Iowa State Patrol reports 97 crashes over Fourth of July weekend

The Iowa State Patrol reported that there were 97 traffic accidents during the Fourth of July weekend in the state this year, according to an article of KCCI Des Moines.

Police authorities said 41 of the 97 crashes from the weekend involved injuries. The Iowa State Patrol added that their officers performed around 241 motorist assists in total during the event. This year, approximately 186 fatal accidents have occurred, which is significantly higher than the five-year crash average of 147 by this time of the year. Data showed there were 128 fatal vehicular accidents in 2015, 127 in 2014, 134 in 2013, and 176 in 2012.

At LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we can help you recover financial compensation from the people or parties responsible for your personal injury accident in Des Moines. Our knowledgeable team can provide you with the experienced legal counsel necessary to ensure that your interests are protected and your case is handled professionally. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about what we can do for you.


One dead, one hurt in Des Moines single-vehicle crash

The Des Moines Police Department has reported that one man has lost his life while another sustained injuries during a single-vehicle accident that occurred at around 2:40 a.m. last Sunday, July 3.

The passenger, a 23-year-old man from Des Moines, was declared dead at the scene of the accident while the vehicle’s driver, a 24-year-old man from Cedar Rapids had to be confined in a hospital for the treatment of his critical injuries.

According to preliminary investigations, the vehicle struck a traffic signal pole after the driver lost control of the vehicle at an intersection just north of downtown Des Moines. Bystanders pulled the two men out of the vehicle before it erupted into flames.

The thoughts of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. go out to both victims’ families.


Five vehicles involved and 32 people injured in I-80 crash

An Iowa Department of Public Safety spokesman said on May 9 that charges will be soon meted out to those responsible for a five-vehicle crash that occurred on May 8, the Des Moines Register reported.

The accident, which occurred along Interstate 80, resulted in the injuries of 32 people, two of whom were critically wounded. According to a crash report issued by the Iowa State Patrol on Saturday, the accident had involved a minimum of at least five vehicles.

According to preliminary investigations, the crash started when a semi-truck crashed into the rear of another car in the westbound lane near Williamsburg at around 4:15 p.m.

The Des Moines attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., are dedicated to representing those who have been injured in car accidents through no fault of their own. Learn more about pursuing financial compensation to cover damages from those responsible by calling our offices at (515) 225-2600 today.


Six vehicles involved in fatal Cerro Gordo accident

A six-vehicle accident that occurred at around 11:30 a.m. on February 25 resulted in the death of one North Iowa woman, KIMT reported.

Recent updates to the story included a complicated police deduction of the spiraling events. The vehicles involved were traveling eastbound near mile marker 193. Police were merging traffic to the left lanes due to a previous accident. The blue semi-truck followed a vehicle in merging, but the truck driver was unable to slow at the same rate and hit the car in front of him. After a series of smaller collisions, a second semi-truck, the red Kenworth, hit the fatal victim‘s car twice.

According to preliminary investigations, the vehicles that were involved in the crash were identified as a Dodge Grand Caravan, a blue Peterbilt semi pulling a tanker, a red Kenworth semi, a Chrysler Town & Country, a Nissan Altima, and a Chevrolet pickup.

Police authorities are continuing to investigate this tragic accident.


Head-on collision killed five in northwest Iowa

A head-on collision in northwest Iowa on November 22 claimed the lives of five individuals and brought critical injuries to three other people, The Des Moines Register reported.

The victims were identified as 70-year-old Des Moines resident Myrna Malone, 80-year-old Ute local Donna Tim, and from the other vehicle, 60-year-old Bahta Gebremedhen, 34-year-old Yohanes Tesfamariam, and 46-year-old Kibrom Gebremicael, all from Sioux City.

According to preliminary investigations, 70-year-old Des Moines resident Larry Malone, who was the driver of the vehicle Myrna Malone rode in, was headed west on Iowa Highway 141 in Sloan, an Iowa State Patrol report showed. At the same time, 53-year-old Sioux City resident Shishay Gidey’s vehicle was headed east on Iowa Highway 141 when it swerved into the northbound lane, over-corrected, and then found itself in the eastbound lane. It was afterwards struck head-on by Malone’s car.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., extend their deepest condolences to the friends and family of everyone involved and wish for the quick recovery of those injured.


