Recent Accidental Death and Personal Injury Cases in Iowa, which should never have happened

Accident #1: Volleyball coach killed in crest-of-hill head-on crash 

Shenandoah High School's head volleyball coach was killed in a crash Tuesday, KMA radio reported. The Iowa State Patrol said the crash happened on County Road J-32 at 190th Street about 2:30 p.m. KMA reported that two cars hit head-on at the crest of a hill. Coach Chad Van Houten, 45, died in the crash. The other driver, Larry Wise, 64, of Clarinda, was taken to a hospital. The crash remains under investigation. Shenandoah School Superintendent Jeff Hiser told KMA that counselors will be at the high school Wednesday morning. Van Houten also coached middle school basketball.

Accident #2: Pool Drowning in Mount Pleasant

A 7-year-old girl, Jazmine Roth-Hines drowned at the Mount Pleasant Aquatic Center on Friday night.

The City of Pella continues to defend against a similar situation with two boys who were attending with the Christian Athletes. We assist with representing the father of one of the boys. There was no indication from the Mount Pleasant news articles as to how this could have happened or what mistakes were made by the staff at Mount Pleasant that would allow a 7-year-old to drown. The article doesn’t discuss whether the child could swim, who she was with, whether the pool was cleared every hour, how many lifeguards were on duty, how many adult staff were supervising or other possible issues to be determined.

Girl Drowns in City Pool

Accident #3: Pedestrian Intersection Accident in Atlantic, Iowa

As a personal injury law firm we are currently handling a serious personal injury pedestrian accident in Des Moines. The young man will suffer the consequences of traumatic brain injury for a long time into his future. Being a personal injury attorney with 32+ years of experience in this area I’m familiar with the difficulties the pedestrian can have in rehabilitating following the accident. A head injury, brain damage, spinal cord compression, a broken arm, broken leg and multiple surgeries can take years to get over. So when we take on an Iowa pedestrian accident case we are in for the long haul and appreciate our job is to find and get all the insurance coverage there is because the medical bills alone can be insurmountable. We hope our clients have health insurance but not always. Car insurance helps but it alone may not be enough.

This pedestrian-car accident happened on Highway 6 on the east edge of Atlantic on July 16, 2013. Here is a quote from KSOM’s news report: ““We had a vehicle eastbound through the intersection at Highway 6 and Highway 71 and about 50 yards east of the intersection a pedestrian ran out in the roadway,” said Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green. “The driver tried to stop and was unable to and struck the pedestrian.”


The two photographs show a wide open intersection so you have wonder if the driver had tunnel vision.

Accident #4: A Compendium of Iowa Motorcycle Accidents

In the latest Iowa news the causes of motorcycle accidents included a running dog, a hole in the road and the driver losing control.

Accident number four in Danbury, Iowa has Donald Wunschel of Ida Grove hitting a dog while driving west in the 4100 block of 250th Street. His wife Peggy ended up with Donald in the ditch. They were taken to the hospital in Sioux City. Legal questions will surround the dog, the dog owner’s insurance, the city’s leash law. See 2 injured in Danbury, Iowa, motorcycle wreck from the Sioux City Journal.

Accident #5: The fifth accident from Shelby is an interstate 80 highway motorcycle wreck which is being blame for this 2008 Harley Davidson rider losing control and having to lay down the bike. Our firm specializes in Iowa I-80 and Iowa I-35 motorcycle and truck accident cases. See Hole to blame in motorcycle accident near Shelby, by

Accident #6: The sixth Iowa motorcycle accident is near Mason City. This is a loss of control accident east of Highway 65 along the Avenue of Saints. The man’s name was not given. See Man hurt in motorcycle crash near Mason City, KTTC reporting.

Accident #7: The seventh Iowa motorcycle accident to report happened in Appanoose County where a Centerville man died following a loss of control and crash. This is a June 28th report but I’m a bit  late reporting on these, although before doing so I like to have several for a single post. Here is a quote from the Daily Iowegian article, see Man dies in Friday motorcycle accident by Kyle Ocker.

According to the state patrol's minimal crash report, the fatal accident occurred Friday at approximately 3:36 p.m. a quarter-mile south of the Highway J29 and Highway 5 intersection.

Donald Lee Bates, 63, of Centerville, was listed as deceased as a result of the single-vehicle accident.

