There are many ways a family can seek justice for the death of their loved one and the lawyers at Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. have the answers for you.
If your loved one was involved in a motor vehicle accident or was hit while riding their bicycle in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids, you probably have many questions regarding what you can do to seek justice for his or her untimely death. Losing someone so unexpectedly and because of another individual’s negligence is never easy to cope with which is why the wrongful death lawyers at Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. are here for you. Not only are our attorneys well-versed in this particular field of law, but they will help you fight for the justice you know your loved one deserves.
One step you can take in the direction of obtaining justice starts with filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. A wrongful death lawsuit is similar to a personal injury suit as you are entitled to recover compensation for various damages. When filing this type of lawsuit, it is extremely important that you are properly represented by a skilled wrongful death attorney in Iowa City, IA who is familiar with Iowa’s laws as you wouldn’t want to jeopardize your chances of losing your case simply because you wanted to represent yourself.
Now, one of the first hurdles you will likely encounter when looking to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Iowa is proving the driver was negligent in some way. If he or she violated one or more traffic laws, this will definitely suffice as evidence showing he or she was careless and failed to obey the laws they know they are required to comply with. For example, in the state of Iowa, IA State Statute §321.262 says that it is illegal for a driver to leave the scene of an accident. According to the statute, drivers who are involved in an accident are expected to pull their vehicle off the roadway to prevent from obstructing traffic and shall remain at the accident scene until the driver has fulfilled the following requirements when a death occurs:
- He or she shall leave their driver’s license number, automobile registration receipt, or other identification data at the scene of the accident.
[Source: Iowa State Statute §321.263].
The only time an individual is permitted to leave the scene of a fatal accident is when they are seeking medical attention or attempting to report the accident to law enforcement authorities. If a driver leaves for any other reason that is not permitted by law, he/she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor crime.
While proving negligence might seem easy, there are times when drivers who cause a fatal accident hire their own legal representative to work to disprove your allegations. So, if you want to increase your chances of obtaining the successful outcome you and your family deserve, contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. to set up a time to come in and sit down with one of our trained and experienced IA wrongful death attorneys.
You can reach Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. at:
1921 51st Street NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: (319) 393-1020
Fax: (319) 393-4000