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8 killed in spate of Iowa auto accidents

Iowa highways have been especially dangerous of late, with eight people dying in a single day. A higher death toll in a 24-hour period hasn't occurred in Iowa since 2003, when 9 individuals lost their lives near Menlo.

In the most recent spate of accidents, drunk driving, running a stop sign, turning in front of a motorcycle and being thrown from a motorcycle were all said to be factors in the four crashes.

In one accident in Benton County, a driver police believe was intoxicated hit a car occupied by a father and his little girl and girlfriend. The three victims died in the crash.

In another case of apparent negligence, the driver of a truck fled the scene on foot after running a stop sign and colliding with an SUV. Two people in the SUV died. At the time of a report in the Des Moines Register, police had still not located the hit-and-run driver.

Two fatal accidents -- one in Taylor County and one in Warren County -- involved motorcycles. A car driver in the Taylor County crash reportedly turned in front of a Tennessee man's bike, and he was killed. And in Warren County, a couple from Des Moines died after they were thrown from their bike.

When tragedies like these strike, individual worlds are changed forever. Families whose loved ones have been killed in auto accidents should be aware of any possible legal action that could lead to some measure of justice. Too often, the criminal courts hand down sentences that, to grieving families, seem too lenient, and a civil claim of wrongful death is the best way of holding the negligent party accountable.

Source: desmoinesregister.com, "Saturday crash toll one of Iowa's worst in a decade," Joel Aschbrernner, Aug. 14, 2013

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