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In the News - May 15

Train Derailment
At least seven people were killed and more than 200 people hurt after an Amtrak train derailed and rolled onto its side in Philadelphia Tuesday night. The train was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members.
What may have caused the train to derail? Speed.
It is believed that the train was traveling in excess of 100 mph as it approached a turn rated at 50 mph. The accident is still being investigated.
Toyota has recalled more than 8 million vehicles globally due to problem airbags, causing the passenger and front driver side airbag inflators to deploy abnormally. The recall affects 35 models globally, including Corolla, RAV3 and Tundra produced from March 2003 to November 2007.
Overnight Fire
An overnight furnace problem at a senior home in Urbandale forced residents to evacuate. Officials said one of the resident's furnaces malfunctioned was smoking on the second floor - filling the hallways with smoke.
Car Crash
A two-vehicle car crash in Madison County killed one and injured another on Tuesday evening. Iowa State Patrol said alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.
We encourage clients and their loved ones to be careful and alert, both at home and on the road. Accidents and injury can happen at any time. If you have any concerns or have been injured in an accident, don't hesitate to call us.

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The personal injury lawsuit process is complicated and time-consuming. We at The Beattie Law Firm are skilled at personal injury cases; however, those who have little to know background in law may find the process even more difficult to understand.

Reports show an increase in bicycle/motor vehicle accidents

Stay Out of the Dog House

You already know that 2014 was a record year for dog bites, with over 17,000 claims nationwide. This comes out to more than 45 incidents per day! While statistics like these make bites appear quite common, they can cause serious and life-changing injuries. Severe lacerations, scarring, disfigurement and emotional damage are just some of the impairments you might be left dealing with following an attack. The attorneys at Beattie Law Firm are experienced professionals that will fight to ensure than you and your family get the compensation you deserve following an attack.

AAA Foundation Releases Video of Dashcam Footage of Distracted Teen Drivers

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed nearly 1,700 videos that capture the actions of teens just moments before a crash. The study found that distractions were a factor in 6 of 10 moderate to severe crashes.

Beattie Law Firm: Train Accidents

In 2013 there were 2,087 train crossing incidents reported nationally, resulting in 215 deaths and 929 injuries. These accidents are a deadly and too common occurrence. The organization Operation Lifesaver offers a grim statistic, estimating that a motorist is 20 times more likely to die in a collision involving a train than in one with another vehicle.


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