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Iowa woman recovering from truck accident injuries

In many smaller towns across Iowa, street traffic and road congestion are not exactly huge concerns for residents. But the truth is that cities all across the state, including Des Moines, see high levels of interstate traffic from time to time. Delivery and commercial trucking companies often use routes that go right through Iowa towns and the likelihood of being injured in a truck accident is very real for many Iowa residents. 

While a large number of these accidents involve high-speed collisions on the interstate, some accidents happen simply because a trucker has failed to take a basic precaution before getting behind the wheel. A recent accident in Decorah, Iowa highlights just how easily a person can be hurt by a tractor trailer when simple safety measures are missed.

It was late in the afternoon when a 61-year-old woman was standing near her vehicle on a main road where traffic generally passes by safely and slowly. However, the woman was suddenly hit by a truck door as it drove past her. The trucker had reportedly failed to properly close the cargo door and the failure to simply secure this piece of vehicle resulted in serious injuries. The woman was admitted to the hospital where she remained for nearly a week recovering from the accident.

Large trucks can do a significant amount of damage when they are involved in an accident, even in accidents that seem relatively minor. Victims can suffer serious abrasions, lacerations, neck or back pain, broken bones and other types of injuries that can end up affecting them long after a crash. In many cases, people who have been hurt in a trucking accident must deal with long-term and chronic pain as a result of being hit. There may be lost wages, medical bills and ongoing care needs that must be considered after these accidents, which is why many victims work with an attorney to pursue compensation from a negligent party. 

Source: Decorah Newspapers, "Pedestrian injured on Water Street released from hospital," Aug. 20, 2013

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