Winter weather brings more injuries

This week, hospitals in Iowa have been admitting more patients with winter weather-related injuries.  Officials say the most common injury is related to slip-and-fall accidents from properties not cleaning up snow and slush.

At Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Children’s Emergency Center and Mercy Medical Center West Lakes, doctors saw 61 patients for injuries by noon on Tuesday.  15 of the injuries were from traffic accidents and one patient suffered an injury from a defective snow blower.  In addition, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Methodist West and Lutheran Hospital, 27 patients were treated for “snow storm-related” injuries before noon.

An official from Mercy Medical Center said the injuries mostly affected people’s backs, legs, shoulders, ankles and wrists.

If you or someone you love has been injured on another’s property in a slip-and-fall accident in Des Moines, contact the Des Moines premises liability attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about your rights.


Elderly man struck and killed in pedestrian accident

According to Des Moines police, a 91-year-old man was struck and killed by a dump truck near the downtown area Monday morning around 8 AM.

The pedestrian-vehicle accident occurred as the man was attempting to cross the road in his motorized wheelchair. According to the dump truck driver, he was making a right turn at the same time and struck the man, who he says he did not see.

Police are still investigating but no charges have been filed.


Police Identify Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash

Police have identified a man injured in a Des Moines motorcycle accident Thursday.

According to officials with the Des Moines Police Department, a 54 year-old man was found by a passerby shortly after 6:00 a.m. Thursday near the 1100 block of Southeast McKinley Avenue. Police Sergeant Chris Scott said the exact time of the motorcycle crash is still unknown, as is the cause of the accident. Investigators say the man may have swerved to avoid another vehicle, or possibly a deer. “There is a wooded area there,” Scott said.

The man was transported by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center for treatment following the crash. He is listed in serious condition.

Southeast McKinley was closed near the accident scene while investigators worked to recreate the crash.


Cooper Tire to appeal $32.8 million decision

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will appeal a court decision that awarded accident victims more than $32.8 million. According to court reports, the accident occurred in 2007 and involved a fatal minivan rollover.

After weeks of hearing testimony, the jury decided that Cooper tire was liable because the tire on the minivan was did not meet industry standards. The jury decision resulted in rewards to numerous victims and their families.

If you or anyone you know has been injured in a car accident due to a defect tire, contact the Iowa tire defect lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600.


Three people injured in Iowa airplane crash

Three people were injured in a plane accident Saturday. According to police reports, the aircraft accident occurred near Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids. 

The pilot and two passengers aborad the plane were taken to nearby University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. According to the aviation department,  the plane was trying to land at the airport. 

If you or anyone you know has been injured in an aircraft accident, contact the Iowa airplane accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600. 


Winter weather leads to a number of Iowa car accidents

Winter weather last week was responsible for a number of Iowa car accidents. According to police reports, at least three trucks and multiple cars lost control due to icy conditions.

While some of the vehicles were able to avoid hitting other cars, a number of them caused multi-vehicle accidents. In most cases, the damage was not severe, and the injuries were not significant.

If you or anyone you know was injured in a car accident due to icy conditions, contact the Des Moines car accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600.


Icy Conditions Cause Multiple Accidents in Des Moines

Iowa state troopers responded to numerous traffic-accidents on Monday, largely caused by icy conditions. Sources report that as of early Monday morning, nearly a half-dozen traffic accidents had been reported, some including injuries to drivers and passengers.

Authorities believe that motorists may have been driving too fast for the slick conditions on the roadway and may have been able to avoid the accidents had they been more cautious behind the wheel. It is important for drivers of all vehicle types to practice caution during inclement weather to protect themselves and others while driving.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Des Moines personal injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600 today.

 


Traffic lights with LED bulbs unable to melt snow

LED bulbs installed in some traffic lights is proving to be more hazardous than helpful. The bulbs were originally installed as an energy-saving solution for traffic lights.

However, the bulbs are not hot enough to melt snow on traffic lights. Because the snow will not melt, some traffic lights across the country have not been working probably and have been the cause for a number of crashes.

If you or anyone you know has been injured in a car accident due to a faulty traffic light, contact the Des Moines personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600.


Teenager seriuosly injured in two-vehicle accident

A teenager was seriously injured in a car accident Friday. According to police reports, the crash occurred on Highway 18 when another car hit the teenager’s vehicle.

When medical officials arrived to the scene, both of the cars were seriously damaged. The teenager was also life-flighted to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries.

If you or anyone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact the Des Moines car accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600.


Common airport traffic accidents

As the holidays approach, individuals and their families will likely be flying across the country to visit relatives. With the increase in airplane travel, there will likely be an increase in airport traffic car accidents.

Traffic airport car accidents are classified as those accidents that occur in and around airports. They are common for a number of reasons.

One, because many drivers are distracted either looking for parking spots or passengers, they are more likely to hit other cars or pedestrians. Also, because of the high frequency of loading and unloading, there is a greater amount of stop-and-go traffic, which inevitably leads to a greater number of accidents.

If you or anyone you know has been involved in an airport traffic accident, contact the Des Moines airport car accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 225-2600.


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