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Pedestrian fatally struck in Dubuque County

Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 4:27 pm    

A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a vehicle operated by a drunken driver in Dubuque County, an article by stated on April 6.

Reports from local Sheriff’s deputies show that the deadly accident occurred at around 2:00 a.m. on April 6 on Highway 20 when an unidentified pedestrian was struck by a vehicle driven by Alex Hannan. The pedestrian succumb to death due to critical injuries sustained in the crash.

A charge of driving while intoxicated was filed against Hannan, and he was booked in Dubuque County Jail.

The deepest thoughts and condolences of our team at the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., go out to the family and friends suffering through this recent loss.

Iowa man sentenced to prison for fatal DUI accident

Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 4:28 pm    

A man that caused a fatal roadway accident was sentenced to 32 years in prison on Monday, March 24.

In June of 2013, Bryan Cromwell, 22, of northern Iowa drunkenly struck a motorcycle while driving a pickup. Derek Martie, 24, the driver of the motorcycle, was injured while Katlyn Leekley, 20, died in the accident. Cromwell recently plead guilty to multiple charges including vehicular homicide.

The attorneys at the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., are committed to representing Cedar Rapids injury victims. If your injuries have been caused by someone else’s negligence, you should not be held responsible for covering related expenses. Call (319) 294-4424 to discuss your case with an experienced member of our legal team.

Ignition interlock devices required for vehicles of DUI offenders

Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 7:51 pm    

On March 11, Iowa lawmakers voted to amend the current drunk driving law.

In a vote of 28-20, the Iowa senate approved an amendment to the current drunk driving bill. The change will require drunk driving offenders to have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles before being allowed on the road. The ignition interlock device disables the car from starting if the driver is intoxicated.

Unfortunately victims of drunken driving accidents often suffer from serious injuries. If you have been injured because of the carelessness of a drunk driver, you shouldn’t be responsible for expenses related to your injuries. Attorneys at the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., represent injury victims in Cedar Rapids. To learn more about your legal options, call (319) 294-4424.

Bill approved in Iowa to make texting while driving a primary offense

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 9:19 pm    

A bill that makes texting and driving a primary offense in Iowa was just passed by the state Senate. Legislators hope that the law will lessen the amount of car accidents caused by distracted drivers.

The Senate Study Bill 3191 sponsored by Senator Tod Bowman (D-Maquoketa) was approved on Thursday, February 20. A House deliberation is expected in the following weeks. Under the approved bill, police may cite drivers on the road who are seen using their mobile phones to send short messages.

Before the passing of the bill, people using cellular phones to send text messages were given a ticket only if they were violating other traffic regulations.

Texting while driving can cause serious injuries to other motorists or pedestrians on the road. If you have been injured by a distracted driver in Cedar Rapids, the lawyers of Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., could help you hold careless drivers accountable. Speak with a member of our legal team today by calling (319) 294-4424.


Thousands of Chrysler vans recalled

Posted on Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at 4:57 pm    

Nearly 10,000 Chrysler vans are being recalled due to a design defect.

Reports indicate that the accelerator pedals of 9,655 Ram ProMaster Vans could become stuck while accelerating. Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said the problem was discovered at a Chrysler test track.

Incidents of crashes or injuries involving the affected vans were not reported. Chrysler will repair the accelerator pedal for no cost to the car owner.

Defective vehicle design may result in serious injuries if an accident occurs. If vehicle malfunction is responsible for your injuries, consult with the Cedar Rapids lawyers of Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C.. Contact our office today at (319) 294-4424.

2 sisters killed in fatal head-on crash

Posted on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 8:46 pm    

Two sisters from Forest City instantly died after their vehicle slammed head on into another vehicle in Crystal Lake on Saturday, January 25.

According to reports, the car accident happened at around 11 a.m. when the eastbound vehicle of 19-year old Tiffany and 15-year-old Chyann Banta crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed into an approaching vehicle at B14 and Maple Avenue. The two sisters were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the other vehicle, identified as 68-year-old Steven Hanna, did not sustain injuries in the crash.

The lawyers at the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., send their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Banta sisters who are mourning their recent loss.

Four persons killed, two injured in Fayette County crash

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 11:01 pm    

Four people were killed and two others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident in northeast Clermont on Friday, January 10 said.

Reports from the police stated that the accident happened at around 8A a.m. when the westbound vehicle driven by 28-year-old Shariff Hussein Warsame lost control on Highway 18 and struck another vehicle driven by 57-year-old Tony Alan Schlee. Warsame and his three passengers were killed in the accident. Schlee and his passenger Pamela Ann Schlee were trapped inside their vehicle and were later brought to Palmer Luther Hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

Other details regarding the fatal accident were not available as of press time.

Our lawyers from the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., send their sincere condolences to anyone affected by this tragedy.

Mainstays table sets recalled by Walmart

Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 at 5:48 pm    

Multinational retailer Walmart is recalling thousands of table sets that were sold in the U.S. after several injuries were reported.

Walmart issued the recall on Thursday, January 2. The recall affects over 70,000 card table sets manufactured by the “Mainstays” home goods company. The defective tables and chairs were sold in the U.S. from May 2013 to November 2013.

