There is a pickup truck accident reported to be at 7455 67th Avenue Northeast of Baldwin on August 22, 2014 at about 6:32 PM in Jackson County. In the box for the driver’s name the report simply says, “Under investigation”. There are two people in the truck, a 63 year old man who died and a 31 year old man, in the report named as Dustin M. DeMoss of Monmouth, Iowa. Mr. DeMoss was seriously injured and was airlifted by air ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospital’s & Clinics. State Troopers do an excellent job of investigating car and truck accidents involving fatalities. The Iowa State Patrol accident investigators are trained and run a professional law enforcement agency. Until the full report is released we can’t know if both drivers were ejected from the vehicle or were thrown around the inside of the cab to such a degree that it was unclear.

The Maquoketa Sentinel-Press news story shows the driver to be Donald Lloyd Morris, 63 of Davenport.

“Morris dies in automobile crash

A Davenport man was killed and a Monmouth resident was injured in a single-vehicle accident that occurred last week near Baldwin.
Donald Lloyd Morris, 63, of Davenport died in the mishap and Dustin M. DeMoss, 31, of Monmouth received serious injuries.
The accident occurred at 6:32 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at 7455 67th Ave., rural Baldwin. The location is approximately two miles northeast of Baldwin.”

These make very interesting civil cases and there are many ways to get a pretty good idea of who was driving. The pre-accident evidence is extremely important and disappears as time goes on. Once the Troopers draw conclusions serious consequences flow including criminal charges along with civil penalties. If the troopers conclude one was the driver the insurance company can and usually will deny the claim against the driver, so an early investigation can make all the difference in the world.

Several years ago I was called upon to represent a widow whose husband drove a semi-truck and he was killed in a multiple semi-truck collision in northern Wisconsin. By flying to the scene and conducting interviews I found a witness who helped everyone understand how the accident happened and was able to uncover an important detail. The detail involved a mechanic who removed and then marked the tires as to position on the vehicle.

The mechanic who removed the front tires of the semi had mislabeled them and from that mistake the troopers concluded the semi had blown a tire, when in fact he had simply drifted across the center line. A blow tire makes a semi very difficult to control, but an overworked driver simply falls asleep. Had that fact remained unchallenged the widow’s negligence claim against the third party driver and company he worked for would have been lost. After the mechanic admitted his mistake the claim was able to proceed and concluded with a $650,000.00 settlement for the man’s estate.

My point is a simple one. What personal injury lawyers do in learning their profession can be extremely important to people when it counts. Some people like to criticize personal injury lawyers and to malign us for what we do and say. But I never apologize for what I do as a professional because more times than not what I do makes the difference between people being treated fairly and receiving what they are entitled to under the law or having the insurance industry swat them out of the way like a bug on the windshield. I grew up without father. He died when I was just twelve. My mother was a widow and she never received a dime from anyone responsible. That was her choice, but her five children lived with the consequences of her very limited financial support that mending other peoples’ clothes provided. In life we had very narrow options. America has the best civil justice system in the world and it doesn’t have to be like it was for the five Lombardi children.

What I do helps widows and orphans get a step up in life or helps normal working people try and get back to square one.

For that I will never apologize. I wish you well and below you can read the ISP Preliminary Crash Report.

Steve Lombardi

Minimal Crash Report:

 Case Number:

 2014049269

 Type:

 Fatality

 County:

 49

 Crash Date:

 08222014

 Time:

 1832

 Location:

 7455 67TH AVE NE OF BALDWIN

 

 Vehicle 1 Year:

 1996

 Make:

 ISU

 Type:

 HOMBRE PICKUP

 Towed By:

 B AND G MAQUOKETA

 Driver Name:

 UNDER INVESTIGATION

 Age:

  

 City & State of Residence:

  

 

 Injury 1 Type:

 Fatality

 Name:

 DONALD LLOYD MORRIS

 Age:

 63

 City & State of Residence:

 DAVENPORT,IA

 seat belt Use:

  

 Life saved by seat belt:

  

 Transported To:

  

 Transported By:

  

 

 Injury 2 Type:

 Injured

 Name:

 DUSTIN M DEMOSS

 Age:

 31

 City & State of Residence:

 MONMOUTH,IA

 seat belt Use:

  

 Life saved by seat belt:

  

 Transported To:

 UIHC

 Transported By:

 AIR AMBULANCE

 

 Motor Carrier Info (IF Large truck is involved)

 Name of Carrier:

  

 DOT or MCC #:

  

 City & State of Carrier:

  

 Hazmat Involved?:

  

 

 Summary:

 

   

REPORT UPDATED WITH RELEASE OF FATAL NAME, THE PICKUP WAS SOUTHBOUND ON
67TH AVE FROM 80TH ST, WENT OFF THE ROAD TO THE RIGHT, OVER CORRECTED TO
THE LEFT LOST CONTROL AND WENT OFF THE ROAD AND ROLLED INTO THE DITCH,
ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION
OFFICER NAME: 363NELSON . POST: 12

 

 Officer Name:

 363NELSON

 Post:

 12

 Assisted By:

 ISP 288,399,349

 

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