Accident #8: The eighth reported motorcycle accident happens in Wisconsin, but is in Iowa County. This is a weird one, although not so strange if you’re a lawyer practicing in the area of personal injury. The police are called following a single motorcycle accident. Here is how it’s being reported. The police arrive only to find out the motorcycle passenger was riding in a group; the group along with the driver had left the scene. That’s not a good situation and is likely to be very ugly. See Wisconsin State Journal as reported by Madison Crime on Twitter. Motorcycle passenger dies of crash injuries, suspected cycle driver arrested in Iowa County. One dead after motorcycle crash in Iowa County, Wisconsin by KWWL.

Accident #9: The ninth motorcycle accident happens on I-35 and as indicated we are Iowa I-35 Motorcycle Accident Lawyers. The cause of this accident is the rear bikes following too closely. The front rider brakes for traffic conditions and the rider to the rear runs into him. Update on I35 Motorcycle Crash

Accident #10: The tenth accident’s cause can’t be determined base on the reporting by KTTC. The rider was Ronnie Roadmaker of Osage who reportedly was killed. See Fatal motorcycle crash in north Iowa.

Accident #11: This eleventh Iowa motorcycle accident is caused by a deer on Interstate 29 between Council Bluffs and the exit at Crescent Iowa. The time is probably important since its 1:00 a.m. back in June. So why is the time important? Because it’s dark and deer would be on the move in this area. According to the reporter, “Trooper Jim Bullington reported that Walker was unable to avoid the animal and laid the motorcycle over. A female passenger, Megan Sue Walker, 36, was injured when she was thrown from the motorcycle. Jeffrey Walker was pinned by the motorcycle but was freed without mechanical means. Both were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.” See Southwest Iowa News and Council Bluffs pair injured in deer-motorcycle crash on I-29. And in another report, 2 people hurt in Iowa motorcycle-deer collision.

Accident #12: Our twelfth Iowa motorcycle accident is a West Des Moines couple inovolved in an accident in Newton County as reported by the Harrison Daily. The cause of the collision isn’t discussed so I’m not able to determine cause without further information. This happened back around the first week of June so they may have already concluded their claims, If not and you need help give us a call. See Harrison Daily and Couple from Iowa in motorcycle wreck.

Accident #13: The thirteenth Iowa motorcycle incident-accident takes us back to Pottawattamie County and a high-speed chase with speeds clocked up to 140 mph. Here is a quote from Radio Iowa. ““He was coming up on the deputy in a hurry from behind,” Danker says. “They clocked him at 78 in a 50 (mile an hour zone) and the deputy slowed down, the motorcycle passed him, he tried to stop him and he took off at a high rate of speed.” Danker says the cycle exceeded 140-miles per hour at times and didn’t slow down much, even when passing through a few small towns.

“The motorcycle would periodically slow down and then speed up,” the sheriff says. “It went through Treynor at about 120 and went through Carson at 135, and continued at speeds greater than 130.” Danker says the results of the cycle passing through towns at those speeds could have been disastrous.” See, Man charged after high-speed motorcycle chase in Pottawattamie County.

The person who was injured was an officer involved in the chase. A deer collided with the officers car and he ended up crashing causing injury and a trip to Mercy Hospital. That will add charges to the long list they will charge the driver with.

Accident #14: For Iowa motorcycle accident number 14 we head up to northeastern Iowa to Cedar Falls. In this one a motorcycle and a truck collided. Flatbed truck was owned by Benton’s Building Center and operated by Wendling of Waterloo, according to the Courier report. The motorcycle was being driven by Trina Cheever of Cedar Falls who was taken to Allen Hospital with serious injuries. Later she was transported to the University of Iowa Hospital’s & Clinics. The cause appears to be the truck driver attempting to make a u-turn (illegal?) and the two wrecked. The location was Lone Tree and Big Woods roads in Blackhawk County. See the Courier staff report at NEW DETAILS: Motorcycle/truck collide in Cedar Falls.

It was just this week I was sitting down with a brain injury rehabilitation counselor who discussed brain injury of soldiers and how it differs from car accident victims. Each can be devastating, but the shell explosion causes a more diffuse axonal damage in the brain tissue. Make no mistake about it the person who suffers brain damage or serious bodily injury needs help from family, friends, a spouse and a good Iowa personal injury law firm. If we can help, please call Barbara at 515-222-1110 or send email directly to Attorney Lombardi at [email protected]. We are here to serve you.

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