Your car transports you for all the activities of your daily life. When traveling on Iowa's roadways you don't expect to be in an accident. But they do occur, sometimes causing serious injuries or even death. Collisions are commonly caused by drunk driving or inattentive, reckless, or negligent drivers. Common types of injuries from crashes include broken bones and ligament tears; neck, shoulder, back, and spinal injuries; and open and closed head injuries, including catastrophic traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the actions of another, it is crucial that you contact a lawyer as soon after the accident as possible. Please see our blog posts How A Lawyer Can Help You With Your Personal Injury Case and Why It Is Important To Hire A Lawyer For Your Personal Injury Case for basic information about how an attorney can help with your case.
Motor vehicle operators have a legal obligation to obey traffic laws, to drive safely, and to exercise reasonable care for the safety of other motorists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Many factors can cause accidents, sometimes on their own and sometimes in combination with other factors:
Our Des Moines law firm can help with all types of auto accident claims, including:
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, please take a moment to review the helpful information that we have provided on our blog:
If, after reviewing this information, you'd like to speak with us about your case, please reach out to us through the Web Contact Form by using the "Contact Us" button or by calling (515) 281-1460. We make every effort to provide a same-day response to all communications received during weekday business hours.
Iowa law provides strong remedies if you're injured in an accident. You may be able to recover money damages for, among other things, past and future medical expenses, past and future physical and mental pain and suffering, and past and future disability or loss of function of the body. If the accident caused a death, an additional series of money damages for wrongful death may also be applicable.
We invite you to take a moment to browse some additional information about money damages that we've provided on our blog:
We can help in two ways if an accident causes you trouble at work or results in your firing. First, Iowa law allows you to recover economic damages for lost wages or loss of earning capacity caused by a car crash. Second, our firm also handles employment law matters, including claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act, a federal law that may protect your job if you have to miss work to deal with your own or a loved one's injuries stemming from an accident.
People sometimes prefer to handle their accident claim and deal with the other driver's insurance company on their own. But often dealing with the other driver's insurance company on your own can be very difficult. Endless letters, interviews, and questionnaires, and other insurance company actions can be time consuming, exhausting, and confusing and can jeopardize your legal rights against the other driver. We can help eliminate some of the stress, take some of the weight off your shoulders, and ensure that your legal rights are fully protected.
"Friendly and helpful" insurance claims people who work for the other driver do not have any of your best interests in mind. Dealing with the opposing insurer without a lawyer by your side and standing up for you may result in you getting shortchanged by the other driver's insurer. In addition to assisting with the insurance claims process, we can help identify your various potential claims for damages that can be sought. Please be aware that if the other driver's insurer offers you a fast, early settlement, you're likely getting that offer because the insurer hopes that you'll take it before you have a chance to "lawyer up" and become fully educated about the extent of your legal rights. And once you settle, that's it, no matter how unfair the settlement may later seem to be, so insurance companies have every reason to get you to settle for as little as possible and extinguish your legal rights.
Our Des Moines law firm has tried numerous car accident and personal injury claims. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, please take a moment to learn about your rights by reviewing the information provided on this site. We also offer additional, more specific information about various topics at our on-site and off-site blogs that we hope you'll find helpful. If, after reviewing this information, you'd like to speak with us about your case, please reach out to us through the Web Contact Form by using the "Contact Us" button or by calling (515) 281-1460. We make every effort to provide a same-day response to all communications received during weekday business hours. It'll be our pleasure to meet with you, learn more about your situation, and lend you a helping hand in your time of need.
Erbe Law Firm
2501 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Erbe Law Firm has proudly served clients throughout Iowa since 2005 from our Des Moines offices. We look forward to hearing from you to see whether we can do the same for you.
Harley C. Erbe