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.


Hit-and-run driver found

A 28 year-old woman who crashed into a Miami Beach bus stop and then drove away has been found and charged with four counts of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in bodily injury. She was stopped by police at a gas station and was later arrested.

Four people waiting for the bus were injured in the accident. Three victims were in serious condition after the crash and the other was taken to the trauma center. Two have now been released and the others are currently in stable condition.

The woman was released after posting bail and will stand trial next month.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Des Moines auto accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling (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.


Iowa woman pleads guilty to hit-and-run

A 22 year-old Waterloo woman has pleaded guilty after she purposefully drove her car over a curb and towards a group of people. One of the people had a stroller with a baby inside. The woman hit the stroller and the child was taken to a hospital but does not have life-threatening injuries.

Waterloo police said the woman had been in a physical argument with several people before she got behind the wheel and attempted to run them over. According to reports, she jumped the curb several times before she hit the stroller. She fled the scene but eventually turned herself in.

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


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.


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.


Teen calls 911 as car sinks into creek

A 17-year-old was involved in a accident that caused his car to slip into Mud Creek. He then called 911 as the car was sinking into the water in order to save himself and three friends.

The four friends were riding in a two-door vehicle and two other vehicles were behind them on Northeast 54th Avenue when Mud Creek spilled over the roadway. The teen then called police but had no time to tell them their location.  Luckily, police officials used GPS technology on the cell phone to find the stranded vehicles.

All of the teens in the car escaped through the passenger door window. There were 10 survivors of the accident, but a 16-year-old female lost her life in the rapid flood waters.

Auto accidents can cause serious injury and change the lives of all people involved, our condolences are with the family of the victim.


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