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.


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.


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