Every Saturday this law firm posts the current Iowa State Patrol fatality and injury report list so our out-of-state clients and potential clients have access to the latest word from the Iowa State Patrol. If you have questions about what the investigating officer's report means, or how to interpret it, give Steve Lombardi a call at 515-222-1110 or send him an email at [email protected]. Here are the injury reports for this past week.

If you follow this link to the Lombardi Law Firm category Interstate 35, I-80, I-235, I-380 Collisions/Accidents you can find most Iowa State Patrol crash reports linked and some, but not all, are analyzed. Look along the left column under The Verdict to see if the date of your accident is shown; if it is simply click on the linked title that should include a date. There are two for every Saturday. One is for fatality reports and the other for injury crash reports. If you or an interested person are in a collision and you would like the crash analyzed you'll need to contact Attorney Lombardi. This may or may not result in an attorney-client relationship and simply asking for a review does not in and of itself create such a relationship. If you ask and Mr. Lombardi thinks you have a case he will say so and provide an agreement for representation that then creates an attorney-client relationship. The bottom line is that Mr. Lombardi has to agree to take you on as a client; the first step of course is asking him. You've got two ways: telephone 515-222-1110 or email sent to [email protected].

Iowa Interstate Highway Car-Truck-Motorcycle Accidents in Iowa
As a 30-year veteran of the personal injury accident scene in Iowa I've seen quite a bit and this week looking at personal injury accidents on I-29, I-35, I-235, I-380 and I-80 this is just one more week of too many accidents with too many people suffering injuries or even death. Here are the accidents to report on, if you're one of the passengers (single car accidents, usually rollover accidents) or the not-at-fault participants in two or three-vehicle collisions give us a call and I'll discuss your options. Whatever you do don't talk or give a statement to the insurance adjuster. Remember their only goals are to figure out how to pay you nothing or to pay you less than the law would otherwise require. If you think I'm wrong just ask yourself if there are any cases where the insurance adjuster paid more than the injured person asked for. "Oh I can't pay you that much, because you're really owed more than you're asking for. Here let me pay you more." Yeah right, there isn't such a case and there isn't such an adjuster alive, not even on Mars. Interstate highway accidents are high speed, high impact collisions that often times cause serious injuries to passengers and drivers. We are here if you need to discuss your claim. Give us a call at 515-222-1110. Crash:

DRIVER OF UNIT 1 WAS SOUTHBOUND ON INTERSTATE 35 NEAR THE 35 MILE MARKER WHEN THE TRUCK ENTERED THE WEST SHOULDER, AFTER ENTERING THE WEST SHOULDER UNIT 1 DID STRIKE A GUARDRAIL CAUSING THE TRUCK TO ENTER THE WEST DITCH, DRIVER OF UNIT 1 WAS TRANSPORTED BY AIR AMBULANCE TO THE HOSPITAL, NO OTHER VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED AND THERE WERE NOT ANY PASSENGERS IN UNIT 1. Drivers name is not reported. He is from Millington, Tennessee and he was lifeflighted to Iowa Methodist hospital in Des Moines. He's 46. No further information was given. He may have an Iowa workers' compensation claim. Accident happened at 12:10 on August 16, 2011 at the I-35 southbound at the 35 milemarker in Clarke County, Iowa. We travel this section quite often and are pretty familiar with the road. Even if the driver fell asleep he's still entitled to workers' compensation benefits. 
CANTWELL WAS TRAVELING IN THE RIGHT LANE OF INTERSTATE 380 NORTH BOUND PULLING A DOUBLE AXLE TRAILER WITH A JOHN DEERE BACKHOE ON IT CANTWELLS TRAILER BEGAN TO FISHTAIL CAUSING THE TRAILER TO ROLL ON TO ITS LEFT SIDE AND HIS TRUCK ON TO IT'S TOP. The driver in this accident is from West Des Moines, Tim Cantwell, 32 driving a 2002 Ford F-350. I just lost mine in an accident on Grand Avenue in West Des Moines. The F-350 is a big truck; it's heavy and rides pretty high. As you can see the trailer began to fishtail; usually that's because of speed combined with a single axle on the trailer. I saw this with a U-Haul trailer out of Michigan which caused the SUV driver to lose control and to rollover causing him brain damage. It could also be because of the way the trailer was hitched to the ball hitch. If it came loose then the chains might hold allowing the trailer to swing from side to side eventually causing the loss of control. Lot's to investigate and if the insurance companies get involved they will run in to destroy the truck, trailer, backhoe and all the evidence. Nice huh? Yeah, that's the insurance business - hold themselves out as your friend and neighbor sort of like a huge squid sucking the life out of your case that goes down the drain with all the evidence. Like I've said before, call a lawyer before you talk with the squid face adjuster.

