Iowa Senate deliberates over Uber regulations

Uber is revolutionizing how people can commute and go places around town. Instead of hailing a cab or calling taxi companies for one of their cabs to pick them up, commuters can use a simple phone app, and Uber drivers can pick up these commuters using their personal vehicles.

According to WHO TV, the Iowa Texas Senate subcommittee on transportation met on March 30 to deliberate over a measure which would mandate companies like Uber to perform background checks, safety inspections, and give out liability insurance when car accidents happen. This measure cleared the Iowa House of Representatives 95-5, although it encountered some resistance in the Senate.

The experienced legal team at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., in Des Moines is dedicated to representing personal injury victims when they have been hurt in a car accident or another injurious event. For representation in the pursuit of financial compensation from the parties responsible, call our offices at (515) 225-2600 today.

Cities consider sledding bans

Many local governments have played with the idea of banning sledding, according to the Kansas City Star on February 16, in order to protect the safety of residents and prevent large lawsuits.

Just this January, city council members in Dubuque, Iowa voted to ban sledding in 48 of the city’s 50 public parks and mete out a $750 penalty on those who commit the offense.

Other cities that have also instituted the same protocols are Montville, New Jersey; Lincoln, Nebraska; Columbia City, Indiana; Des Moines, Iowa; and Paxton, Illinois. In Paxton, officials even took away constructed sledding mounds. Other cities have mandated helmets or other safety measures.

If you have become the victim of a personal injury accident in Iowa, the attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., may work tirelessly on your behalf for the financial compensation you need to cover any losses. Call our offices at (877) 327-2600 today to learn more about how we may help you hold those responsible fully accountable.

TraumaHawk helps medical staff anticipate car crash injuries

Automobile crashes often lead to severe injuries, but hospital emergency rooms may only have a few minutes to prepare for incoming victims, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported on February 16.

A new smartphone application being developed in cooperation with staff at the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator program and the Iowa Department of Transportation may accelerate the warning time before an ambulance arrives at the emergency room of UI hospitals and clinics with a car accident victim. Where before medical staff may have had only seven minutes to prepare, photos sent by the app from the scene of the accident could increase that preparation time to 30 or even 45 minutes.

The app, called TraumaHawk, enables state troopers who responded to the scene of the crash to send photographs of the damaged vehicles through their smartphones to UI hospitals and clinics to assist doctors and nurses in determining the extent of a patient’s injuries.

Our attorneys at the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., advocate on behalf of personal injury victims in Des Moines. If you have been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, do not hesitate to enlist our help by calling (877) 327-2600 today.

Head-on collision killed five in northwest Iowa

A head-on collision in northwest Iowa on November 22 claimed the lives of five individuals and brought critical injuries to three other people, The Des Moines Register reported.

The victims were identified as 70-year-old Des Moines resident Myrna Malone, 80-year-old Ute local Donna Tim, and from the other vehicle, 60-year-old Bahta Gebremedhen, 34-year-old Yohanes Tesfamariam, and 46-year-old Kibrom Gebremicael, all from Sioux City.

According to preliminary investigations, 70-year-old Des Moines resident Larry Malone, who was the driver of the vehicle Myrna Malone rode in, was headed west on Iowa Highway 141 in Sloan, an Iowa State Patrol report showed. At the same time, 53-year-old Sioux City resident Shishay Gidey’s vehicle was headed east on Iowa Highway 141 when it swerved into the northbound lane, over-corrected, and then found itself in the eastbound lane. It was afterwards struck head-on by Malone’s car.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., extend their deepest condolences to the friends and family of everyone involved and wish for the quick recovery of those injured.

Worker wounded in Iowa chemical fire explosion

Jason Capps was identified as the man injured at the industrial building explosion on 2123 NE 46th Avenue in Saylor Township, Iowa just after 3 p.m. on November 10, WHO TV reported.

Capps was rushed to the University of Iowa Hospital. A friend of his said he may be confined at the hospital for three months. Allegedly, 65% of his body was burned. The fire managed to destroy three business establishments: The Body Parts Store, Zee Zee Outlet, and United Classic Cars.

The investigators are pursuing a lead that suggested a worker transferring chemicals acted as a catalyst for the explosion. Local authorities assessed the damage to the building, which amounted to $1 million and comprised of lost equipment and cars.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., are a dedicated personal injury team, committed to representing Des Moines residents who have been injured through the negligence of others. Call our offices at (515) 225-2600 today to discuss your case.

