Janesville train-car collision injures woman

A 41-year-old woman from Janesville, Iowa was seriously injured when the car she was driving collided with a train at a crossing north of Janesville on Friday, October 14.

According to a report from The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, the woman’s car was hit by a freight train owned by Montreal-based Canada National Railway Co. According to Bremer County Sheriff Dan Pickett, the crossing is barricaded by a yield sign. The woman was transported to a hospital in Waterloo and later on was moved to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City to receive medical attention for wounds that were considered serious but non-life-threatening.

Our attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., provide legal services to our clients in Des Moines and other areas in Iowa and handle a variety of cases involving personal injury such as car accidents and truck accidents, among others. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about your legal options.

Gymnast testifies in injury lawsuit

According to an article of KCCI, opening arguments for the trial in the case filed by a woman in Des Moines, Iowa who was hurt by a drunk driving accident are underway. The plaintiff is the aunt of an Olympic gymnast, and opening statements for her trial began last Tuesday, October 4.

The aunt is seeking $15 million in compensatory damages for injuries, which is equivalent to approximately $65/hour for the remainder of her lifespan. The gymnast, who is a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, testified in court, saying it was “really hard” to not see her aunt dance at her wedding six months ago. She added “My aunt was invincible…now she has to ask for help.”

Our personal injury lawyers at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are effective and competent litigators in the courtroom. You can entrust us with your personal injury accident case and feel safely assured that your case is in good hands. Call our Des Moines offices today at (515) 225-2600 to discuss your legal options.

High number of fatal vehicular accidents in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Transportation reported that as of Monday, October 3, there were approximately 282 deaths in the state this year from car accidents. That number is 37 higher than the number of fatalities recorded last year around the same time. This year marks the highest number of fatalities from vehicle accidents in the state in five years, the Iowa DoT said.

Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sergeant Nathan Ludwig said the force was assigned to investigate 125 of these cases this year, whereas last year they were tasked to investigate only 101. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is concerned about the increase in vehicular accident deaths. He made a vow in July to include the prevention of cyclist and motorcyclist deaths in his list of next year’s state legislative priorities.

Our attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., provide legal services for our clients in Des Moines and other areas of Iowa, handle personal injury accident cases such as wrongful death and car accidents, among others. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about your legal options.

Kellogg’s issues recall of Eggo Waffles

Battle Creek, Michigan-based multinational food company Kellogg Co. issued a recall on 10,000 cases of their Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles on Monday, September 19. The recall expresses concerns that the food products may contain listeria bacteria.

Kellogg’s tells consumers to check their Eggo Waffle box; if its expiration date says Nov. 21, 2017 or Nov. 22, 2017, the product may be included among those recalled. Calling 1-800-962-1413 can get you a refund on the product. Unfortunately, Kellogg’s has already encountered problems with its Eggo Waffles products. Specifically, the United States Food and Drug Administration has previously cited Kellogg’s for its unsafe practices regarding the production of Eggo Waffles.

Our highly respected attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. craft comprehensive legal strategies designed to win personal injury accident cases. We want to help clients earn the financial compensation they deserve. Call our offices in Des Moines at (515) 225-2600 to discuss your case and explore your legal options today.

Three critically injured in Pottawattamie County single vehicle accident

Iowa’s Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office recently reported a single vehicle accident, which occurred at 510th and Sumac Road in Walnut, at approximately 12:15 a.m. The accident happened on Thursday, September 15 and resulted in three people sustaining critical injuries.

According to preliminary investigations, a 20-year-old man from Atlantic was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck northbound on 510th Street when he lost control of his vehicle as he attempted to negotiate a curve at Sumac Road. The vehicle subsequently departed the roadway, ran into a ditch, and crashed into an embankment. The passengers, two 20-year-old men who also come from Atlantic, were ejected from the vehicle.

If you are seriously hurt during a motor vehicle accident in Des Moines or another area of Iowa, the attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help you obtain financial compensation from the people responsible for your personal injury accident. Call our offices today at (877) 327-2600 or (515) 225-2600 to discuss your case and legal options.

