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Elderly man died in pedestrian accident

Posted on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 7:05 pm    

The man struck by a vehicle while walking on a crosswalk lane in Iowa died on June 4, the Sioux City Journal reported.

Robert Ibsgaard, 70, on May 29 was walking on a pedestrian lane across Hamilton Boulevard when he was struck by a vehicle operated by Mark Beltran. The 22-year-old driver reportedly fled the accident scene, but authorities later found him. Though charges of not yielding on a pedestrian lane, fleeing the accident scene, and driving with an invalid license were filed against Beltran, police may file additional charges against him. The incident continues to be investigated.

If a loved one has died by the negligent actions of a reckless drivers, it is important to enlist a lawyer’s assistance to represent you and pursue damages against those responsible. Find out how the Cedar Rapids-based lawyer Leehey Olson Law, P.C., may work for you today by calling (319) 294-4424

Two bars may be held liable in fatal drunk driving accident

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2014 at 6:47 pm    

The two businesses in Iowa that allowed pickup driver Bryan Cornwell to get drunk before he caused a fatal accident last June now face lawsuits holding them responsible, an article by the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier stated on May 23.

The family of Kathlyn Leekley, who died in the motorcycle crash, and Derek Lee Martie both filed lawsuits against Bucketz Bar & Grill and Heartland Acres Agribition. The lawsuits claimed that the two businesses let Cornwell, 22, get drunk by serving him too many drinks. On June 22 of last year, Leekley and Martie were riding a motorcycle home from a date when they were struck by a pickup truck driven by Cornwell, who had a blood alcohol level of 0.214. Leekley died of multiple injuries days after the crash. Martie survived, although he was left blind and with a mangled leg. This March, Cornwell was sentenced to prison for 32 years.

Families who have lost their loved ones in fatal crashes caused by intoxicated drivers often suffer great financial loss in addition to their emotional burden. If you are in this situation, the Cedar Rapids-based lawyers at the Leehey Olson Law, P.C. may represent you. Find out how we may possibly help you recover your financial loss today by calling (319) 294-4424.

Infant dead, 3 seriously injured in western Iowa house fire

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 10:04 pm    

Six-month-old Mayci Colburn-Lerette has been killed and three of her family members seriously injured in a fire that broke out in their western Iowa home, The Des Moines Register reported on May 11.

Assistant Council Bluffs Fire Chief Justin James stated that the fire broke out on the first floor of the home at around 8:00 p.m. on May 10. Authorities are still investigating what caused the unfortunate house fire.

Our entire team at Leehey Olson Law, P.C. would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those affected by this unfortunate tragedy.

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 Leehey Olson Law, P.C. send their sincere condolences to anyone affected by this tragedy.

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.

        

Man injured in Cedar Rapids explosion

Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2013 at 4:50 pm    

A man was injured after a gas line he was working on exploded Thursday morning at 3600 Skylark Lane SE.

Cedar Rapids Fire Department Information Officer Greg Buelow said the explosion happened when Howard Russell, 41, a Q3 Contracting employee was disconnecting a gas line. A concerned home owner reported the explosion to 911. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading. Russell sustained hand burns and was brought to Mercy Medical Center. MidAmerican Energy also responded to the scene to shut off the gas line that had been leaking for over an hour.

Officer Buelow said the explosion incident is still under investigation.

After being injured in an explosion accident, a person is likely to sustain serious and painful injuries. If you have been involved in such an incident due to someone else’s negligence, call (319) 294-4424. The lawyers at Leehey Olson Law, P.C., may be able to help you obtain compensation.

Man dies from injuries sustained in motorcycle accident

Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at 12:49 pm    

Last Friday, a single-motorcycle accident left a 22-year-old motorcyclist severely injured in Sioux City. He was transported to a nearby hospital, and days later he was pronouced dead from his injuries.

The man sustained these life-ending injuries after he was speeding on his motorcycle near 4th and Iowa Street. He collided with the edge of a pick-up truck, and was thrown into the air. One witness stated that the motorcyclist landed roughly 50 feet from the site of the accident, and his motorcycle traveled around 100 feet before coming to a stop.

While he was in the air, the man lost his helmet, as well as his shoes, and therefore suffered severe injuries on his landing. The truck driver involved in the motorcycle accident was not injured. The accident is still under investigation by local police.

 

J.E. Adams Industries Disciplined by State After Worker Loses Part of Hand

Posted on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 8:40 am    

J.E. Adams Industries, a Cedar Rapids company, has been cited by the state under the Iowa Occupational and Safety Health Act. The company makes parts for self-service car washes, according to KCRG.

An accident occurred on May 4, and a man, 43, lost part of his hand on the job. According to KCRG, the company "allegedly failed to provide point of operation guards for a machine that
a 43-year-old man was operating when he was injured." The fine for a violation of this magnitude is $2,500. It also requires that the company install the point of operation guards by the 23rd of August.

The company has the right to protest the violations and fine within 15 days of receiving the ticket. After that, everything is final.

Workplace accident are serious. They can leave you severely injured, permanently maimed, or worse. If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, contact an experienced Cedar Rapids Workers' Compensation Lawyer at Leehey Olson Law, P.C., by dialing 877-209-9452.

1 Dead, Other Injured in Muscatine Accident

Posted on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 10:10 am    

One man is dead and another man reamins injured after a tragic truck accident Monday.

72-year-old Robert Lee Anderson was heading north on U.S. 61 in Muscatine County with his backhoe. This is when 76-year-old Robert Earl Starbuck crashed into the back of Anderson's backhoe, according to Iowa State Police. The Quad City Times reports, "The incident occurred at 11:46 a.m. at mile marker 99."

Anderson, from Muscatine, Iowa, died on the scene from injuries he sustained during the crash. Starbuck, from Clinton, Iowa, was, "transported to Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport," according to The Quad City Times. His injuries are currently unknown.

 

Let’s Make the World Safer for Bikers

Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 at 6:10 pm    

I'm getting really tired of these statistics: Bikers are 30 times more likely to die in accidents than drivers of other vehicles. Fatality rates have climbed among bikers for the last few years – a few percentage points, perhaps, but still an increase. 3/4 of motorcycle accidents involve collision with another vehicle, and 2/3 of those collisions were caused by the driver. These numbers are from a study conducted by the University of Southern California in 2006, by the way. How much longer are things kinds of trends going to continue?

Of course we can't just blame everything on drivers. There are plenty of things bikers can do to make ourselves more safe: Don't speed. Don't drink and ride. Be careful around those sharp curves, dammit. But following every rule will only have an effect on 1/4 of motorcycle accidents – not that that's a small number, but what about the other 75%? The simple fact is that many, many drivers do not keep their eyes on anything but other cars. Motorcycles, bicycles, and people on foot just don't seem to register on some people's corneas. There have been campaigns to raise awareness of this, bikers and pedestrians have taken to using reflective materials and just about anything else we can think of to increase visibility…what else can be done?

Maybe the only way to get people's attention is through their wallets. That's proven to be the case with neligent businesses, anyway. Maybe if every person who caused injury to a biker, cyclist, or jogger had to pay for what they did, and I mean that literally. Pay for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering. Pay for funeral expenses and loss of companionship if the accident ended tragically. I will help anyone who comes to me after being hurt by a negligent driver earn the compensation they deserve. I will keep doing this until these accidents stop.

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