What’s the likely cause of this interstate 80 driver drifting from one lane to another?

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Distracted driving or falling asleep is the likely reason. Either one of those reasons will lead to failing to properly check mirrors before switching lanes. If you have a similar accident let us help you so you can get back to work earning a living while we litigate your case. We know truckers are all over the country and need to keep driving or if seriously injured rehabilitate; we take over your law suit while you do just that. 
The ISP has three vehicles and three drivers. Jamie Collins from Urbandale, Iowa, then Jacob Middleton from Iowa City and last Donald Cook from Des Moines.
ALL THREE UNITS WERE EASTBOUND ON I-80 AT THE 135.5 MM OF I-80. UNIT ONE WAS IN THE RIGHT LANE, UNIT TWO WAS IN THE MIDDLE LANE, UNIT THREE WAS IN THE LEFT LANE. UNIT ONE FOR A UNKNOWN REASON FAIL TO STAYED IN ITS LANE AND DRIFTED INTO THE MIDDLE LANE AND STRUCK THE RIGHT FRONT QUARTER PANEL OF UNIT TWO. THIS CAUSED UNIT TWO TO LOSE CONTROL AND GO LEFT AND CROSS INTO THE LEFT LANE. UNIT TWO THEN COLLIDED WITH UNIT THREE. UNIT ONE LEFT THE SCENE. UNIT TWO FOLLOWED UNIT ONE AND WAS ABLE TO GETS IT’S LICENSE PLATE.

Crash Information


 

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Date of Accident
1/30/2012
Time of Accident 
05:32 PM
County
Polk - 77
Accident occurred within corporate limits of (city)
Law Enforcement Case Number:
2012006363
Literal Description 
135.5MM I-80 EB
Legal Intervention?
No
Private Property?
No
X-Coordinate:
447982.6
Y-Coordinate
4611048.

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Driver's Name - Last
COLLINS
First
JAMIE
Middle
SUE
Suffix
City
URBANDALE
State
IA - Iowa, US
Zip
503230000
Driver's Age
29
Citation Charge Code 1
Citation Charge 1
Gender
Female
State
IA - Iowa, US
Class
C - Non-commercial vehicle or commercial Veh w/26000 GVWR or less & either 16 Pass Design or Hazmat
Endorsements
None
Restrictions

None
Citation Charge Code 2
Citation Charge 2
Alcohol Test Given?
1 - None
Drug Test Given?
1 - None
Citation Charge Code 3
Citation Charge 3
Citation Charge Code 4
Citation Charge 4
Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver
Injury Status
5 - Uninjured
Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used
Airbag Deployment
5 - Not deployed
Airbag Switch Status
3 - No ON/OFF switch present
Ejection
1 - Not ejected
Ejection Path
Trapped
1 - Not trapped
Transported to:
Transported by:
Insurance Co. Name
Year
2006
Make
Chevrolet - CHEV
Model
IMP
Style
4D
Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
5500
Initial Travel Direction
2 - East
Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight
Speed Limit
65
Point of Initial Impact
03 - Right Side
Most Damaged Area
03 - Right Side
Extent of Damage
2 - Minor damage
Underride/Override
1 - None
Total Occupants
01
Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present
Vehicle Config.
01 - Passenger car
Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable
Vehicle Defect
01 - None
Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal
Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured
Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
First Event
21 - Vehicle in traffic
Second Event
Third Event
Fourth Event
Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
21 - Vehicle in traffic
Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable
Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable
Carrier Name
City
State
Zip
Number of Axles
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
Placard #
Hazardous Materials Released?

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Driver's Name - Last
MIDDLETON
First
JACOB
Middle
POLZIN
Suffix
City
IOWA CITY
State
IA - Iowa, US
Zip
522400000
Driver's Age
29
Citation Charge Code 1
Citation Charge 1
Gender
Male
State
IA - Iowa, US
Class
D - Chauffeur
Endorsements
3 - Pass Veh less than 16 Pass Design
Restrictions

