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Tractor trailer involved in Iowa accident, 6 people injured

Imagine driving along a busy highway in the right lane when for some reason, you need to slow down. You may figure that others behind you will see that you have reduced your speed and adjust their own accordingly. However, many times this does not happen. People follow each other too closely or get distracted by other things and end up swerving to miss your car or smashing right into the back of it.

This was reportedly what happened during a serious Iowa truck accident recently. Multiple people were injured in the crash, which also stopped traffic on the I-80 bridge for about two hours.

According to reports, the accident occurred when the driver of a tractor trailer swerved at the last second to avoid hitting a vehicle that had slowed down in the right lane of the interstate. The trucker smashed into the railings alongside the road and spun out. At least three other vehicles were hit in the accident and six people suffered injuries.

Trucks cannot stop as quickly as smaller and lighter vehicles can, which is why truckers are supposed to leave plenty of room between the truck and other cars. This recent accident is currently under investigation and it is likely that authorities will look into why the truck could not slow down in time to avoid a crash. 

The aftermath of a serious truck accident can be quite chaotic. People are injured, vehicles are totaled and authorities are trying to figure out what happened. It can be very stressful and frightening for victims who are hurt. Getting medical attention should be a top priority, but victims and their families may also want to think about speaking with an attorney who can protect their interests during an investigation. By speaking with witnesses, collecting information from trucker logs and investigating maintenance records, an attorney can help identify any negligence that played a role in the accident. This can be crucial should victims choose to pursue compensation for their injuries. 

Source: WHBF, "6 injured in I-80 Bridge accident," June 30, 2013

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