There are many types of accidents that can take place in Iowa, many of which lead to serious injuries or even death. While car accidents are among the most common, motor vehicle accidents in general have the power to drastically change a victim’s life completely and forever.
Not many people are aware that the same basic laws regarding safety on the road apply to all types of motor vehicles. Cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, even boats all have strict regulations that drivers must adhere to, especially when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs or speeding.
Just a few weeks ago, an Iowa man was killed in northern Bayfield County in a snowmobile accident while on a snowmobile trail roughly two miles south of the Cornucopia in the town of Bell. According to authorities, an emergency response team arrived at the scene, including the South Shore Ambulance Service, Herbster and Cornucopia fire departments, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Border Patrol and deputies from the sheriff’s office.
It appears the driver crashed into a tree and died on impact. The victim, a 43-year-old man whose name was not immediately released, had been with a group of nine others who had left the Iron River area for trail riding earlier in the day. It is believed the snowmobile accident was the direct result of speeding and alcohol.
In Iowa, strict OWI laws are in place. It is against the law for drivers 21 years of age and older to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 percent or above. The BAC limit for minors is much lower, at only .02 percent. Anyone who is caught exceeding these BAC limits will be arrested for Operating While Intoxicated, but the real danger lies in the fact that driving while impaired can lead to serious injuries and fatalities.
The snowmobile driver’s death is an example of the severity of operating a motor vehicle while impaired. No one else was injured, but many OWI accidents involve other drivers or pedestrians and result in multiple injuries.
Since a snowmobile is considered a motor vehicle, the same OWI laws apply for drivers as they would for automobile operators. Had the victim’s actions caused harm to an innocent bystander, that victim and their loved ones may have been eligible to receive a large recovery for their pain and suffering.
At the Hemminger Law Firm in Iowa, we have seen far too many people suffer life-altering injuries as a result of drunk drivers and have represented the loved ones of those who have died in an OWI accident because of another person’s negligent actions.
Iowa personal injury attorney John T. Hemminger has fought for the rights of drunk driving victims for over 27 years and has been able to recover settlements for his clients much larger than what would have been required to merely compensate for medical costs or property damage. It is important for all OWI victims to understand they have a right to seek legal help and may obtain thousands or even millions of dollars in punitive damages for their pain and suffering.
If you or someone you know was hurt or killed because of a drunk driver in Iowa, contact Attorney John T. Hemminger today to schedule a consultation and protect your rights.