Injury reports range from minor injuries like back aches to major injuries such as finger amputations. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the table set and return it to Walmart for a refund.

Manufacturers should be held responsible for the injuries that their products cause to consumers. If you have been injured by defective products in Cedar Rapids, contact the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C.. Give us a call at (319) 294-4424 to speak with an experienced professional today. 


Officials cite speed as a factor in the Bronx train derailment

Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 10:06 pm    

Federal investigators said that extreme speed played a factor in the Sunday, December 1 Bronx commuter train accident.

An expert from the National Transportation Safety Board said that, based on the data from the locomotive’s system, the train was traveling at 82 mph as it neared a curve with a maximum speed of 30 mph.

Train engineer, William Rockefeller, reportedly failed to apply the brakes as it came near the curve. Rockefeller explained that the train failed to slow down even though he applied the brakes. The Metro-North commuter train went off its tracks, killing 4 people and injuring 67 others.

The attorneys of the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., extend our sincere condolences to those affected by this tragic accident.

Recorded number of traffic deaths in Iowa low this year

Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 8:52 pm    

The number of traffic-related deaths this year is slightly lower compared to last year’s numbers, according to a report released on Wednesday, November 27.

Compared to last year, the number of road-related deaths recorded fell by 42 this year, with a total of  280 thus far compared to last year’s 322, Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright said. He also stated that he believes most people who were involved in serious accidents this year survived because of the road improvements made on the Iowa Interstates, like the cable lines that were installed in the median lane to prevent vehicle from crossing to the other lane. Sgt. Bright also noted that increased road enforcement, educated drivers, and advance safety and design developments in vehicles helped ccount for the dip in traffic deaths.

The legal team at Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., helps people in Iowa who have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Call us at  (319) 294-4424 to talk with us if you are dealing with such a situation and want to know what legal options are available to you.

Police suspect abusive behavior led to a toddler’s severe burns

Posted on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 at 4:44 pm    

2-year-old Tavion Moore was taken to Iowa City hospital after sustaining severe second and third degree burns on his hands. Tavion was under the care of his fathers girlfriend when the incident occurred.

The girlfriend of the boy’s father said the burn was an accident caused by the dishwasher. After examining the burns, Sgt. Steve Woody said that they appear to be signs of abuse. According to a medical professional, the burns were caused by extremely hot water or oil.

Extra care and protection must be extended to children since they are not able to fully protect themselves from hazardous situations. When a child sustains injuries due to negligence in the Cedar Rapids area, contact the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., at 319-294-4424 to find out available legal provisions.

Meat products with possible contaminants recalled

Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 6:57 pm    

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled over 22,000 pounds of food due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogene bacteria. This bacteria can cause Listeriosis, an infection that is potentially fatal. Symptoms of Listeriosis include fever, muscle aches,  and digestive complications.

The products recalled include chicken salad, ham salad, potato salad, and barbecue beans with beef. The products were distributed widely across the United States and Canada.

The contamination was detected upon a food retesting ordered by the Food and Drug Administration and conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

So far, there have not been any reported cases of illness relating to the recalled products. Federal agencies are still urging consumers that have bought the products to return them immediately.

Becoming ill from contaminated foods and other products can cause an array of health complications. If you have encountered a harmful product in the Cedar Rapids area, contact the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., at (319) 294-4424 to find out what we can do for you.


15 million defective surge protectors recalled

Posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 10:02 am    

Schneider Electric IT Corp voluntarily recalled millions of defective electrical surge protectors due to a risk of overheating and causing fires, according to Reuters on Thursday, October 3.

The company is recalling 15 million “SurgeArrest” series 7 and 8 surge protectors sold in the U.S. after receiving reports in which the defective devices overheated and caused fire. About $1.7 million worth of damages affected home and medical properties, and 13 people suffered from burn injuries and inhalation of smoke.

Consumers are advised to avoid using the recalled electrical devices that were sold from 1993 until 2002 and return it immediately for a
product replacement.

Sadly, at the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., our lawyers know that many people in Cedar Rapids sustain serious injuries as a result of defective electrical
devices. If you or a loved one has been harmed by these surge protectors or other unsafe products, call us at (319) 294-4424 to find out how we may be able to help you.

Contaminated sunscreen lotions for kids and babies recalled

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 9:27 am    

Thousands of potentially contaminated baby and kids’ sunscreen lotions have been voluntarily recalled by W.S. Badger Co. Inc. News of the recall was reported on Wednesday, September 25 by NBC News.

The recall affects at least 30,000 4 oz. SPF 30 baby and kids sunscreen lotions that may contain Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida parapsilosis, and Acremonium fungi. The mentioned microbial contaminants are known to be hazardous to humans and animals. According to the manufacturer, though the recalled products had passed the required test before being released to the market, its preservatives were found to be compromised after a routine re-testing was performed.

There were no reported illnesses linked to the recalled sunscreen lotions, and consumers were advised to immediately avoid using the product and return it for a refund.