Ambulance accident in Des Moines kills one

Sixty-six-year-old Pleasant Hill, Iowa resident Stanley Paulson was killed after the pickup truck he was driving collided with an ambulance in downtown Des Moines on the Saturday night of November 1, the Des Moines Register reported.

Paulson succumbed to his injuries at the Mercy Hospital on November 3, according to a police spokesperson.

Des Moines police spokesman Sergeant Jason Halifax said charges may be filed against the driver of the ambulance after they have completed their investigation of the incident. He noted the difficulty of placing blame in this situation, as ambulance drivers still must drive safely according to traffic, although drivers are supposed to yield to the emergency vehicles.

According to preliminary investigations, the ambulance was heading south while the pickup truck was traveling west when the crash occurred. The impact caused the pickup truck to overturn, and the ambulance flipped onto its side.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., hold the family and friends in their thoughts during this difficult time.

Snowplow accident victim awarded $435,000

The Iowa State Appeal Board decided on October 6 to award payment of $435,000 to Larry Van Westen, a man who was hit by a state snowplow in a February 2012 vehicular accident near Sioux Rapids, the Globe Gazette reported.

The accident transpired when a state Department of Transportation snowplow committed driver error. Eastbound, the snow plow pulled in front of Van Westen’s van, which was heading south on U.S. Route 71. The Clay County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation on the incident and the driver from the DoT was charged with failure to yield upon entering the highway.

The three-member panel, which consisted of State Auditor Mary Mosiman, Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, and state Department of Management director David Roederer, also awarded $10,000 to Van Westen’s wife.

The attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., know the injury and damage that can result from a vehicular accident in Des Moines. If you have experienced an accident through no fault of your own, our personal injury team may help you hold the responsible party accountable. Call our offices at (515) 225-2600 today to learn about your options for recourse.

Boating while intoxicated arrests and accidents dwindle in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources had reported that there have been fewer cases of boating injuries caused by intoxicated boating while on state waters, and there are less people getting arrested for boating while intoxicated, according to a September 12 Quad-City Times article.

Law enforcement agents could not pinpoint the exact reason for these dwindling numbers. According to the information from the agency, personal injuries related to boating accidents decreased by 70% since 2010 while boating-while-intoxicated arrests declined by 64% in just two years.

The number of BWIs increased in 2012, when Iowa changed the legal blood-alcohol level for boaters to .08 from .10 in accordance with the state’s operating-while-intoxicated law. Records showed that there were 97 BWI arrests in 2012, which was twice the number of arrests from the previous year. So far this year, there have only been 35 arrests.

If you have been injured in a boating accident or another accident due to the negligence of someone else, the attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., in Des Moines may help you pursue financial compensation from those responsible. Contact us today by calling (515) 225-2600 to learn more.

Two-car crash in Tama injures three people

A two-vehicle crash on Highway 63 in Tama, Iowa resulted in the injury of three people, The Toledo Chronicle reported on August 21.

The accident occurred at 5:25 p.m. According to preliminary police investigations, two cars were heading south on the highway near the main entrance of STC High School on Harding Street when a driver in one of the vehicles miscalculated and rear-ended the other vehicle. Individuals were injured in both cars, and these three people were transported to the Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

The Tama and Toledo Police Departments, along with the Tama Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, responded to the accident site.

If you have suffered injury or expense from a car accident caused by someone else’s negligent or irresponsible actions, the attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., may help you pursue financial compensation. Call our Iowa offices today at (515) 225-2600 or (515) 225-2600 to schedule an appointment with us.

Seven-vehicle pileup in eastern Iowa injures two people

According to reports, on Wednesday, July 23 shortly before 7 a.m. a car was seen driving north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 380 in eastern Iowa. This vehicle eventually caused a seven-vehicle pileup near Diagonal Drive that injured two people.

Police said that the driver who caused the seven-vehicle crash was in his 70’s. Police investigations are underway to determine whether or not the elderly driver was suffering from an emergency condition at the time of the accident.

After the accident, the elderly driver and another victim were transported to the hospital where their injuries were treated. Interstate 380’s right lane was opened to the public by 7:52 a.m. while the other lanes were opened at around 8:14 a.m.

Victims of personal injury accidents who suffer from physical, emotional, and financial trauma may be eligible to take legal action against the person responsible. If your accident happened in Des Moines or other areas in Iowa and you would like to file a complaint, get in touch with our attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today by dialing (515) 225-2600 today.

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