Rise in Iowa highway deaths associated with increased speed limit

In 2005, the state of Iowa raised the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph for rural highways, and this increase is believed to have caused a rise in the state’s highway deaths.

Since the change in speed was approved, traffic-related fatalities on highways in Iowa increased by 10 percent. The Department of Transportation reveals that between 2005 and 2011, 250 fatalities occurred on the rural highway system in Iowa. During the six years prior to the speed limit change, there were 227 deaths recorded on those same highways.

These traffic deaths are largely associated with drivers losing control of their vehicles, or traveling at excessive speeds on difficult road conditions. Both of those concerns can be tied to the speed limit.

If a reckless driver has caused you to suffer injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Please contact the reckless driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Water Works Park car accident claims 1 life, injures another

Monday morning in Water Works Park, a single-vehicle accident claimed the life of one man, and injured another.

Des Moines police responded to an accident report around 7 a.m. on Monday, and found a vehicle near the north entrance to the Water Works Park, partly submerged in the water. Police pronounced a 23-year-old man dead at the scene, and a 28-year-old Des Moines man was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

According to police, the car accident had no witnesses, but it seemed as if the driver had lost control of his vehicle while attempting to turn on a road near the park. The vehicle collided with a cement structure, causing it to plummet into the water.

Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.



I-235 collision sends 2 to hospital

On the westbound side of I-235, a driver operating a PT-Cruiser struck the side of a Nissan Maxima near exit 4 on the highway. The driver of the PT-Cruiser did not stop after the contact was made, and continued on the highway.

The Nissan Maxima then collided with a pickup truck in the middle of I-235. That crash caused two people to suffer minor injuries, and for the passenger of the pickup truck to need assistance exiting the vehicle.

The driver of the Maxima was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol, and was taken into custody. Police are still searching for the initial vehicle that caused the three-way crash.

If you have been injured in a multiple-vehicle car accident, please contact the car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Low tire pressure causes car accidents, according to study

It is important to know the signs of tire damage and wear, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A recent study released by the NHTSA shows that low tire pressure is connected to an increased risk of car accidents.

Data was collected from car accidents that took place between 2005 and 2007, before automatic tire pressure systems were required in motor vehicles. This data showed that car accidents were three times more likely to occur if a vehicle’s tires were underinflated by more than 25 percent.

Although the tire pressure systems that are in newer car models are designed to alert a driver when his or her tire pressure is low, they are not meant to replace monthly manual tire pressure checks. The NHTSA recommends checking tire pressure each month to maintain accuracy and prevent accidents.

Please contact the car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600 if you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident due to tire defects.



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