VEHICLE ENTERING ONTO SB I35 FROM WB HWY 20, DRIVER FELL ASLEEP, LOST CONTROL AND STRUCK BARRIER IN FRONT OF OVERPASS BRIDGE PILLAR. This one indicates the driver fell asleep. He still has a workers' compensation claim if he was working otherwise my analysis is pretty simple. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...... any passengers would have a claim but you can't sue yourself. 
UNIT ONE WAS NORTHBOUND ON I-35 AT THE 93.25 MM WHEN THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND ENTERED THE EAST DITCH AND ENDED UP STRIKING A TREE HEAD ON. In this one 29-year-old Douglas Tedder from Ames, Iowa is said to be driving a Chevy Lumina on I-35 and loses control going into the east ditch eventually crashing head-on into a tree. No passengers mentioned and as I said above you can't sue yourself for negligence. 
UNIT 1 WAS NB ON I29. UNIT 2 WAS ENTERING I29 NB FROM US 34. THERE ARE YIELD SIGNS POSTED FOR MERGING VEHICLES TO YIELD TO TRAFFIC ON I29. THE DRIVER OF UNIT 2 STATED THAT UNIT 1 WAS IN HER BLIND SPOT. UNIT 2 BEGAN TO MERGE ONTO I29 AND SIDESWIPED UNIT 1. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED TO OFFICERS. UNIT 1 HAD SOME PRIOR DAMAGE TO THE HOOD AND FRONT OF THE VEHICLE. I29 WAS HEAD TO HEAD TRAFFIC ON THE SB LANES FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION AT THAT LOCATION.... In this car accident you have two cars in a construction zone on Interstate 29 in Mills County at the 35.9 milemarker in the northbound lanes of travel. It's pretty simple really and appears to be the fault of the driver who is merging onto I-29 from U.S. 34. There is a yield sign - okay so your yield the right-of-way. You don't - your crash - you pay. 
VEHICLE #1 WAS MERGING ONTO I-35 SB AT THE 90 MILE MARKER, DID NOT SEE VEHICLE #2 TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND ON I-35 AND CRASHED INTO THE SIDE OF VEHICLE #1. Here we go with another construction zone merging accident case involving a pickup truck and a car. Similar issues except the trooper's drawing has the merging vehicle further into the interstate lane of traffic. We've all been there, where the car merging thinks it's a race to control the space and that they have some God-given right to take whatever space there is, irrespective of whether or not it makes any sense. Most of the time the accident is avoided; but in this instance who knows, you'll have to talk with the drivers. The squid faced insurance adjusters will run right in to take statements from the drivers trying to get each to admit they did something wrong. My advice is to see a lawyer before you talk. 
UNIT 1 WAS EASTBOUND ON INTERSTATE 80 IN A WORK ZONE WHERE THE LEFT LANE WAS CLOSED. UNIT 1 WAS TRAVELING NEXT TO A TRACTOR SEMI-TRAILER AS BOTH VEHICLES APPROACHED THE LANE CLOSURE. UNIT 1 AND THE TRACTOR SEMI-TRAILER COLLIDED IN A SIDESWIPE-STYLE COLLISION AS BOTH VEHICLES ENTERED THE LANE CLOSURE. THE TRACTOR SEMI-TRAILER CONTINUED EASTBOUND ON INTERSTATE 80 WITHOUT STOPPING. A third interstate highway construction accident; this one on I-80 in Cedar County at 11:05 pm on August 23, 2011. What's interesting about this one is the semi-truck involved just kept going, never stopping. The other guy is Larry Swanson, 60-years-old from Loves Park, Illinois. So this is a hit-n-run accident but with damage. You've got to get the license plate number. 
UNIT 1 WAS TRAVELING EAST ON INTERSTATE 80. THE DRIVER OF UNIT 1 SWERVED TO AVOID A VEHICLE ENTERING THE INSIDE LANE. UNIT 1 THEN STRUCK THE BRIDGE AND ENTERED THE MEDIAN. UNIT 1 CAME TO REST IN THE MEDIAN FACING WEST. ... This is a phantom non-contact two-vehicle accident where the one driver who causes the accident never makes contact with the other car; the other car trying to avoid the crash loses control and crashes. You file under the uninsured portion of your policy but good luck trying to prove the phantom driver was "uninsured". Can you say, major headache? Good luck Zach. 
