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What started as a car fire, led to traffic on I-80 coming to a standstill and then a three truck accident with the middle truck’s driver being killed. The driver that died was Kevin Wayne Gschwend from Missouri Valley, Iowa he was just 37 years old. The other two drivers involved were Rick Turner from Elkhart, Indiana and Darrick Cathcart of Ontario.

We currently are pursuing a similar accident that occurred closer to the Illinois border with Iowa, but on I-80. Lawyers are seeing so many accidents caused by drivers being distracted by digital cockpit equipment that every rear end collision makes us wonder aloud about whether cell phones, texting, computers and iPhones were the true cause. Although the word ‘epidemic’ is overused by our member of Congress in these accidents it may actually be appropriate.

I’d be interested to read this technical investigation to know more about the speeds involved. In all car and truck accidents where death is involved the wife, husband, children or estate administrators should consider immediately filing suit to secure the cell phone records of all drivers involved.

This is the type of claim having both a personal injury and a workers' compensation legal component. If you have a double claim like this do a search on the Lombardi Law Firm site under workers' compensation and read other articles I've written that should help you understand what's involved in your claim. If you need more direct help call me at 515-222-1110 or write to [email protected] Good luck with your cases. 

News: Man dies in I-80 crash near Tiffin, Iowa City Press-Citizen

News on the Lombardi Law Firm website:

Driving, not paying attention because of cell phone conversation

www.lombardilaw.com/.../negligence-using-your-cell-phone-while-d...

This page gives you videos on motorcycle accidents, construction site accidents, car and tractor accidents, and workers' compensation and many more things ...

Add a cell phone to driver distractions and I-80's Speed Causes Truck

www.lombardilaw.com/.../add-a-cell-phone-to-driver-distractions-an...

Oct 23, 2011 – In an Iowa I-80 personal injury accident you need to read the information on the Lombardi Law Firm website.

Why are officers reluctant to investigate cell phone usage by the drivers when an accident happened?

www.lombardilaw.com/.../why-are-officers-reluctant-to-investigate-c...

I've not seen many reports where the officer discovers a cell phone being the distraction... I wanted to know whether the driver had a cell phone and if he was on it.

Crossing the center line by being distracted by cell phone

www.lombardilaw.com/.../crossing-the-center-line-by-being-distracte...

Oct 19, 2011 – Digital distractions are a major source of car accidents. Distracted drivers are a menace to the roads, streets, highways and interstate.

Passengers Aren't Safe When the Driver is Distracted (Cell Phones)

www.lombardilaw.com/.../passengers-arent-safe-when-the-driver-is-d...

Feb 7, 2011 – In this crash we have two people being hospitalized after a car, truck and semi-truck accident on Highway 151 in Fairfax.

Minimal Crash Report:

 Case Number:

 2012034844

 Type:

 Fatality

 County:

 52

 Crash Date:

 06222012

 Time:

 1604

 Location:

 I80 EB EAST OF THE 234 AND A HALF MILE MARKER

 

 Vehicle 1 Year:

 1999

 Make:

 INTERNATIONAL

 Type:

 TRUCK

 Towed By:

 HOLIDAY

 Driver Name:

 GSCHWEND,KEVIN WAYNE

 Age:

 37

 City & State of Residence:

 MISSOURI VALLEY,IA

 

 Vehicle 2 Year:

 2012

 Make:

 KW

 Type:

 SEMI

 Towed By:

 HOLIDAY

 Driver Name:

 CATHCART,DARRICK

 Age:

 37

 City & State of Residence:

 KITCHENER,ONT

 

 Vehicle 3 Year:

 2013

 Make:

 FRGHT

 Type:

 SEMI

 Towed By:

  

 Driver Name:

 TURNER,RICK

 Age:

 45

 City & State of Residence:

 ELKART,IN

 

 Injury 1 Type:

 Fatality

 Name:

 GSCHWEND,KEVIN WAYNE

 Age:

 37

 City & State of Residence:

 MISSOURI VALLEY,IA

 seat belt Use:

 Yes

 Life saved by seat belt:

 No

 Transported To:

 U OF I HOSP

 Transported By:

 JC MED EXAMINER

 

 Summary:

 

   

UNIT 3 WAS STOPPED IN THE RIGHT EB LANE OF I80 DUE TO TRFC BEING
BACKED UP FOR A CAR FIRE AT THE 236MM UNIT 2 WAS SLOWING IN THE
RIGHT LANE AND UNIT 1 WAS TRAVELING IN THE RIGHT LANE EB I80
WHEN UNIT 1 DRVR APPLIED THE BRAKES AND SLID INTO THE BACK OF
UNIT 2 WHICH WAS PUSHED INTO THE BACK OF UNIT 3 ACCIDENT REMAINS
UNDER INVESTIGATION

 

 Officer Name:

 ISP207 MIKE HICKS

 Post:

 11

 Assisted By:

 ISP JCSO AMB OXFORD/

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