Blizzard Conditions

Last year in Connecticut alone, 300 drivers were involved in fatal car crashes, notes wrongful death experts Berkowitz and Hanna LLC.  About one third of those were speeding-related fatalities. The volatile combination of hazardous road conditions due to bad weather and drivers who speed despite the potential danger were the contributing factors to an Iowa Interstate 35 pile-up which prompted a recent wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

On the blizzardy morning of December 20, 2012, a multi-vehicle auto accident occurred on Iowa I-35, killing two women. Allegedly, truck drivers  Dorothy Motley-Hamilton and Gregory Thompson lost control of their respective semi tractor-trailers, which jackknifed and blocked traffic on the highway. A car carrying Sheila Blood, her fiancé and their children crashed into Thompson’s semi. A third truck, driven by Kim Yang, went out of control and hit the car, causing it to be crushed between the two semis, killing Ms. Blood. In another vehicle involved in the collision, the pregnant driver, Colby Duckett Bostick, got out of her car to check on her young son. She was subsequently hit and killed by another vehicle. At the time, Iowa State Patrol determined that the three trucks that caused the pile-up were being driven too fast, given the weather conditions.

The family of Sheila Blood has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the three truck drivers and their respective trucking companies seeking compensatory and punitive damages, notes Berkowitz and Hanna LLC.

Note: Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not represent any of the parties in this case.

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