UNIT 1 WAS TRAVELING NORTHBOUND ON INTERSTATE 35. THE TREAD ON THE DRIVERS SIDE REAR TIRE SEPARATED FROM THE REST OF THE TIRE. UNIT 1 BEGAN TO SLIDE AND UNIT 1 ENTERED THE EAST DITCH AND CAME TO REST. A CHILD IN THE BACK SEAT HAD A MINOR INJURY BUT MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AT THE SCENE WAS DECLINED BY THE PARENTS.. The lesson in this accident is to drive only with good tires. Tough economy means tough economic family decisions. 
UNIT 1 WAS TRAVELING NORTHBOUND ON INTERSTATE 35. THE DRIVER OF UNIT 1 FELL ASLEEP AND UNIT 1 RAN OFF THE ROADWAY INTO THE MEDIAN. THE DRIVER OF UNIT 1 AWOKE AND JERKED THE VEHICLE BACK ON THE ROADWAY. UNIT 1 THEN ENTERED THE EAST DITCH AND OVERTURNED COMING TO REST BACK ON ITS WHEELS. ... One car accident, there don't appear to be any passengers and the driver is reported to have fallen asleep at the wheel. Zzzzzz... 
UNIT #1 WAS TRAVELING WESTBOUND ON I80 NEAR THE 141 MILE MARKER. UNIT #1 TOOK THE OFF RAMP (CLOVER LEAF) TO MERGE ONTO HIGHWAY 65 SOUTHBOUND. UNIT #1 FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON LOST CONTROL AND TIPPED OVER ON THE RAMP, EJECTING THE DRIVER TOWARDS THE GRASS AREA. UNIT #1 CAME TO A REST IN THE TRAVEL PORTION OF THE RAMP....  Driver-rider is Thomas Charest, 62-years-old from Brighton, Iowa. Single motorcycle accident reportedly from a loss of control for unknown or unstated reasons. 
VEHICLE #1 WAS TRAVELING WESTBOUND ON INTERSTATE 80 IN THE LEFT LANE. THE DRIVER DRIFTED INTO THE RIGHT LANE, OVER-CORRECTED BACK TO THE LEFT LANE, LOST CONTROL AND HIT THE GUARD WIRES. THE VEHICLE CAME TO REST ON THE LEFT SHOULDER FACING EAST.... Another single vehicle accident reportedly from the driver losing control and crashing. No passengers reported. Driver is Tammy Daily from Ira, Iowa. Cited for failure to maintain control according to the report. 
UNIT 1 WAS WB ON I-80 IN THE LEFT LANE AND UNIT #2 WAS WB IN THE OUTSIDE LANE AT THE 140 MM. DRIVER OF UNIT 1 HAD HIS CRUISE CONTROL SET AND LOST CONTROL ON THE WET PAVEMENT. UNIT 1 HIT THE INSIDE JERSEY WALL AND THEN CAME ACROSS ALL 3 LANES OF TRAFFIC. UNIT 1 MADE CONTACT WITH THE LEFT FRONT OF UNIT 2. UNIT 1 THEN ENTERED THE NORTH DITCH WHERE IT CAME TO REST. UNIT 2 CAME TO REST ON THE NORTH SHOULDER OF I-80. NO INJURIES.... This accident involves use of the cruise control and makes me wonder if that somehow is involved with other distractions that leads to the driver being at fault for the collision. Those Jersey Walls are there for a reason and it has much to do with keeping colliding cars from crossing over to the opposing traffic and causing a head-on collision. The result is similar to a pinball machine effect on the cars in the same lanes of travel. Two cars, we have one Hunger Couch, 18 and Carol Karns, 58 from West Des Moines, Iowa. Report shows Couch was charged with a failure to maintain control under Iowa Code section 321.288. Mrs. Karns would of course have a claim for any personal injury and property damage. Accident time is 8:15 p.m. at mile marker 140 westbound on I-80 in Polk County. 
