The facts about distracted driving

Distracted driving causes thousands of fatalities each year in the United States, and can be caused by several activities that make a driver lose focus of the primary task at hand, driving.

The U.S. Department of Transportation declared April as National Distracted Driving Month. Different activities that are classified as distractions can include: texting on a cellphone, talking on a cellphone, dealing with the radio, talking to people inside the same vehicle, and eating while driving.

These distractions can lead to fatal car accidents. In 2009, distracted drivers accounted for 5,474 fatalities and 448,000 injuries nationwide. That same year, 20 percent of all car accidents were caused by distracted driving, and 16 percent of those accidents included a fatality.

If you have been injured in a car accident due to a distracted driver, please contact the Iowa reckless driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.



Man killed in high speed police chase

Jonathan Bindel, 18, of Jefferson, was killed on Tuesday night after crashing into a police pickup truck in a high-speed chase in West Central Iowa.

Police began chasing Bindel’s car on the westbound Highway 30 after he was found to be speeding and driving erratically. The chase ended with Bindel crashing into an eastbound police pickup truck driven by Officer Heath Enns. Enns was not injured.

Miranda Parris, 20, of Jefferson, rode in the passenger’s seat of Bindel’s car, and was sent to Greene County Medical Center for injuries.

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



Woman pleads guilty in reckless driving case

A woman has plead guilty to charges associated with an accident that occurred on May 31 in Waterloo.

The incident occurred when the woman’s car allegedly went over a curb and struck a baby stroller. Police have said that the 22-year-old woman was in a physical altercation with a group of people when she got into her car and drove toward them.

She allegedly drove up the curb multiple times and then left the scene after she hit the baby stroller. The child was taken to the hospital for observation, but did not receive serious injury. She has plead guilty to going armed with intent, leave the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license.



Young boy victim of a hit-and-run

Late last week, a 9 year-old Marshalltown boy was hit by a car as he tried to cross the street.

The boy suffers from a fractured leg, hip, and shoulder and has been in the children’s hospital for the past four days. He is expected to make a full recovery and is said to be in good condition.

Witnesses report seeing a dark SUV leaving the scene but has no other leads. The accident is still under investigation.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a pedestrian hit-and-run accident, contact the car accident lawyers Iowa of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.



Driver charged with vehicular manslaughter after crash

The driver involved in a crash that killed a Cedar Rapids teenager has had criminal charges filed against him.

The 17-year-old driver was charged with two-counts of vehicular homicide after the fatal crash that occurred on Nov. 8. One count alleges that the teen unintentionally killed the teen by driving under the influence and the other count states that he caused the fatal accident by driving recklessly.

A hearing for the teen was scheduled for Dec.9, but information about this was not released. Also, few details about what factors lead to the crash have been discovered.

Driving recklessly can not put you in harm’s way, but also others on the roadway. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim during this difficult time.



Two injured after their car slams into Lowe's delivery truck

Two people were injured Monday night after their vehicle collided with a Lowe’s truck at a BP gas station in Davenport.

Witnesses to the accident said that the car was swerving to avoid a stopped car in front of them when the went into a ditch and then across a parking lot before colliding with a Lowe’s truck.

The driver of this vehicle and the man in the Lowe’s delivery truck were both transported to the hospital in order to be treated for their injuries. The investigation into the accident is currently underway and the condition of the two people as of now is unknown.

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



Texting while driving banned in Iowa

Starting July 1, texting while driving is now against the law. Although the law has gone into effect, drivers will have a year before fines will be given to people who are caught texting while driving.

After the year period, there will be a $30 fine for people who are found breaking the law. This law bans anyone under 18 to use any electronic device while driving, including IPods and any cell phone use. Adults may talk on the phone, but texting is not allowed.

Also, a person can not be pulled over for texting, it must be a secondary reason. If a person is pulled over for speeding or another driving infraction,and if the police officer can prove that he or she was texting, a citation can be given.

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



Iowa fugitive leads police on two hour chase

A 33-year-old male fugitive led police on a two hour chase but is now in custody and facing more charges. A warrant was put on the man’s arrest on June 14 for burglary.

The man went to a person’s house and police received a tip that he was there. Police arrived at the house and the man ran through trees to a vehicle, the office then called for additional police officers to back him up.

The fugitive drove around until eventually getting back on foot and hiding from police. Officials found him lying in grass. The man is now facing additional charges of reckless driving and, interference with official acts and operating an ATV on a highway.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of someone else’s reckless driving, contact the Iowa reckless driving accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.



Reckless driver has record of traffic violations

The 46-year-old Norwalk man responsible for the reckless driving crash last Thursday that killed two children and left their mother and another child in critical condition has an extensive record of previous traffic accidents, according to court documents.

Police records show the man has been charged more than a dozen times. Previous charges include speeding, reckless driving, failure to maintain control, and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

The man was driving his pickup truck in Ankeny when he failed to stop at a stop sign, smashing into an oncoming minivan carrying a woman and her three children.

Two of the children, aged 5 years old and 5 months old, died in hospital care. The mother and remaining 3-year-old child remain in intensive care.

The 46-year-old man was treated for non-life threatening injuries.



Iowa ranks near bottom in teen driving safety

Iowa ranked 49th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in a recent U.S. News & World Report investigation of national teen driving safety.

The rankings were determined using a number of variables, five of which were based on driver’s license, car accident fatality, and road-quality statistics gathered by the federal government and six of which were based on ratings of driving and road safety laws compiled by two independent organizations.

“A lot of the criteria has to do with graduated driving licensing,” said a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Transportation, Dena M. Gray-Fisher.

The graduated driver’s license (GDL) law, which Iowa passed in 1999, requires supervision and training hours for young drivers. Restrictions are gradually lifted on when and with whom they may drive as they become more skilled drivers.

While teens and young adults in Iowa represent only 17 percent of drivers, over 40 percent of crashes involve them.

“Iowa has had a tendency to have relatively weak teen driving policy,” said Corinne Peek-Asa, director of the University of Iowa’s Injury Prevention Research Center.

Gov. Chet Culver signed into law a bill April 28 that makes it required for those under the age of 17 in the back seat to wear a seat belt, and on July 1, a ban on teenage cell phone use while driving will go into effect.

Some teen drivers are responsible and mature. Many others are not, either due to technological distractions (phones), bad decisions (drinking and driving), or a physiological inclination to incorrectly assess threats. If you or someone you know has been injured by a reckless teen driver, contact the Iowa reckless driving accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



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