Most drivers assume that if another vehicle rear ends them, the other driver is automatically at fault. While this may generally be true, it is still important to understand how the negligence laws work in your state and seek legal help to avoid confusion or disappointment.
A three vehicle crash involving a truck driver took the life of one female near Iowa City on a Monday afternoon.
Dump truck rear ends a driver on a highway and kills her
The Iowa State Patrol believes that the 57 year old female victim was slowing down for traffic ahead while she was on Interstate Highway 80 eastbound near mile marker 139. She was rear ended by a large dump truck operated by a 41 year old male from West Des Moines, who was not injured during the crash.
Rescue crews responded to the scene, but they confirmed that the woman had died by the time they arrived. A full investigation was still pending to determine an exact cause of the accident and the woman’s death. There was also no information available about the third car involved in the crash.
Altoona is several miles west of Iowa City near Des Moines.
Is the truck driver always responsible for rear ending another car?
In many cases, when a driver hits another vehicle from behind they will usually be found to be at fault or negligent. However, this is not always necessarily true. Iowa uses a modified form of the comparative negligence doctrine to determine who will prevail in a lawsuit and how much they will be awarded. Most of what lawyers who practice personal injury law deal with on a daily basis are actually cases related to negligence. Negligence is a very broad area of the civil law that includes most car and truck accidents.
This form of comparative negligence allows fault to be divided between everyone involved in the crash to equal one hundred percent. This is true whether there are two, three, or more drivers involved. A driver who is partially at fault can still recover damages, however their reward will be diminished by their level of fault. Iowa’s negligence laws have one other very important point. If the plaintiff’s level of fault in the accident is greater than any of the defendants who they are suing, they cannot receive any money from that party.
Get more information from a lawyer in your area
If you would like to learn more about how Iowa’s negligence laws work or speak with an attorney after you have been involved in an accident, there are lawyers in your area who can provide all of the necessary information you need. Get in touch with:
1921 51st Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-2400