UNIT 1 WAS TRAVELING NORTH BOUND ON INTERSTATE 35 AND TOOK THE OFF RAMP TO HWY 30 WESTBOUND. WHILE MERGING TO TRAVEL WEST BOUND ON HWY 30, UNIT 1 LOST CONTROL IN THE MERGE AREA DUE TO THE WET SURFACE CONDITIONS OF THE ROADWAY. UNIT 1 SLID ACROSS THE ROADWAY STRIKING THE GUARDWIRE AND POST. UNIT 1 CAME TO REST FACING EAST ON THE WEST BOUND NON-TRAVEL PORTION OF THE RAODWAY.... 
UNIT 1 WAS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND ON INTERSTATE 35 NEAR THE 35 MILE MARKER WHEN THE TRUCK LEFT THE ROADWAY AND ENTERED THE WEST SHOULDER. AFTER ENTERING THE WEST SHOULDER, UNIT 1 DID STRIKE A GUARDRAIL CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO ENTER THE WEST DITCH WHERE IT CAME TO REST. THE DRIVER OF UNIT 1 WAS TRANSPORTED BY GROUND AND AIR AMBULANCE TO METHODIST HOSPITAL. THERE WERE NO OTHER OCCUPANTS IN THE VEHICLE AND NO OTHER VEHICLES INVOLVED. THE CONDITION OF THE DRIVER AT THE TIME OF ACCIDENT IS UNKNOWN.... 
UNIT 1 WAS MERGING ON TO I235 SB FROM I80 EB WHEN SHE LOST CONTROL STRIKING THE JERSEY WALL WITH HER THE FRONT AND REAR PORTIONS OF HER CAR. 
 VEH #1 WAS EASTBOUND ON I-80 APPROACHING THE RAMP TO SOUTHBOUND I-235 (137A) IN THE EAST MIX MASTER. AS VEH #1 MERGED FROM THE RIGHT LANE ONTO THE 137A OFF RAMP, IT ENCOUNTERED STANDING WATER ON THE RAMP. THE DRIVER OF VEH #1 BEGAN TO LOSE CONTROL DUE TO HYDROPLANE, AND ATTEMPTED COUNTER MEASURES OF COUNTER-STEERING AND BRAKING BUT WAS UNABLE TO RE-GAIN CONTROL. VEH #1 THEN LEFT THE ROADWAY TO THE RIGHT, ENTERING ONTO THE RIGHT SHOULDER WHERE IT IMPACTED STEEL GUARDRAIL BEFORE SPINNING AROUND AND COMING TO REST IN THE OFF-RAMP GORE AREA. ... 
 UNIT # 1 WAS NORTHBOUND ON I-35 AT THE 8 MM. THE VEHICLE HYDROPLANED AND THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL. UNIT #1 ENTERED THE EAST DITCH ROLLING ONTO THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE VEHICLE.... 
 UNIT ONE WAS ATTEMPTING TO MERGE ONTO I80 WB FROM I235 NB WHEN HE LOST CONTROL AND STRUCK A GUARD RAIL DESIGNED TO PROTECT A DOT SIGN. 
 VEHICLE #1 WAS SOUTHBOUND ON INTERSTATE 35 AND REAR-ENDED VEHICLE #2. VEHICLE #1 WAS ORIGINALLY IN THE INSIDE LANE WHEN DRIVER #1 WAS FALLING ASLEEP AND APPAREN ... 
 UNIT 1 WAS EB ON I80. THE DRIVER OF UNIT 1 FELL ALSEEP AND LEFT THE ROADWAY TO THE RIGHT. THE DRIVER OVERCORRECTED AND JACKKNIFED THE ATTACHED CAMPER-TRAILER. THE TRAILER THEN SEPERATED FROM UNIT 1 AND ROLLED IN THE DITCH. UNIT 1 LEFT THE ROADWAY TO THE RIGHT. UNIT 1 STRUCK A MILEPOST AND REFLECTOR POLES. UNIT 1 CAME TO REST ON THE SHOULDER. THE TRAILER WAS TOTALED. THE TRAILER AND CONTENTS WERE PRIVATEDLY TOWED. BOTH PARTIES REFUSED TO BE TRANSPORTED BY RESCUE PERSONEL. THE TRAILER INFOMATION IS: B163910 - MICHIGAN TRAILER PLATE.. ... 
