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Husband and wife die in Iowa wreck

According to reports, a crash that occurred during the afternoon on Sept. 27 claimed the lives of two elderly individuals. The senior couple, a woman of 79 and a man of 82 who were from Exira, were traveling just four miles east of Kimballton at the time of the accident.

The car accident occurred on Highway 44 and, according to the Iowa State Patrol, involved one other vehicle. This vehicle reportedly drove over the center markings of the road before hitting the couple's car head-on. Police reported that all of the people in the vehicles were wearing their seat belts.

The driver of the vehicle that went over the center line was a 42-year-old resident of Panora, and he only sustained minor injuries in the wreck. Law enforcement officials did not say whether alcohol or speed were factors in the accident nor specify whether the Panora man would be facing any charges.

Vehicle accidents that result in fatalities can have a tremendous impact on the families that they leave behind. Although some victims have pensions or life insurance, these funds may not pay enough to offset lost wages and deal with future expenses. In addition, the fact that victims' families have to deal with insurance negotiations and funeral preparations can place them under extreme stresses during tough times.

A personal injury attorney could use accident investigation reports in order to prepare a claim for wrongful death against the at-fault driver. If such a claim is successful, the family could concentrate on their emotional recovery without worrying about the financial cost of the death.

Source: WCF Courier, "Elderly Iowa couple killed in head-on crash", August 28, 2013

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