Suffering illnesses caused by recalled products can have serious consequences for the victim and their family. Thus, if you or a loved one has been harmed by a negligent manufacturer in Cedar Rapids, get in touch with a lawyer at the Pete Leehey Law Firm. Call (319) 294-4424 today to learn more about your legal actions.          

2 million electric dehumidifiers with fire risk recalled

Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 8:32 am    

Over 2 million electric dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances are being recalled due to overheating problems that may lead to fires, a USA Today report stated on September 12.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the defective appliances, of various brands and weights, caused 46 fires and around $2 million of property damage. The agency said no one was reportedly injured by the defective dehumidifiers that caused fire. The recalled appliances were sold in major stores in the U.S. and Canada from 2005 through August 2013.

Gree Electric Appliances said in a press release that consumers who own the recalled dehumidifiers should immediately stop using it and call their office for a refund.

Although no one was injured by this particular unsafe product, the legal team at Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., knows that many in Cedar Rapids are injured by defective products. If you or a loved one has been harmed by an unsafe product, call (319) 294-4424 to find out if you are eligible to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer or other party.

2,929 defective Jaguars in the U.S. to be recalled

Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 8:00 am    

Some 2,929 Jaguar cars in the U.S. will be recalled due to
possible stalling issues and a defective power window switch that can possibly injure
its occupants, according to a report on the 15th of August.

Stalling issues and loss of brake and steering assistance may occur in 940 XF 2-liter GTDi vehicles if
the hose clamp of the charge air cooler becoes detached. The recall also affects
1,989 XK convertibles model 2011-2013 where a defective switch may accidentally
activate the power window and injure the arm or finger of an occupant.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the two issues
will be addressed by Jaguar dealers starting September 27 by either changing or
inspecting the concerned parts of the cars for free.

Our lawyers

At the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., help victims of car accidents in Cedar Rapids caused defective
 to seek compensation from negligent car manufacturers. Call (319) 294-4424 today
to learn more about your legal options in such a situation.

13,000 Nissan hatchbacks with defects to be recalled

Posted on Thursday, August 15th, 2013 at 8:00 am    

Japanese automaker Nissan recently issued two recalls that affect 13,000 2014 vehicle models, including the Versa Note, a report stated on Tuesday, August 6.

In the first recall, 7,707 2014 Note hatchbacks have loose or missing bolts on
the lower body sill. The second recall affects around 7,782 vehicles with a defective latch bolt that can be found in the back seat. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these recalls are being made as the defects can result in injuries if a car accident occurs. All owners of these affected vehicles are advised to have their cars fixed by their dealers for free.

Unfortunately, thousands of Americans sustain injuries every year due to defective vehicles. In these situations, victims can often seek compensation and justice from the negligent manufacturer at fault. Talk with a lawyer from the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., if you’ve been injured in such a car accident in Iowa by calling (319) 294-4424 today.

Basketball player P.J. Hairston suspended for reckless driving

Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 at 4:23 pm    

A basketball player at the University of North Carolina (UNC) was suspended by his coach from playing after he was charged with reckless driving
on afternoon of Sunday, July 28.

UNC’s P.J. Hairston was indefinitely suspended by his coach Roy Williams hours after he was pulled over by Highway Patrol on southbound I-85 around 4 p.m. Hairston was charged with speeding, and careless and reckless driving. The incident was not Hairston’s first time to get in trouble with the law, as he was arrested last month for illegal possession of marijuana and driving without a license. The charges were dismissed by the court after the basketball player complied with court conditions.

Sadly, many people in Cedar Rapids sustain injuries every year due to reckless drivers. If you have been injured in such a car accident, speak with a lawyer at the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., by calling (319) 294-4424 to discuss your legal options.

Korean pilot in fatal crash lacked experience in landing Boeing 777 in SF

Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 5:01 pm    

Asiana Airlines said the pilot flying the plane that crashed in San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, July 6 had no experiencing landing a Boeing 777 at that airport.

According to reports, it was not the first time that pilot Lee Kang-gook flew from Seoul to San Francisco, and he had also a record of 43 hours flying a Boeing 777. However, at least two teenagers were killed and 182 were injured after the Asiana Flight 214 crashed atSan Francisco International Airport.

In the preliminary assessment by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the plane’s flight data recorder, the fatal accident occurred in just a few seconds. Investigations are still ongoing and making any conclusions at this point is discouraged since all the data in the plane is still being confirmed, Deborah Hersman said.


Journalist who brought down McChrystal killed in crash

Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 3:14 pm    

Seasoned journalist Michael Hastings who wrote for BuzzFeed and contributed to other news sources was killed in a car accident in Los Angeles on June 18.

Details confirming the death of the 33-year-old, who wrote the controversial feature article that brought about the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal, were laregely unavailable after editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed Ben Smith announced his death. However, an incident report on June 17 coming from the Los Angeles police said a fiery crash killed a man near Hollywood. The car reportedly caught fire after it slammed into a palm tree. The driver was so badly burned that authorities had to first determine the identity of the man before confirming any details.

Hastings, who was a contributing editor for Rolling Stone Magazine, also worked for GQ and Newsweek magazines.

The legal team at the Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C., expresses their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Hastings who suffered this loss.

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