 UNIT 1 WAS WESTBOUND ON I-80 IN THE INSIDE LANE OF TRAVEL NEAR THE 149.5MM. ACCORDING TO THE DRIVER OF UNIT 1 A SEMI IN THE OUTSIDE LANE SIGNALED AND THEN MOVED TO THE INSIDE LANE TO PASS ANOTHER VEHICLE. THE DRIVER OF UNIT 1 MOVED THE VEHICLE TO THE SOUTH SHOULDER OF WESTBOUND I-80. THE DRIVER'S SIDE OF UNIT 1 MADE CONTACT WITH THE GUARDWIRE. THE DRIVER OF UNIT 1 EXITED I-80 AT MITCHELVILLE AND PARKED ON THE SHOULDER OF THE RAMP... 
 UNIT ONE WAS TRAVELING EAST ON INTERSTATE 80 NEAR THE 112.5 MILE MARKER. UNIT ONE WAS DRIVING IN THE RIGHT LANE WHEN UNIT ONE STRUCK THE GUARD RAIL WHILE ENTERING A BRIDGE. ONCE UNIT ONE HIT THE GUARD RAIL UNIT ONE THEN STRUCK THE CEMENT BRIDGE AND CONTINUED TO SLIDE ACROSS THE BRIDGE BARRIER. UNIT ONE CAME TO REST AT THE END OF THE BRIDGE. THE DRIVER OF UNIT ONE STATED THAT ANOTHER SEMIS ATTEMPTED TO PASS HIM IN THE RIGHT LANE. THE DRIVER OF UNIT ONE STATED THAT AS THE OTHER SEMIS WAS PASSING HE THOUGHT THAT THE OTHER SEMIS WAS GETTING TO CLOSE TO HIM SO HE SWERVED TO THE RIGHT CAUSING HIM TO HIT THE BRIDGE. WHEN UNIT ONE CAME TO REST ON THE SHOULDER OF THE ROAD, UNIT ONE WAS HUNG UP AND STUCK ON THE CONCRETE BARRIER. UNIT ONE WAS ALSO LOOSING A FLUID THAT HAD A RED TINT. AFTER VAN METER FIRE DEPARTMENT LOOKED INTO THE SPILL, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE RED FLUID WAS NOT DIESEL FUEL, BUT ANTIFREEZE. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WAS NOTIFIED OF THE SPILL AND THE DOT WAS ALSO CALLED REFERENCE THE DAMAGE TO THE BRIDGE... 
 VEHICLE #1 WAS NORTHBOUND ON I-35 WHEN SHE REACHED FOR HER INHALER AND LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE. THE ENETERED THE MEDIAN STRIKING A GUARD CABLE AND COMING TO REST ON THE INSIDE SHOULDER OF I-35.... 
 UNIT 1 WAS WESTBOUND ON I80. UNIT 2 WAS WESTBOUND ON I80 BEHIND UNIT 1. UNIT 1 SUDDENLY SLOWED DOWN TO LOOK FOR A PLACE TO CROSS THE INTERSTATE. THE FRONT OF UNIT 2 STRUCK THE REAR OF UNIT 1.... 
 UNIT ONE WAS NORTHBOUND ON INTERSTATE 35 AT THE 2.30 MILE MARKER WHEN THE DRIVER FELL ASLEEP AND LOST CONTROL. UNIT ONE ENTERED THE MEDIAN OVERTURNING AND COLLIDED WITH THE SEVERAL TREES IN THE MEDIAN. UNIT ONE CAME TO REST ON THE PASSENGER SIDE. THE TRACTOR AND TRAILER WAS TOTALED AS A RESULT OF THE COLLISION. THE DRIVER HAD TO BE FREED BY MECHANICAL MEANS AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE DECATUR COUNTY HOSPITAL. 
 VEHICLE 1 WAS WESTBOUND ON THE I-80 EXIT 70 OFF RAMP. VEHICLE 1 LOST CONTROL FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON. VEHICLE 1 RAN OFF THE ROADWAY TO THE LEFT. VEHICLE 1 OVERTURNED. THE RIDER WAS THROWN OFF OF VEHICLE 1. VEHICLE 1 CAME TO REST ON TOP OF THE RIDER CAUSING 
Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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If you have been injured due to someone's negligence ,it would best to mind all your actions because some insurance companies will do anything to save the money from compensating your injury. Best to always sought the best ones in town.
by tampa personal injury lawyers December 8, 2011 at 10:14 PM
If you have been injured due to someone's negligence ,it would best to mind all your actions because some insurance companies will do anything to save the money from compensating your injury. Best to always sought the best ones in town.
by tampa personal injury lawyers December 8, 2011 at 10:14 PM
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