An Iowa car accident lawyer notes a wrong-way driver smashed head-on into a vehicle carrying two police officers and a prisoner, killing all three. The wrong-way driver also died in the crash on Interstate 80 as officials are trying to piece together a timeline of what happened using police dispatch calls and traffic camera video. Iowa car accident attorneys can help injured parties and the families of those killed in car accidents.
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Officials: Wrong-Way Driver Had Previous Driving Offenses
Desmoinesregister.com reports that two of the accident victims were law enforcement officials within the Des Moines, Iowa, police department, marking only the first and second officer deaths to occur in almost a decade. An investigation into a fatal accident that claimed the lives of four people revealed that the driver believed to have caused the crash had been cited at least 12 times previously for various infractions.
The man was said to be travelling westbound in the highway’s eastbound lanes when he collided head-on with the police SUV. Inside the vehicle were the two law enforcement officials and a prisoner they were transporting. An additional investigation into the wrong-way driver revealed that he had been cited previously for numerous speeding and moving violations, including Operating While Impaired (OWI) and failure to obey a traffic control device, among other charges. However, authorities haven’t said whether alcohol played any role in the fatal crash that occurred along Waukee, Iowa’s Interstate 80, the website reported.
How an Iowa Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
Drivers or passengers who are injured in car accidents may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from their injuries, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
The families of those killed may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
If the actions causing injury are malicious or so reckless that intent to harm can be inferred, the responsible party can be liable for punitive damages to punish wrongful conduct and deter similar conduct in the future.
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