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In this description we have one car following the one in front too close and as traffic slows the driver isn’t able to stop before crashing into the rear. Now assuming the one in front didn’t suddenly and without warning cut in, and reduce the stopping distance, the one to the rear is normally at fault. We handle these cases so if we can help give us a call at 515-222-1110 or [email protected].

The description by the State Trooper says this: VEHICLE #1 WAS TRAVELING WEST ON INTERSTATE 80 AND FOLLOWING VEHICLE #2 TOO CLOSE WHEN IT STRUCK VEHICLE #2 WHICH WAS SLOWING FOR TRAFFIC. THIS COLLISION CAUSED VEHICLE #2 TO STRIKE VEHICLE #3. ROADWAY CONDITIONS WERE 100% SNOW AND ICE COVERED AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

Crash Information

 

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A
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N

Date of Accident
1/17/2012

Time of Accident 
12:42 PM

County
Polk - 77

Accident occurred within corporate limits of (city)
Urbandale - 7875

Law Enforcement Case Number:
2012003182

Literal Description 
I80 W.B. AT MM 131

Legal Intervention?
No

Private Property?
No

X-Coordinate:
441148.5

Y-Coordinate
4611438.


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1

Driver's Name - Last
KEMPF

First
ALVIN

Middle
R

Suffix
JR

City
MOKENA

State
IL - Illinois, US

Zip
60448

Driver's Age
65

Citation Charge Code 1
321.307

Citation Charge 1
FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE

Gender
Male

State
IL - Illinois, US

Class
D - Chauffeur

Endorsements
N - Tank

Restrictions

N - Non-resident CDL

Citation Charge Code 2
Citation Charge 2
Alcohol Test Given?
1 - None

Drug Test Given?
1 - None

Citation Charge Code 3
Citation Charge 3
Citation Charge Code 4
Citation Charge 4
Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver

Injury Status
5 - Uninjured

Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used

Airbag Deployment
1 - Deployed front of person

Airbag Switch Status
9 - Unknown

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path
Trapped
1 - Not trapped

Transported to:
Transported by:
Insurance Co. Name
Year
2010

Make
Chevrolet - CHEV

Model
IMPALA

Style
4DR

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
10000

Initial Travel Direction
4 - West

Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight

Speed Limit
65

Point of Initial Impact
01 - Front

Most Damaged Area
01 - Front

Extent of Damage
5 - Severe, vehicle totaled

Underride/Override
1 - None

Total Occupants
1

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
01 - Passenger car

Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable

Vehicle Defect
01 - None

Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal

Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured

Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
First Event
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Second Event
Third Event
Fourth Event
Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable

Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable

Carrier Name
City
State
Zip
Number of Axles
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
Placard #
Hazardous Materials Released?

U
N
I
T

2

Driver's Name - Last
CLARK

First
CHRISTINE

Middle
JELANE

Suffix
City
JOHNSTON

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
501310000

Driver's Age
18

Citation Charge Code 1
Citation Charge 1
Gender
Female

State
IA - Iowa, US

Class
C - Non-commercial vehicle or commercial Veh w/26000 GVWR or less & either 16 Pass Design or Hazmat

Endorsements
None

Restrictions

None

Citation Charge Code 2
Citation Charge 2
Alcohol Test Given?
1 - None

Drug Test Given?
1 - None

Citation Charge Code 3
Citation Charge 3
Citation Charge Code 4
Citation Charge 4
Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver

Injury Status
5 - Uninjured

Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used

Airbag Deployment
5 - Not deployed

Airbag Switch Status
9 - Unknown

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path
Trapped
1 - Not trapped

Transported to:
Transported by:
Insurance Co. Name
Year
2005

Make
Model
LR3

Style
SW

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
3000

Initial Travel Direction
4 - West

Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight

Speed Limit
65

Point of Initial Impact
05 - Rear

Most Damaged Area
01 - Front

Extent of Damage
2 - Minor damage

Underride/Override
1 - None

Total Occupants
1

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
04 - Sport utility vehicle

Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable

Vehicle Defect
01 - None

Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal

Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured

Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
First Event
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Second Event
Third Event
Fourth Event
Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable

Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable

Carrier Name
City
State
Zip
Number of Axles
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
Placard #
Hazardous Materials Released?

U
N
I
T

3

Driver's Name - Last
BROOKS

First
MELISA

Middle
JOY

Suffix
City
GREENFIELD

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
508490000

Driver's Age
33

Citation Charge Code 1
Citation Charge 1
Gender
Female

State
IA - Iowa, US

Class
C - Non-commercial vehicle or commercial Veh w/26000 GVWR or less & either 16 Pass Design or Hazmat

Endorsements
None

Restrictions

None

Citation Charge Code 2
Citation Charge 2
Alcohol Test Given?
1 - None

Drug Test Given?
1 - None

Citation Charge Code 3
Citation Charge 3
Citation Charge Code 4
Citation Charge 4
Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver

Injury Status
5 - Uninjured

Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used

Airbag Deployment
5 - Not deployed

Airbag Switch Status
3 - No ON/OFF switch present

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path
Trapped
1 - Not trapped

Transported to:
Transported by:
Insurance Co. Name
Year
2006

Make
Model
SPECTRA

Style
4DR

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
2000

Initial Travel Direction
4 - West

Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight

Speed Limit
65

Point of Initial Impact
05 - Rear

Most Damaged Area
05 - Rear

Extent of Damage
2 - Minor damage

Underride/Override
1 - None

Total Occupants
2

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
01 - Passenger car

Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable

Vehicle Defect
01 - None

Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal

Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured

Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
First Event
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Second Event
Third Event
Fourth Event
Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable

Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable

Carrier Name
City
State
Zip
Number of Axles
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
Placard #
Hazardous Materials Released?

ACCIDENT ENVIRONMENT
ROADWAY CHARACTERISTICS
Major Contributing Circumstances:
WORKZONE RELATED?
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
Location of First Harmful Event
1 - On Roadway

Weather Conditions (up to two)
01 - Clear

Environment
1 - None apparent

Location
First Harmful Event of Crash (use codes 11-42 only)
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Manner of Crash/Collision
3 - Rear-end

Roadway
02 - Road surface condition

Type
Light Conditions
1 - Daylight

Surface Conditions
3

Type of Roadway Junction/Feature
01 - No special feature

Workers Present?

D
I
A
G
R
A
M

0

 

NARRATIVE

VEHICLE #1 WAS TRAVELING WEST ON INTERSTATE 80 AND FOLLOWING VEHICLE #2 TOO CLOSE WHEN IT STRUCK VEHICLE #2 WHICH WAS SLOWING FOR TRAFFIC. THIS COLLISION CAUSED VEHICLE #2 TO STRIKE VEHICLE #3. ROADWAY CONDITIONS WERE 100% SNOW AND ICE COVERED AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

 

Officer
TJEPKES

Badge No.
074

Time Officer Notified of Accident
12:42

Time Officer Arrived At Scene
12:46

Name of Agency
P01

Date of Report
1/17/2012

Investigation made at scene?
Yes

T.I. #
Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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