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Beattie Law Firm: Headlines Around Iowa

Winter can be a dangerous time of year, as the days grow shorter and temperatures continue to drop. Unfortunately, this past week did not go without headlines.

Car Accidents
A deadly crash on Highway 65/69 killed one and sent six to the hospital. Authorities report that a Jeep rear-ended a Chevy Cavalier around 7PM Monday evening in Indianola, at the intersection of Willowcrest Avenue.The impact from the crash sent the Cavalier into the opposite lane of traffic; killing a passenger in the backseat and sending the driver, another adult and three children to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. The driver of the Jeep was also sent to the hospital, condition unknown.Although there are blinking lights to warn drivers of the upcoming light, residents blame the crash on an abundance of construction and the recently erected stoplight in the intersection. Authorities are refusing to speculate the cause and continue to investigate these claims.   Home FiresHome fire incidents skyrocket during the winter, with propane and heating/electrical units often to blame, and we saw that trend continue in the Des Moines Metro Area over the weekend.
Des Moines fire fighters reported to a fire at 840 17th Street around 3AM Saturday morning. They were able to control the blaze quickly, with no injuries or fatalities, but it significantly damaged the back of the home. Responders were called to a similar fire in Indianola early Wednesday morning.
While five people were home, fortunately no one was injured. Investigations are still underway, but authorities believe that an electrical unit may have caused the fire. A fire in Granger, IA took a fatal turn. Authorities responded to the call early Monday morning. It's reported that at the time of the fire, three people were in the home, but only two were able to escape. Authorities are still investigating causation, but report that the house has been totaled. We encourage clients and their loved ones to be careful and alert, both at home and on the road.

Beattie Law Firm: Learn What We Can Do For You

At Beattie Law Firm, we have represented people in Des Moines and throughout the state of Iowa in cases that involve many different subject matters. Beattie Law Firm's lawyers are here for our clients to provide a high level of aggressive and strategic representation for a number of claims. Follow our weekly posts to learn more about claims we serve, ranging from Car Accidents and Explosions to lesser-publicized services like TBI/Brain Injury.

Holiday Travel Safety Tips

Full of good food, family and friends; for many the holiday season is the happiest season of the year. While this means lots of time with loved ones, it also means lots of time on the road. Traditionally the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for travel, and experts expect this year to be no different. With low gas prices, they're actually predicting that the numbers for Thanksgiving 2014 will top last year's 39.6 million auto-travelers!

Accident Kills 5 in Louisiana

Our team at the Beattie Law Firm is saddened to hear of the tragedy in Louisiana that struck a family of eight, when five of its members were pronounced dead at the scene. According to the news release from the Louisiana State Police, the accident occurred just before 11 p.m. The family was on their way to Disney World when the 16-year-old driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe fell asleep and hit a medium. The driver overcorrected the vehicle, causing it to roll over.

Fire Destroys Business in Des Moines

A Code Red was issued after dangerous black smoke stretched for miles, warning people nearby to leave or take shelter inside, after a Des Moines business caught fire Monday evening.

It's Back! What you need to remember with snow

Snow dusted across the state in the early morning, making for dangerous driving conditions. As you head home this afternoon, and all through the winter months, be mindful of other drivers on the road. The cold temperatures and wind also increase hazards on the road, with patches of (black) ice, flying debris and even distracted drivers.

Keep your home CO free

A hotel in Charlotte was forced to evacuate all guests today following increased levels of carbon monoxide. The cause of this accident was attributed to a fumigation crew's improper equipment use. No injuries were reported and all guests and employees are said to be in good condition. This was an important reminder on just how silent, and potentially deadly, carbon monoxide poisoning can be.

Avoid Dog Bites This Holiday Season

2014 has been a record year for dog bites. The Insurance Information Institute reported 17,359 incidents already-a number that hasn't been seen since 2003. While this spike in bites is troubling enough, data trends show that a majority of these bite victims are bitten by the dogs of friends and family, and more often than not, are children under the age of 10.

Accident Protection: What You Need to Know

Drivers in Iowa are making national headlines and none of it's good. In the last week two Iowans were involved in traffic altercations with very serious, and seriously avoidable, legal implications.


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