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1 dead, 4 injured in crash caused by slush-covered roads

A car accident that occurred in Iowa on April 3 left a 71-year-old man dead. According to the Woodbury County Sheriff's Department, the crash took place on Interstate 29 near Salix at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The 71-year-old man was reportedly traveling in the northbound lanes when he lost control of his SUV and crossed the median into oncoming traffic, police said. The SUV struck two vehicles in the southbound lanes of I-29. Police said another accident involving two vehicles then occurred in the same vicinity of southbound I-29. Four people were hospitalized as a result of the initial crash. Medical personnel released them all from a nearby hospital after treating the four individuals for their injuries.

Authorities stated that they suspect road conditions were partly to blame for the crash. They said that the road was covered in slush and that drivers were traveling at speeds too high for the road conditions. However, authorities noted that they were still investigating the accident.

If a car accident is caused by road conditions, a driver can still be found liable for causing the accident. That is because drivers who operate a vehicle in poor conditions are still responsible for practicing due diligence. Thus, they are responsible for driving a safe distance behind other vehicles and at a safe speed for the circumstances.

Those who are injured in a car crash caused by a driver's failure to take reasonable safety precautions consistent with poor road conditions may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who was found to be liable for the accident. With the help of an attorney, the victims may seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and even pain and suffering .

Source: KTIV, "UPDATE: Authorities release the name of the person killed after a collision on I-29 near Salix, Iowa Thursday", Al Joens, April 03, 2014

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