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Four injured after pickup collides with garbage truck

Accidents during the holiday season can be especially tragic. This time of year is meant to be spent with family, but getting to loved ones can be dangerous given the weather conditions and the additional number of drivers on the road. Despite the warnings about impaired driving, distracted driving and coping with weather conditions, accidents still happen.

A recent crash out of West Union, Iowa exemplifies this reality. According to recent report, a pickup truck collided with a garbage truck about two miles west of the city. The accident is still under investigation, but it appears that the garbage truck was backing out of a farm’s driveway when the pickup truck collided with it. 

The crash sent several people to area hospitals, including the garbage truck driver, his colleague who was outside of the truck collecting trash, and two people who were inside the pickup truck. The driver and the passenger of the pickup truck were airlifted to hospitals in LaCrosse and Rochester with life threatening injuries.

According to authorities, the driver of the garbage truck was cited for unsafe backing upon a highway, and the driver of the pickup truck would be cited for driving on a suspended license. It remains to be seen how these respective infractions may affect any recoveries in civil actions. As we have noted, a conviction from a traffic violation can be used as evidence in a civil matter. Nevertheless, they exemplify the need to have experienced personal injury attorneys in the event of an accident. 

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