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I’m going to step out of line today and answer this question about why clients get injured while using I-35 (or I-80) while traveling through Iowa. I could probably answer this question equally well, well maybe, for Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma or Texas but I’ll leave that to Brooks Scheulke, Mike Bryant, Noble McIntyre or Jeremy Thurman to do since they know those states better. Iowa’s intestate is mostly flat, but some rolling hills. From the north to the south I-35 is pretty straight and all four lanes. In central Iowa it jogs around Des Moines and becomes a part of I-80. Once you get to the south end of that loop you’re almost out of West Des Moines and I-80 separates off and heads west to Omaha, Nebraska. From there it’s a straight shot through to Missouri.
I’ve been studying the cause of accidents along I-35 for the better part of thirty years and although I’m not capable of naming all the reasons there are several that stick with me as a personal injury lawyer.
1. Alcohol related – driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
2. Speed – driving too fast for the conditions, those conditions include weather and construction zones.
3. Distracted driving – driving while using a cell phone, an iPod, controlling the kids, eating, pets, arguing or any of the myriad of distractions that form a part of the epidemic of driver distractions.
4. Look out – driving without looking where you’re going and I mean paying close enough attention and focusing your attention to changing conditions.
5. Anger management issues – this one I’ve seen more and more of on the Interstate 35 and 80. Road rage is a popular term that doesn’t quite describe what this one is about. I say that because it makes pissed off drivers sound like they have an uncontrollable disease; when in fact it’s all controllable. Even women suffer from it although I suspect men allow anger management issues to creep into the driver’s seat more often.
6. Deer – OMG! It’s a deer. Yup this is Iowa and when the crop starts coming out of the field so goes their habitat and they must keep moving. Deer are more active at dawn and dusk so watch closer during those times. Especially you who are on motorcycles.
7. Being in a hurry – especially around the cities of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Clive, Waukee, Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Davenport, Council Bluffs, Waterloo and Cedar Falls we have people using the interstate system for inner city travel. There’s nothing wrong with it but it does add cars, trucks, motorcycles, delivery vehicles, lawn car trucks and all those other errand types of traffic that seem to add clutter with people in a hurry. Being in a hurry is no excuse for not being courteous, thoughtful, mindful and realizing that you’re now on the Interstate highway system. So slow down and use other roads if you can.
8. Inexperienced or youthful drivers – You know everyone sees these kids and younger adults driving. We rent parking spaces to high school students and their cars are always so easily spotted. There are a million dangly things hooked onto the rear view mirror, that block the view out the windshield. The driver’s head is down many times because they are texting. Many times there are a bunch of them in the car and that youthful exuberance seems to get everyone talking at once and heads bobbing to the conversation. Since many know they aren’t following their parent’s rules they are always looking around furtively hoping you’re not their PARENT! Anyway you know it’s true and you’ve seen them violating most of these rules of the road.
9. Not thinking – drivers forget when they get to a construction zone that they need to adjust their attitudes for the changing conditions. The drop in speed limit isn’t just a suggestion. Those road crew workers aren’t crash test dummies; they are real people that actually die if you strike them. Road workers can’t always be watching you so get as far over and away from their area as you can. When you see a road crew, the sign should give that away, adjust your attitude to slow down, pay more attention, look for the crew members and get out of the hurry-up mode.
10. Fatigued semi-truck drivers – truck drivers are being used by transport companies to fill-out phony logs and we all know it. They will deny it and say I don’t know what I’m talking about. When the truckers are in an accident, and this doesn’t apply to them all, many have phony log books that cover for the company they work for. If you want to keep your job as a truck driver you have to make the delivery on time or else it’s see-ya-time.
Here in Iowa we don’t have a tourism industry like they do in Florida but people still travel through Iowa on I-35 to visit Prairie Meadows to gamble, the Iowa Barnstormers, and the Iowa Cubs, on their way to Ames to see ISU play or on their way to Iowa City to see the Hawkeye football teams. They travel to attend schools at the major colleges like the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Northern Iowa, Drake University, Des Moines University Medical School, Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport or Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids. People travel to all the major hospital systems like Iowa Health, Mercy Medical Center, McFarland Clinic or the University Hospitals and Clinics. And of course 1 million people travel into central Iowa every year to visit the Iowa State Fair. To visit family, friends or to just attend the Des Moines Metro Opera there are as many reasons to travel as there are people.
Be careful when you travel and pay attention. The life you save may be your own. And if you’re in an accident while in Iowa, even if you’ve traveled from one of our sister states call the Lombardi Law Firm for assistance. We are happy to work with your attorney from your home state.
And for fun today, here’s the Husband Calling Contest, which I’ve never seen or heard!
Series on I-35 (I-80) Travel from Texas to Minnesota
Steve Lombardi, 4200 Corporate Drive, Suite 112, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
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Noble McIntyre, 1300 S. Meridian Ave. Suite 501, Oklahoma city, OK. 73108 | ph: 405-917-5200
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Schuelke, C Brooks, 1717 W 6th St # 375, Austin, TX (512) 476-4944
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They will tell you I'm not supposed to be proud to be a "PI Lawyer". I am and I make no apology for being one or for that matter being proud to be one. And until people remember the meaning of do until others as you would have them do unto you, you won't understand why until you need a personal injury lawyer.
