I’ve covered so many intersection collisions that whenever I approach one my head swivels both ways multiple times. I slow down, look and try to get eye contact with the driver who is closest to the intersection that would be the one who might pull out in front of me. Call me paranoid, or just over sensitive, but this case demonstrates why. Who wouldn’t see a motor home? Who after looking at a motor home would pull out in front of it?

Here is a KCCI story about three people either injured or killed after a small SUV pulled away from a stop sign and directly into the path of an oncoming motor home.

And this brings up another point about insuring elderly drivers, like your mother and father. Do not under any circumstances lower their insurance limits just because they are old and you think they drive slowly. The driver of the SUV can be sued by her passenger’s estate and the both the driver and passenger of the motor home. Consider the cost of paying for the motor home. The property damage claim alone could easily be between $50,000 and $100,000. And what about the death claim?

I rest my case.

Women killed in motor home, SUV crash, KCCI 8

The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred around 9:35 a.m. on Thursday, about five miles south of Mount Pleasant.

The patrol says a motor home driven by 63-year-old Bernard Meyer, of Buckner, Mo., was headed south on U.S. Highway 218 when the sport utility vehicle pulled into its path at the highway intersection with Salem Road.

Meyer wasn't injured, but his passenger, 71-year-old Joann Meyer, also from Buckner, Mo., was taken to Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant.

Two women in the SUV were killed. The patrol identified them as 71-year-old Fae Black, who was driving, and 75-year-old Janet Long

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