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.


Employee loses life in waterpark accident

A fatal accident on the Raging River ride at the family-owned amusement park Adventureland occurred on Tuesday, June 7, according to an article of the Des Moines Register.

According to preliminary investigations, a park employee was stationed at the water ride assisting riders onto the ride, when he slipped and fell. The accident fractured the employee’s skull and eventually resulted in the employee’s death on Saturday, June 11. The employee was identified as a 68-year-old man, who was enjoying retirement with his wife. The retired postal worker had worked at the park for only six days at the time of the accident.

Security staff at the amusement park immediately came to his rescue, and he was transported to Mercy Medical Center, where life support was needed to sustain him. The Raging River ride is still open to the public, but the event is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


Two hurt in Ankeny two-vehicle collision

A police officer who was responding to a distress call in Ankeny was involved in a two-vehicle collision around 8:17 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1.

According to preliminary investigations, a 34-year-old police officer was travelling north on Ankeny Boulevard to respond to a call when he collided with a truck driven by a 61-year-old Ankeny man. The driver of the truck had to be taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines for the treatment of his injuries. The police officer was brought to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, where he was treated for his minor injuries and was released before 12:00 p.m. The accident is currently being investigated to determine which driver was at fault.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. have the legal knowledge, the technical experience, and the resources to provide thorough legal representation for people in Des Moines who have been injured in a personal injury accident. If you were the victim of a serious car accident, call our offices at (515) 225-2600 to discuss your legal options.


Man files lawsuit against Texas Roadhouse after slipping on peanuts

An Iowa man filed a premises liability lawsuit in federal court on Friday, May 6 against national steakhouse chain Texas Roadhouse after his knee was shattered when he slipped on the floor of the restaurant’s Cedar Falls branch in February 2015. The man attributed the fall to its employees’ negligence and recklessness because they did not clean up the scattered peanut shells on the floor.

According to the plaintiff’s attorneys, Texas Roadhouse is known for providing diners with free buckets of dry-roasted peanuts whose shells can be thrown on the floor. The attorneys noted that the “marketing gimmick” contributed to “extremely dangerous” conditions inside the restaurant. A similar lawsuit was filed in 2013 against Texas Roadhouse when a Texas woman said she slipped on peanut shells at the restaurant’s branch in Harlingen and asked for over $1 million in damages.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., serve clients in Des Moines and other areas of Iowa and are known for providing excellent legal services to each client, no matter how big or small their case is. If you want to discuss your situation or begin planning your case, call our attorneys today at (515) 225-2600.


University of Iowa settles lawsuit with former football player

A recent report stated that the University of Iowa has agreed to pay $15,000 to settle a personal injury lawsuit filed by a former football player and student who claimed that a high-intensity workout in 2011 made him sick with exertional rhabdomyolysis, causing him to spend a week in the hospital.

The athlete, who is now 26 years old, claimed he was one of thirteen players in the University of Iowa football program who suffered from the same ailment. Exertional rhabdomyolysis is a condition in which over-exertion and excessive muscle strain causes the muscles to deteriorate. This process releases proteins into the bloodstream and increases the risk of kidney disease or failure.

According to an investigative report, the football coaching staff considered the extreme workouts to be a test for revealing which players were willing to work the hardest to be on the team.

At the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., our legal team of personal injury attorneys can help you pursue compensation for injuries you sustained at the hands of someone else. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to discuss your unique case and learn more about your legal options.


Des Moines woman hit by a vehicle while inside her own bedroom

A woman from Des Moines, Iowa was in her room on Thursday, September 17 and was working on her computer when a vehicle crashed into her bedroom and hit her.

The victim said she heard a sound and the next thing she knew, she was hit by the car, while noting, “I guess it was kinda like getting hit by a car but it was actually the bed. It just kinda [crashed] in the wall, the bed flew across the room and I got pinned up against the other wall”.

Ryan was hospitalized and treated for her back and head injuries but was immediately released following the incident.

A personal injury accident can cause a person to become seriously injured, not to mention emotionally traumatized. That is why our attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. in Des Moines work extra hard to successfully pursue financial compensation for victims of accidents, especially for accidents that are caused by the negligence of other people. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.


One bicyclist dies in Des Moines hit-and-run accident

Members of the Des Moines Police Department in Iowa took into custody a 31-year-old man who is suspected in a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of a bicyclist. The victim sustained serious wounds from an accident that occurred on the 5100 block of Grand Avenue in Des Moines before 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 16.

Police authorities responded to an emergency call and found a 41-year-old cyclist lying along the road, having sustained critical injuries from the incident. Two other bicyclists incurred more minor wounds in the same accident, Des Moines police reported.

The cyclist was then transported to the Iowa Methodist Medical Center where he died on Tuesday, August 18 as a result of his serious injuries.

Police investigators were able to locate the driver as a result of witnesses, who gave the authorities a description of the car he was driving and the plate number that accompanied the suspect’s car.


Car accident kills 83-year-old woman in Jasper county

A two-car accident in Jasper County, Iowa on Thursday, July 30 at around 4 p.m. has led to death of an elderly woman.

The victim was identified as 83-year-old Newton resident Joanne Hunter.

According to preliminary investigations, a vehicle driving eastbound on F-48 east of Colfax crossed the center line and hit Hunter’s 1999 Buick Century head-on as she was driving westbound. The driver responsible was identified as a 32-year-old woman.

Hunter was declared dead at the scene of the accident. Hunter’s passenger, a 91-year-old individual from Newton, was brought to Skiff Medical Center to receive medical attention. Both individuals were wearing their seat-belts at the time of the accident.

The driver of the vehicle who hit Hunter’s, on the other hand, was taken to Mercy Medical Center. She had been traveling with her infant in the back seat of the car at the time, who remained uninjured in the incident.


Wallet Hub study ranks Iowa 12th in safety

According to Wallet Hub, a personal finance and economic research group, Iowa is the 12th safest state in the country, the Des Moines Register reported on June 2.

When it comes to financial safety, which focuses on foreclosure, unemployment rates, and health insurance, Iowa ranked seventh. Furthermore, Iowa ranked eighth in road safety, not surprisingly as it was also the fifth lowest in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities.

Iowa’s least safe rankings are in the fields of workplace safety (36th) and natural disasters (37th).

No matter how safe the state is, there will always be those who act recklessly and cause accidents. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident through no fault of your own, the team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., in Des Moines may work on behalf of your rights and interests as you recover. Learn how we may help you pursue financial compensation from the person or party responsible by calling our offices at (515) 225-2600 today.


Des Moines compensates citizens hurt in snowplow accidents

Des Moines city officials said this year’s winter season caused 11 snowplow accidents and two personal injuries to its residents, according to the Des Moines Register on April 28.

According to Des Moines Public Works Director Jonathan Gano, what usually causes minor snowplow accidents is a secondary wing plow, a device positioned on the passenger side of trucks that hangs toward the curb at a level of 6 to 8 feet. The nine accidents that were less serious and did not result in injury, such as mailboxes and poles knocked over, costed the city $16,300. The two injurious accidents, however, may cost the city up to $20,000 each.

City Attorney Jeff Lester said snowplow accidents are expected each year during this season due to the long shifts of snowplow operators, numerous miles traveled by each vehicle, and possible rough road conditions.

Our attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., in Des Moines represent those who have been injured in vehicle accidents in the pursuit of financial compensation to cover their losses. Call our offices today at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about taking action.


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