Des Moines three-vehicle accident hurts five

An 18-year-old man allegedly caused a three-vehicle accident at Southeast Sixth Street and Bell Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday, September 8 at around 3:15 p.m. The accident injured five people, including two children, and he was arrested hours after the crash.

The five people who were hurt were rushed to area hospitals via ambulance. According to Des Moines Police Department spokesman Sergeant Paul Parizek, the suspect was heading west on Bell Avenue at a high speed when his car crashed into a pickup truck, which was headed north on Southeast Six, causing the pickup to fly and eventually hit an SUV.

Parizek said police investigations determined that excessive speed was the cause of the three-vehicle accident. The Des Moines Fire Department responded to the scene of the accident, along with police officials.

Our personal injury lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., provide legal services to clients in Des Moines and other areas of Iowa and handle personal injury accident cases such as car, truck, and other motor vehicle accidents. Should you or a member of your family be so unfortunate as to get hurt in such an accident, do not hesitate to get in touch with us by calling our offices today at (515) 225-2600.

General Motors faces another case regarding defects

Earlier this year, General Motors Co., the Detroit-based automaker, successfully won two civil cases involving their defective ignition switches. However, on August 9th, GM came under fire again after a teenager charged with manslaughter claimed the auto accident was actually caused by the same defect.

Katie Ray, the teenager’s legal counsel, said in a statement to the jury, “This crash was not caused by a reckless 19-year-old but by a defect GM admits existed.”

Even after government involvement, a shareholder lawsuit, and nearly 1,800 civil claims, the matter concerning GM’s faulty ignition switches has not been put to rest. Hundreds of other civil cases still stand.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. provide dependable legal counsel to our personal injury clients in Des Moines or other areas in Iowa. Get in touch with one of our qualified legal representatives by calling our offices today at (515) 225-2600.

One man killed in vehicular accident in Webster County

A two-vehicular collision that occurred Saturday evening, August 20 at the intersection of Highway 169 and 300th Street in Webster County, Iowa resulted in the death of an individual.

According to an Iowa State Patrol crash report, the victim was identified as a 25-year-old West Des Moines man. He succumbed to his mortal injuries at the scene of the accident.

Police investigators said that a 24-year-old Gowrie resident was headed west on 300th Street when he failed to make a stop at the intersection, thus causing a collision with the vehicle of the victim, which was traveling south on Highway 169.

The 24-year-old man and his three passengers, all of whom were children, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to an area hospital to receive medical treatment. They were eventually released following the stabilization of their conditions.

Iowa State University and new company team up to build better football helmets

An Iowa State University student has teamed up with Cross Over, a new company started by two Iowa residents, a television producer and a financial adviser, two neighbors from Carroll.

The two are worried about the future of football if the safety of the sport is not improved. That’s why they started working on ideas and partnering with engineering students at ISU to design an effective and safe football helmet to prevent concussions. This movement came to fruition in June with the university’s new program, The Startup Factory. The Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa executive director said parents and athletic medical staff are increasingly worried because no one knows how many concussions one person can take. He noted that he “applauds anybody who tries to develop a better safety device.”

At the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., we handle each personal injury accident case with an individualized approach to ensure that our clients receive the best legal representation possible. Call our Des Moines offices today at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about your options.

Gilbert man receives reduced charge in hit-and-run case

A 23-year-old man from Gilbert made a guilty plea to the charge of failure to report an accident – a simple misdemeanor – last Monday, August 1. In doing so, he had his charge reduced from the original charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failure to obey a traffic control device. The charges are in relation to the December 2015 hit-and-run death of an 18-year-old Iowa State University student from Urbana.

The Assistant Story County Attorney said both the prosecution and defense panels are in agreement that they will recommend a sentence of 30 days in jail, a $100 fine, and 35% surcharge and court costs for the defendant.

LaMarca Law Group, P.C. is a leader in the Iowa legal community. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling personal injury accident cases such as car accidents, truck accidents, and other motor vehicle accidents. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to discuss your legal options.

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