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GM to recall nearly 52k new model SUVs with software issue

Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 6:33 pm    

Automaker General Motors Co. (GM) recently issued a recall of at least 51,640 recent Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) due to a software malfunction that may fail to give accurate fuel level reading in the vehicles, Bloomberg stated on May 4.

GM identified that the 2014 models of GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, and Chevrolet Traverse may have an issue in the engine control system. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), unexpected engine stalling that may lead to traffic accidents could occur in affected SUVs if drivers are unable to determine the accurate fuel reading. The SUVs will be repaired by GM dealers by re-calibrating their fuel systems for free.

If you believe you have been injured by a defective vehicle in the Cedar Rapids area, the legal team at Leehey Olson Law, P.C. may support your case and could possibly help you recover from a financial loss. Speak with us today by calling (319) 294-4424, and find out how we may assist you.    

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 kwwl.com 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 Leehey Olson Law, P.C. go out to the family and friends suffering through this recent loss.

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 Leehey Olson Law, 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 Leehey Olson Law, P.C., could help you hold careless drivers accountable. Speak with a member of our legal team today by calling (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 Leehey Olson Law, 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 Leehey Olson Law, P.C. send their sincere condolences to anyone affected by this tragedy.

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 Leehey Olson Law, 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.

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