17 01, 2013

Iowa Semi-Truck Accidents: Steps to Take to Protect your Loved Ones

2017-06-06T14:17:33-05:00

  Accidents involving large trucks (also referred to as semi-trailer, tractor trailer, big rig, 18 wheeler, etc.) are among the most dangerous and deadly of all motor vehicle accidents, not too surprising given the sheer size and weight of these trucks. A variety of factors contribute to semi truck accidents including, but not limited to: overload (or improperly loaded) freight; driver fatigue; speed; substance abuse; the negligent hiring of bad drivers; faulty equipment; failure to inspect equipment; etc. Additionally, the sheer size of trucks—together with their lack of maneuverability, inability to stop well, and the inability to see lower traffic out of the truck cab—also can play a role in causing accidents. As noted in one of our previous blog posts, it has been our experience that weather is seldom to blame for causing a semi-truck accident.  For example, how [...]

Iowa Semi-Truck Accidents: Steps to Take to Protect your Loved Ones2017-06-06T14:17:33-05:00
17 01, 2013

Snowy, Icy, Slippery Winter Weather Does Not Excuse Accident

2017-06-06T14:18:01-05:00

The police officer said the "weather caused the accident" so does that mean the other driver is not liable for causing my injuries and damages?  In our experience, one or more drivers are almost always at fault for causing an accident in bad weather and can therefore be held liable for injuries and damages. Simply stated, the rules of the road don't change just because the accident occurred while it is snowy, icy, rainy, etc. Generally speaking, Iowa law provides that a driver cannot escape liability during bad weather by invoking the "sudden emergency doctrine" or "Act of God" doctrine to justify or defend one's conduct in slippery weather if the driver knew--or had reason to know--that the roads are slick and the driver nonetheless chose to drive in an unsafe manner for the conditions that then existed. For example, if [...]

Snowy, Icy, Slippery Winter Weather Does Not Excuse Accident2017-06-06T14:18:01-05:00
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