Infant seriously injured in car accident

A two month-old infant was seriously injured Wednesday morning in Marshalltown after the 25 year-old driver accidentally mistook the gas pedal for the brake pedal and drove into basement apartment.

The child was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines with serious injuries. There were five people inside of the apartment at the time of crash and they all sustained various injuries. They were transported by ambulance to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center.

According to the Marshalltown Police Department, the driver will not likely face criminal charges since the accident occurred on private property.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident, contact the auto accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at (515) 225-2600.


Ban on cellphone use proposed by NTSB

A total ban on all cell phone and other portable electronic use while driving was proposed early last week by the National Transportation Safety Board. The proposed restriction comes amid rising numbers of deadly car accidents caused by drivers distracted by their phones.

The NTSB in the past proposed a ban on cell phones for commercial truck and bus drivers, but this law would restrict the use to all drivers and include talking, texting, and emailing.

A fatal accident that occurred last year in Missouri was a major point in pushing the board to suggest the nationwide ban. A teenager sent 11 text messages in the final 11 minutes leading up to the multi-car pileup that killed him and another teen.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a reckless driver, contact the Des Moines auto accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.


Iowa teen causes deadly car crash

A 16 year-old boy is dead and two others injured after an Iowa teen struck a vehicle while attempting to run from police. The 18 year-old driver plead guilty this week to one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of serious injury by vehicle. Vehicular homicide could put him in jail for ten years and an additional ten for both serious injury charge.

The teen was running from police who believed he stole more than $50 of gas from a local convenient store. As he crossed the intersection of Lincoln Way and Duff Avenue, he struck an SUV and injured the 38 year-old driver. The 16 year-old boy in the teen’s car died at the scene and another passenger, a 14 year-old girl, was sent to a Des Moines hospital.

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


Deadly car crash blamed on texting

Two young girls, 18 and 19 years-old, died at the scene of a deadly car crash late last month. Police investigators now say that they believe the 19 year-old driver was texting at the time.

The girl’s car began to drift to the right on Old Lincoln Highway when she over-corrected and drove into the next lane. She collided head-on with an airport shuttle van.

Investigators say the driver made a phone call at 11:10pm and sent a text message at 11:11pm. The crash took place just before 11:15 that night. They found alcohol in the vehicle, but police say that toxicology reports found no traces in their systems.


Man dies in Newton car accident

A 65-year-old man from Newton, Iowa died over the weekend in a two-vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 14.

According to reports by the Iowa State Patrol, a 64-year-old woman was driving a vehicle with the man in the passenger’s seat. She was traveling westbound when she ran a stop sign, causing a vehicle driven by a 36-year-old woman to hit the passenger’s side of the car.

The 65-year-old man died at the scene of the accident. The two women involved in the car accident were not injured.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the friends and family of the man who died in this accident.


Truck Explosions Leave One Dead

A 53 year-old man died in a truck explosion in Idaho. The man was getting fuel from a friend’s vehicle, when the vehicle exploded suddenly. The friend was unharmed, but the 53 year-old man was killed instantly.

Another explosion occurred when a 49 year-old man’s truck caught fire after losing power. The truck was severely damaged and was on fire for over two hours. Fortunately, the man was not harmed.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the friends and family of the victim of this vehicle explosion.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of an explosion tragedy, please contact the Des Moines fire and explosion injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.


Woman killed when SUV crashes into her home

A 73-year-old woman who was at her home on Saturday night was killed when an SUV crashed through the wall.

The 50-year-old driver of the SUV was heading westbound on East Army Post Road around 5pm when he lost control of the vehicle and it ran off the road. The vehicle crashed through the backyard, a pair of sliding glass doors, and out the other side of the home to the front yard.

The driver was charged with vehicular homicide for his reckless driving. Other witnesses out on the road say that they had seen the man driving erratically just before the crash.

Our deepest condolences go out to the victim and her loved ones.


Record number of traffic fatalities in 2010

In West Des Moines, there were twice as many traffic fatalities in 2010 than there were in 2008 and 2009 combined. Over the past year, a total of eight people were killed in car accidents, as compared to two people in 2009 and one person in 2008. Six out of the eight fatal crashes occurs on one of the large highways or interstates in the city limits.

The West Des Moines police lieutinent says that it makes sense there are a higher number of serious accidents out on larger roads, since a higher number of cars at faster speeds can cause more damaging accidents.

The Des Moines personal injury attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. hope that everyone out on the road makes a personal effort to drive with added caution in 2011 to reduce the risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities.


Two killed in single-vehicle accident

According to the Iowa State Patrol, a one-car crash last weekend left two Williams residents dead.

The accident took place Saturday morning in Franklin County near Dows. A 40-year-old man lost control of his 1992 Mazda as he was traveling eastbound on Balsam Avenue. He crashed into a roadside creek.

The 40-year-old man and his 14-year-old passenger were killed in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.


Woman killed in single-vehicle accident

Cedar Falls police report that a 26-year-old woman died last Saturday morning in a single-vehicle accident.

According to authorities, the accident took place early Saturday morning when the 25-year-old driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle. The truck then ran off the road and struck a retaining wall before hitting a parked vehicle.

The woman was riding passenger in the truck and was killed immediately. The driver was taken to a local hospital.


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