We have an accident on Interstate 80 (I-80) in Poweshiek County, Iowa on August 20, 2012. It’s a one-vehicle accident (2005 Kia Sorrento) being driven by an 18-year-old man from Milroy, PA. (Morgan Aumiller) Unfortunately a 66 year-old was killed (Roberta Ross) and the other three passengers including the driver were seriously injured. One was taken by air ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics inIowa City. The injured included Logan Aumiller, Brandon Aumiller and Morgan Aumiller. A tough day for the young driver, that’s for sure. Few details are in the report and include the following description or summary: UNIT# 1 WAS EASTBOUND ON INTERSTATE 80 LEFT THE ROADWAY ENTERED THE MEDIAN DRIVER LOST CONTROL ROLLED SEVERAL TIMES AND CAME TO REST IN THE SOUTH DITCH THIS ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE IOWA STATE PATROL.

What this young driver has to realize is that tires blow and it’s not the young driver’s fault. With age comes experience, the knowledge to know when things just don’t feel right. And in this case the tire failure may well have been caused by a faulty tire or one manufactured with a defect. Without the tires we may never know if the tires were defective and so preserving the tires is critically important. And not just towards any legal action. There is a young man who was driving that car and he deserves to know the answer.

There are a few things you can do and probably should do before leaving for a long trip and I noted this family was fromPennsylvania.

Here is what you should do before a long trip:

  • Check the tire pressure to make sure it’s enough and consistent all away around.
  • Check the tire tread and make sure there is sufficient tread and no threads are showing.
  • Check to make sure the tires all match.
  • Check to make sure the spare is good enough to use in case of it being needed.
  • Check the spare to make sure it has the right tire pressure.
  • Check to make sure you have the right tools to change a tire.
  • Check to make sure you know where the spare time is located and how to remove it.
  • Check to make sure you know how to change a tire.
  • Check to make sure you have your AAA card.
  • Check to make sure you have the AAA phone number memorized in your cell phone directory.
  • Check to make sure you have your phone charger.
  • Check to make sure you have a small backpack and the right shoes to walk for several miles if you get stranded.
  • Check to make sure you have a flare or emergency light.

Alright now I’m obsessing….but what about knowing what to sense that indicates a tire failure may be evident? Let’s try that list.

  • Whenever you stop to fuel up walk around the car or truck and look at the tires.
  • Know what a soft tire looks like; in other words know what a properly inflated tire looks like.
  • You can check tire pressure for free at most gas stations. So do it.
  • You can carry a tire pressure gauge with you to test the tire pressure.
  • Make sure you screw the tire valve stem covers back into place. These caps may seem unimportant but they keep dirt and debris out of the valve stem end where you insert air.
  • When driving get a feel of how the car steers when tires are properly inflated.
  • Know what the front end feels like during steering when tires are under inflated. They should feel soft and squishy. The front end will be loose or have a loosy-goosy feel to it.
  • The steering wheel should have a certain feel to it, either stiff or firm when you turn the steering wheel and the tires should turn without a lot of effort. Soft tires that are under inflated will not be as responsive.
  • Tires that are under inflated will not cushion the bump your car has when running over a pothole. Properly inflated tires absorb the bump not transfer it to the wheels and frame. So hard thumps are not a good sign and indicate the tires need more air.
  • Improperly inflated tires, under inflated tires, can cause damage to the bead that keeps air in the tire, further compounding the under inflation problem.

What our young driver has to know is his inexperience is not the cause; it is simply a part of growing up. We at the Lombardi Law Firm wish this family well. And if you need someone to secure the tires let us know and we’ll do what we can to secure them before the insurance company sells the car for scrap and destroys the evidence.

A news article indicated the cause was a blown tire. The accident occurred at6:41 a.m.

See also these posts on post-accident destruction of evidence:

Call me if you want the tires secured. Steve Lombardi 515-222-1110 or [email protected]

Minimal Crash Report:

 Case Number:

 2012046262

 Type:

 Fatality

 County:

 79

 

 Crash Date:

 08202012

 Time:

 0641

 

 Location:

 EASTBOUND INTERSTATE 80 204 MILE MARKER

 

 Vehicle 1 Year:

 2005

 Make:

 KIA

 Type:

 SORRENTO

 

 Towed By:

 DANSVICTOR

 

 Driver Name:

 MORGAN AUMILLER

 Age:

 18

 

 City & State of Residence:

 MILROY,PA

 

 

 Injury 1 Type:

 Fatality

 

 Name:

 ROBERTAROSS

 Age:

 66

 

 City & State of Residence:

 MILROY,PA

 

 seat belt Use:

 No

 Life saved by seat belt:

 No

 

 Transported To:

 SMITH FUNERAL HOME

 Transported By:

 GROUND AMBULANCE

 

 

 Injury 2 Type:

 Injured

 

 Name:

 LOGANAUMILLER

 Age:

 16

 

 City & State of Residence:

 MILROY,PA

 

 seat belt Use:

 No

 Life saved by seat belt:

 No

 

 Transported To:

 U OF I ERIOWACITY

 Transported By:

 GROUND AMBULANCE

 

 

 Injury 3 Type:

 Injured

 

 Name:

 BRANDON AUMILLER

 Age:

 43

 

 City & State of Residence:

 MILROY,PA

 

 seat belt Use:

 No

 Life saved by seat belt:

 No

 

 Transported To:

 U OF I ERIOWACITY

 Transported By:

 AIR AMBULANCE

 

 Injury 4 Type:

 Injured

 

 Name:

 MORGAN AUMILLER

 Age:

 18

 

 City & State of Residence:

 MILROY,PA

 

 seat belt Use:

 Yes

 Life saved by seat belt:

 Yes

 

 Transported To:

 U OF I ERIOWACITY

 Transported By:

 GROUND AMBULANCE

 

 Summary:

 

 

   

UNIT# 1 WAS EASTBOUND ON INTERSTATE 80 LEFT THE ROADWAY ENTERED THE MEDIAN DRIVER LOST CONTROL ROLLED SEVERAL TIMES ANDCAME TO REST IN THE SOUTH DITCH THIS ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER
INVESTIGATION BY THE IOWA STATE PATROL

 

 

 Officer Name:

 TROOPER SIMMONS 138

 Post:

 15

 

 Assisted By:

 TROOPERS 256 33 48 5

 

 

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