According to WHO TV, a tragic wrong-way crash between a semi truck and a car resulted in one fatality late last month. The accident happened on I-35 southbound near Cumming at around 3:15 a.m. on a Wednesday.
Investigators determined that a passenger vehicle was traveling north in the southbound lanes when it struck a semi truck from Casey’s General Store. Responders pronounced the driver of the car dead at the scene. Authorities closed the southbound lanes for several hours to clear the wreckage and investigate the underlying cause of the crash.
If you sustained serious injuries or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle collision with a wrong-way driver, your family may be entitled to compensation. To determine if you have grounds for a claim, turn to Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC.
A compassionate Cedar Rapids accident attorney from our firm will review the circumstances of your crash, gather evidence of liability, track damages, and negotiate with the opposing party on your behalf. Call 319-393-1020 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Iowa?
Losing a loved one in a preventable accident is utterly devastating. Although securing a settlement for the damages will not bring the deceased back, it can ensure you do not have to worry about making ends meet while grieving.
In the state of Iowa, the following parties may file a wrongful death claim:
- The administrator of the deceased’s estate;
- The spouse and minor children of the deceased;
- Any adult children of the deceased; and/or
- The surviving parents of the deceased.
If the deceased did not leave a comprehensive estate plan, the courts may have to name an administrator before the wrongful death lawsuit can proceed.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Iowa?
In Iowa, one of the above parties must file the wrongful death claim within two years of the fatal accident. If the claimant fails to bring the lawsuit before the deadline has passed, the court will refuse to hear the case; however, there are some exceptions to this statute, which is why it is wise to discuss your situation with an attorney as soon as possible.
If you were hurt in a catastrophic wreck or lost a loved one as the direct result of someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior, contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC today. A Cedar Rapids accident lawyer can assess your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Call 319-393-1020 to schedule a free consultation. You can learn more about filing a car accident lawsuit in the state of Iowa by visiting the USAttorneys website.