So what is a personal injury lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer is one who works for the injured person after they’ve been involved in an accident. In this instance these personal injury lawyers have gotten together to discuss the types of personal injury claims that occur on the interstate highways between Minnesota and Texas. That highway of course is I-35.
What personal injury lawyers do is a daily struggle of battling against the enormous financial power of the insurance industry. They help you navigate through the mixed signals and demands of different insurance companies. For instance after you’re in a highway wreck you end up having a tow bill, a storage bill, a car damage claim, probably medical expenses and certainly time off from work. Your claims originate in one state, not the one in which you live and you need to figure out how to get answers and in what order those questions need to be answered. Literally you find yourself sinking in demands of several insurance adjusters with no one assisting you. That is where the personal injury lawyer is helpful.
We live this day in and day out. We take over the hassles that you find overwhelming. Where you feel like you’re being pushed around by the other guy’s auto insurance company, your own insurance company and the health insurance company, we push back and direct traffic. Personal injury lawyers are here for you, your spouse and family and all those whose interests aren’t opposing to your own. The most important question you can ask is “Are you on my side?”
How many years have you been handling personal injury legal work?
Do you have other lawyers in the state where the collision occurred that you can work with to get my case handled?
Do you like doing this kind of work?
Do you have a blog where I can read what you’ve written?
How do you handle these cases?
You will hear the insurance industry malign personal injury lawyers and you will hear politicians run on platforms with tort reform planks, but when it comes to your personal injury claim none of them are helpful or there to assists you. The fact is you can’t even believe your own insurance company adjuster can be trusted. Why, because if the other guy hasn’t enough insurance coverage you’ll need to file an underinsured motorist claim. And if the other guy doesn’t have any insurance you’ll have to file an uninsured motorist claim. That means you’re insurance company is your opponent; and trust me on this one, they understand that perfectly. In 30 years of practicing law I can tell you what and how they will treat you. Your own insurance company may even hire a lawyer for the at-fault driver, that’s the guy that hit you and caused you injury, to beat your claim so that they don’t have to pay you anything under your own policy.
That’s the way this system works. So now you know why they really don’t want you hiring a “personal injury lawyer” and why they’ve spent so much money convincing you personal injury claims are a bad idea.
Here is our series so far:
Why Hire a Lawyer After an I-35 Collision? | InjuryBoard St. Cloud ... Why Hire a Lawyer After an I-35 Collision? ... St. Paul, and Twin Cities here in Minnesota, but cuts across the country as I-35.
How you Find an lawyer after an I-35 accident. Brooks Schuelke
Injured in an I-35 Accident? Real Life Reasons You Need an Attorney, Posted by Jeremy Thurman October 22, 2009 2:26 PM
Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer for an I-35 Car Accident ... Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer for an I-35 Car Accident.
South Carolina is leading the nation with 95% of their traffic deaths last year (2008) occurring on rural roads. Montana is close behind with 92% of their traffic deaths occurring on rural roads.
The report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that more Americans die on lonely country roads than congested and hostile urban ones. “There are more crashes in urban areas, but fewer of them result in fatalities,” says Lee Munnich, director of the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety at the University of Minnesota.
Even in Massachusetts, which has the lowest percentage of rural fatalities, there are more rural deaths per 100 million miles traveled than urban fatalities.
Why is this? Key reasons include, people drive faster on rural roads, rural roads are not as well engineered as urban roads, and behavioral differences including drunken driving and less use of seat belts in rural areas. On top of these factors, critical emergency care takes longer to arrive at rural crash sites. In Montana, the average response time for emergency medical rescue is 80 minutes compared to 15 minutes in Massachusetts.
In South Carolina, 80% of that state’s road deaths involve alcohol. Shame on you South Carolina! Of the 95% of total deaths on these roads, only 15% DO NOT involve alcohol, a sobering statistic. Of course we can't congratulate those dying while sober.
Many states are responding to the rural road accident problem by installing rumble strips, grooves, and raised patterns to alert drivers that they are leaving the pavement. I'm not sure this will help the drunks awaken in time to keep the shiny side up. In Montana, approximately 75% of their rural crashes are single vehicle crashes. They are installing under and overpasses to allow animals a clear path to cross the roads; another major cause of single vehicle crashes in rural areas.
The next time you are driving in a rural area, stay alert, drive the speed limit, and be aware of drivers around you. One other thing, wear your seat belt and don't drink and drive! Drugs and drunken driving are costing us all way too much grief.
Join us for Away from the Sun, by 3 Doors Down
When you drive distracted you’ll find out it may just end up being your time to meet your maker. And by the same musical group, how about joining in with, It’s Not My Time.
Great pipes on this lead singer.
Music video by 3 Doors Down performing It's Not My Time with Sean Hobbs [Video Producer], Shaun Silva [Video Director] (C) 2008 Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
On September 3rd 2009 15 year old Rachel Stewart was headed north on I-380 when she lost control of the van she was driving went onto the median and flipped. Rachel Stewart and one of the other passengers, Rachel Peterson, were both hospitalized while a third passenger 16 year old Alyssa Benedict from Tiffin died as a result of the injuries suffered in the crash. Benedict and Peterson were not wearing their seatbelt, but the real question is why a 15 year old is driving without a parent present and on the Interstate Highways in Iowa. Answer that question and you’ll have the answer to the right question.
Why are there so many injuries?