On August 9th 2009 Brenda Gregory was hit by an alleged drunk driver as she turned left onto 190th Avenue from Iowa Highway 17. Adam E. Vanous ran the stop sign and struck her car injuring Mrs. Gregory and two other passengers in her car; Anna Tilley and Nick Vandarwarka. Mr. Vanous who is 26 is well passed the stage of, “just being a kid” and this is just another example of a pointless accident that could have easily ended 3 lives.  The law allows a claim for punitive damages against a driver that drives while drunk. The bad news is most auto insurance policies exclude coverage for punitive damages. That means you can get the judgment but it won’t be paid by insurance. Ouch! It’s a tough lesson to learn.

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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