.

The 44-year-old woman was in tears as she admitted in front of a jury that she was driving intoxicated when she crossed the center line of U.S. 67. After crossing the center, she struck a car and killed a 39-year-old woman inside. She plead guilty to homicide by vehicle operating while intoxicated.

The mother who was killed had a 21-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter, who is now living with an aunt. The woman plead guilty because she knew it was the right thing to do, sources close to her say that she feels horrible about what happened.

Drunk driving accidents not only put the driver in danger, but everyone else on the road. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim.



Guilty plea reached in drunk boating case

The boat driver accused of drunk driving in a boating accident in 2009 that killed his friend pleaded guilty this Wednesday to operating a boat while intoxicated causing death. He will serve two years in prison.

The incident occurred on June 27, 2009, on the Missouri River near the Port Neal Industrial complex in rural Salix, Iowa.

Both men were heading back home after a day of drifting southbound on the river when the driver stopped to avoid a large wave. His friend, who was bent over the rail, was thrown overboard. He was submerged in the wave and died.

The guilty plea was part of a deal wherein prosecutors dropped additional charges against the man.

The incident was an unfortunate and tragic accident, but the driver did not deserve prison time for it, the killed man’s mother said.



Drunk driver crashes car into river

Linn County Sheriff’s deputies report that early Wednesday morning they found a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix crashed into the river at the 3500 block of Ellis Road in Cedar Rapids.

Police arrived on the scene around 1 a.m. to find the car abandoned. They were able to determine the owner’s identity from the vehicle registration and locate the 23-year-old driver and her 23-year-old friend nearby, intoxicated in public.

According to the women, they were in the car when the driver lost control of the vehicle, sending it careening off of the road. The car rolled over and slid down an embankment into the river.

While police were unable to determine who was driving, since both women were drunk it is clearly a case of drunk driving.

Luckily, neither of the women were injured in the accident. This is not always the case when it comes to drunken drivers. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a drunk driver, contact the Iowa drunk driving accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.



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