The article caught my eye: Fatality reported in Monona County crash, Des Moines Register, November 22, 2011. In it the reporter describes a 1969 Oldsmobile 88 as pulling out of a gas station, heading south on Highway 141, not having control, swerving across the center line and causing an accident with a northbound truck being driven by Joseph Daggett, 24 from George, Iowa.

The big question to answer is why the Oldsmobile was swerving? That implies a certain speed and what some refer to as “peeling out” while gunning the engine. No one can know for sure what happened, except eyewitnesses and from what the physical evidence shows. I certainly can’t tell you the cause while sitting in my chair at the computer. No lawyer can. This is why the relatives of the passenger, Robert Palmer of Mapleton, Iowa and the other driver from George need to secure lawyers who can quickly investigate to preserve the physical evidence and gather statements from eyewitnesses.

Mr. Palmer, the passenger died and therefore he cannot tell us what happened in the seconds before the crash. The northbound driver may not have seen what was going on at the service station. And the owner of the service station along with the clerks on duty may not wish to assist or come forward with accounts of what they saw. After all, any more it’s unnatural for people to ‘get involved’. (You think I’m kidding about uncooperative witnesses? See The Cow Jumped Over the Moon.) This is a prime example of why lawyers are a vital part of the insurance reimbursement system that makes people responsible for their actions and forces insurance companies to pay-to-play the insurance business. So let me ask, what was the driver doing that made him lose control? Is there objective evidence there was a defect in the road, in the car or is this all driver error?

Here is how the Iowa State Patrol describes the accident:

ON 11-21-11 AT APPROXIMATELY 2142 HOURS VEHICLE #1 LEFT THE BP GAS STATION SOUTH BOUND ON HWY 141 IN MAPLETON, DRIVER #1 DID NOT HAVE CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND WAS SWERVING AS HE DROVE SOUTH, VEHICLE #2 WAS NORTH BOUND ON HWY 141, VEHICLE #1 CROSSED THE CENTERLINE INTO THE PATH OF VEHICLE #2, VEHICLE #2 STRUCK VEHICLE #1 IN THE PASSENGER DOORS DRIVING IT UP ON TO THE CURB IN THE NORTH EAST CORNER OF THE INTERSECTION WITH SIOUX ST

Follow this link to view the preliminary report from the Iowa State Patrol.

Fatality reported in Monona County Crash.

Page Headline: November 21, 2011 Iowa State Patrol Accident Report - Monona County, Joseph Daggett, Robert Palmer and LENLEY RAY SCHOFIELD JR.

Description: Securing the Evidence: November 21, 2011 Iowa State Patrol Accident Report - Monona County, Joseph Daggett, Robert Palmer and LENLEY RAY SCHOFIELD JR.

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Page Category: Large Damage, Major-Serious Injury and Death Cases

Page URL:http://www.lombardilaw.com/library/2011.11.21._Daggett_and_Palmer_and_Schofield_Monona_County_Iowa_State_Patrol_Crash_Reports.pdf

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