Iowa Personal Injury Case Summary by Iowa Lawyer, Steve Lombardi

This, according to the police report, is a personal injury car accident on 190th Street that caused the death of the 45 year old man driving a Dodge Intrepid. The other car was a 2006 GMC Sierra being driven by a 64 year old man from Clarinda.

  • Driver 1: Chad Vanhouten, Shenandoah, Iowa
  • Drive 2: Larry Wise, Clarinda

Any driver approaching the crest of a hill knows to get over to the right. Sometimes drivers are distracted or just don’t do it for whatever reason they may have, but like this case this can be deadly.

Trooper’s Summary: VEHICLE 1 WAS WESTBOUND ON 190TH ST, VEHICLE 2 WAS EASTBOUND ON
190TH ST, VEHICLES 1 AND 2 MET AT THE CREST OF A HILL AND COLLIDED OFFSET HEAD ON, INVESTIGATION CONTINUES BY THE IOWA STATE PATROL

Iowa Personal Injury Case Summary by Iowa Lawyer, Steve Lombardi – These can be tough cases although realistically this case will be made in just four ways:

  1. Technical Investigation measurements and photographs.
  2. Independent eye witnesses testimony
  3. An accident reconstruction expert
  4. Toxicology reported findings

And this means an investigation will be critical to establishing fault. My advice to all of our clients in this situation, get out and hire an Iowa personal injury attorney as quickly as you can so they can begin to gather and preserve the evidence. That is absolutely critical to the success of the insurance claim.

Mr. Houten was a well-liked head volleyball coach at Shenandoah High School, a basketball coach at the middle school and a full-time prison guard at the Clarinda Prison.

From KMALAND, “(Shenandoah) -- Shenandoah High School's head volleyball coach was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Page County Tuesday afternoon. The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. four miles west of E Avenue on J-32. A vehicle driven by 45-year-old Chad Van Houten of Shenandoah was westbound on 190th Street and a vehicle driven by 64-year-old Larry Wise of Clarinda was eastbound on 190th Street. The two vehicles met at the crest of a hill and collided head-on. Wise was transported by Shenandoah Rescue to Shenandoah Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Van Houten died in the crash. Both men were wearing their seat belts. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol. Ferguson Road was closed for several hours Tuesday afternoon while authorities investigated the accident scene.” See Shenandoah coach dies in fatal crash, reported by Nick Johansen and Chuck Morris.

Jeff Hiser remembers Chad Van Houten, “(Shenandoah) -- The Shenandoah School and business communities are dealing today with the loss of 45-year-old Chad Van Houten, who was killed yesterday in a head-on collision on Ferguson Road east of Shenandoah. Van Houten, who worked fulltime at the Clarinda Prison as a guard, also coached High School volleyball and Middle School basketball in Shenandoah. Supt. Jeff Hiser says the loss is a tough one. "Chad was a great human being, a friend of ours personally and a great coach. He really had the best interest of his players in mind. He expected the best, but he treated everybody with dignity and respect". Hiser says Van Houten has been part of the Shenandoah system for several years. "I believe he started in 2005-2006. When I came to Shenandoah as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director in 2007 and he was on staff at that time".

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