Ambulance accident in Des Moines kills one

Sixty-six-year-old Pleasant Hill, Iowa resident Stanley Paulson was killed after the pickup truck he was driving collided with an ambulance in downtown Des Moines on the Saturday night of November 1, the Des Moines Register reported.

Paulson succumbed to his injuries at the Mercy Hospital on November 3, according to a police spokesperson.

Des Moines police spokesman Sergeant Jason Halifax said charges may be filed against the driver of the ambulance after they have completed their investigation of the incident. He noted the difficulty of placing blame in this situation, as ambulance drivers still must drive safely according to traffic, although drivers are supposed to yield to the emergency vehicles.

According to preliminary investigations, the ambulance was heading south while the pickup truck was traveling west when the crash occurred. The impact caused the pickup truck to overturn, and the ambulance flipped onto its side.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., hold the family and friends in their thoughts during this difficult time.


Seven-vehicle pileup in eastern Iowa injures two people

According to reports, on Wednesday, July 23 shortly before 7 a.m. a car was seen driving north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 380 in eastern Iowa. This vehicle eventually caused a seven-vehicle pileup near Diagonal Drive that injured two people.

Police said that the driver who caused the seven-vehicle crash was in his 70’s. Police investigations are underway to determine whether or not the elderly driver was suffering from an emergency condition at the time of the accident.

After the accident, the elderly driver and another victim were transported to the hospital where their injuries were treated. Interstate 380’s right lane was opened to the public by 7:52 a.m. while the other lanes were opened at around 8:14 a.m.

Victims of personal injury accidents who suffer from physical, emotional, and financial trauma may be eligible to take legal action against the person responsible. If your accident happened in Des Moines or other areas in Iowa and you would like to file a complaint, get in touch with our attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today by dialing (515) 225-2600 today.


Charges elevated to vehicular homicide for Des Moines resident who hit and killed motorcyclist

21-year-old Des Moines, Iowa resident Jacob Phipps, who was initially taken into police custody on charges of operating while intoxicated (first offense), open container, serious injury by vehicle, and failure to maintain control, is now facing charges of vehicular homicide after 51-year-old Michael Harden, also a Des Moines local and the motorcyclist that Phipps hit with his vehicle, died on Tuesday, April 8.

The accident occurred between Phipps and Harden, who was riding a motorcycle, on East 30th Street and Dean Avenue on Saturday, March 29 at around 6:35 p.m. Harden was rushed to Mercy Medical Center to receive treatment for serious injuries, and passed away a little more than a week later. According to the police, Phipps had a blood alcohol level of .182% at the time of the crash, and they also reported that a bottle of vodka was found inside his vehicle.

Our thoughts go out to Harden’s friends and loved ones during this difficult time.


Two-vehicle accident in Des Moines results in one death

The Des Moines Police Department said icy road conditions may have contributed to a two-car collision on Tuesday, February 4.

According to reports, around 7:50 a.m. a westbound pickup on Highway 5 skidded across the median and hit another vehicle. The driver of the eastbound vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police did not make the identities of either driver public.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., extend our sincere condolences to those affected by this tragic accident.


Car accident in Ames kills one

The Ames Police Department reported that a two-vehicle, head-collision in the 1100 block of East 13th Street in Ames, Story County in Iowa at around 5:34 p.m. on Thursday, January 9 has resulted in the death of a single individual.

The other driver was reportedly rushed to the Mary Greeley Medical Center to treat his non-life-threatening injuries. The person who died due to the accident was also taken to the hospital, but passed while at the hospital.

According to the police, the accident occurred when an eastbound car veered off the roadway, struck the center line, and smashed into the Skunk River Bridge, thereafter immediately bouncing off to hit a car heading west.

It was the eastbound driver who was killed in the crash. Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims of this accident.


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