None
Citation Charge Code 2
Citation Charge 2
Alcohol Test Given?
1 - None
Drug Test Given?
1 - None
Citation Charge Code 3
Citation Charge 3
Citation Charge Code 4
Citation Charge 4
Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver
Injury Status
5 - Uninjured
Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used
Airbag Deployment
5 - Not deployed
Airbag Switch Status
3 - No ON/OFF switch present
Ejection
1 - Not ejected
Ejection Path
Trapped
1 - Not trapped
Transported to:
Transported by:
Insurance Co. Name
Year
1999
Make
Chevrolet - CHEV
Model
LUM
Style
4D
Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
1200
Initial Travel Direction
2 - East
Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight
Speed Limit
65
Point of Initial Impact
03 - Right Side
Most Damaged Area
03 - Right Side
Extent of Damage
2 - Minor damage
Underride/Override
1 - None
Total Occupants
01
Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present
Vehicle Config.
01 - Passenger car
Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable
Vehicle Defect
01 - None
Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal
Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured
Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
First Event
21 - Vehicle in traffic
Second Event
06 - Evasive action (swerve, panic braking, etc.)
Third Event
Fourth Event
21 - Vehicle in traffic
Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
21 - Vehicle in traffic
Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable
Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable
Carrier Name
City
State
Zip
Number of Axles
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
Placard #
Hazardous Materials Released?

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Driver's Name - Last
COOK
First
DONALD
Middle
CHARLES
Suffix
City
DES MOINES
State
IA - Iowa, US
Zip
50316
Driver's Age
64
Citation Charge Code 1
321.306
Citation Charge 1
IMPROPER USE OF LANES
Gender
Male
State
IA - Iowa, US
Class
D - Chauffeur
Endorsements
Restrictions

None
Citation Charge Code 2
Citation Charge 2
Alcohol Test Given?
1 - None
Drug Test Given?
1 - None
Citation Charge Code 3
Citation Charge 3
Citation Charge Code 4
Citation Charge 4
Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver
Injury Status
5 - Uninjured
Occupant Protection
9 - Unknown
Airbag Deployment
6 - Not applicable
Airbag Switch Status
3 - No ON/OFF switch present
Ejection
1 - Not ejected
Ejection Path
Trapped
1 - Not trapped
Transported to:
Transported by:
Insurance Co. Name
Year
1997
Make
Dodge - DODG
Model
RAM
Style
VAN
Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
0
Initial Travel Direction
2 - East
Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight
Speed Limit
65
Point of Initial Impact
07 - Left Side
Most Damaged Area
07 - Left Side
Extent of Damage
1 - None
Underride/Override
1 - None
Total Occupants
01
Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present
Vehicle Config.
03 - Van or mini-van
Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable
Vehicle Defect
01 - None
Driver Condition
9 - Unknown
Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured
Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
First Event
04 - Crossed centerline/median
Second Event
21 - Vehicle in traffic
Third Event
Fourth Event
Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
21 - Vehicle in traffic
Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable
Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable
Carrier Name
City
State
Zip
Number of Axles
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
Placard #
Hazardous Materials Released?

ACCIDENT ENVIRONMENT
ROADWAY CHARACTERISTICS
Major Contributing Circumstances:
WORKZONE RELATED?
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
Location of First Harmful Event
1 - On Roadway
Weather Conditions (up to two)
01 - Clear
Environment
1 - None apparent
Location
First Harmful Event of Crash (use codes 11-42 only)
21 - Vehicle in traffic
Manner of Crash/Collision
6 - Sideswipe, same direction
Roadway
01 - None apparent
Type
Light Conditions
2 - Dusk
Surface Conditions
1
Type of Roadway Junction/Feature
01 - No special feature
Workers Present?

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NARRATIVE


ALL THREE UNITS WERE EASTBOUND ON I-80 AT THE 135.5 MM OF I-80. UNIT ONE WAS IN THE RIGHT LANE, UNIT TWO WAS IN THE MIDDLE LANE, UNIT THREE WAS IN THE LEFT LANE. UNIT ONE FOR A UNKNOWN REASON FAIL TO STAYED IN ITS LANE AND DRIFTED INTO THE MIDDLE LANE AND STRUCK THE RIGHT FRONT QUARTER PANEL OF UNIT TWO. THIS CAUSED UNIT TWO TO LOSE CONTROL AND GO LEFT AND CROSS INTO THE LEFT LANE. UNIT TWO THEN COLLIDED WITH UNIT THREE. UNIT ONE LEFT THE SCENE. UNIT TWO FOLLOWED UNIT ONE AND WAS ABLE TO GETS ITS LICENSE PLATE.
 

Officer
GRIGGS
Badge No.
339
Time Officer Notified of Accident
17:32
Time Officer Arrived At Scene
17:38
Name of Agency
P01
Date of Report
1/30/2012
Investigation made at scene?
Yes
T.I. #
Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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