Accident Protection: What You Need to Know

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Accident Protection: What You Need to Know

An Iowa man’s ticketing story went viral early last week when he refused to pull over while taking his pregnant wife to the hospital. The man caught law enforcement’s attention going 30 mph over the speed limit. Because he refused to stop, the officer disabled the car’s tires with blow-sticks. The couple was held at gunpoint until officers assessed the situation and determined that the wife was in an emergency condition.

The man now faces two citations: a speeding ticket for going 86 in a 55 miles-per-hour zone, in addition to failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. In situations like these cooperation is key. Had he initially pulled over, the officer would have been able to assess the situation quickly and provide the couple with an escort to the hospital.

Another incident this weekend took a tragic turn when a young Des Moines woman was involved in a fatal hit-and-run. While police have ruled out speed and drug and alcohol impairment, Iowa law states that an individual must stay at the scene of an accident should it result in bigger injuries or damages. The young woman is now charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and lack of insurance. Police say that if she stayed at the scene, she probably would not have been arrested, but rather ticketed.

Regardless of fault, leaving the scene of an accident is usually considered a hit-and-run. Penalties can be quite severe, with fines running anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000, and the threat of incarceration is very real. If you are involved in an accident remember these tips to help your case:

  • Stop your car. Get out and investigate the scene, checking for injuries. Provide aid if someone is injured
  • Call the police.
  • Do NOT leave the scene or tamper with evidence.
  • Take photographs of the scene and any injuries or damages caused in the accident
  • Report the accident to your insurance company
  • Do not discuss the case with others. Social media can hurt a personal injury case (link back to previous blog), so make sure you recheck your privacy settings and post as little as possible.
  • Contact an attorney as soon as possible. Knowledgeable personal injury firms, like Beattie Law Firm, can guide you through the process

At Beattie Law Firm we realize that accidents are stressful, emotionally charged situations. No matter how careful we are, sometimes they just happen. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident resulting in injury, know that we have your best interest in mind. Call us at 515-263-1000 for a free consultation.