Various types of vehicular accidents can result in death. It is important to explore your legal options if you have had a family member killed during an incident. 

A woman was killed by a utility vehicle in an accident in the Iowa City area. 

Vehicle tips over while driving on a field and traps a passenger

The incident happened in a rural part of Johnson County at Newport Road Northeast. At around 6:00 pm, the Joint Emergency Communications Center for the area received information that someone was injured by a utility terrain vehicle near their home. Police with the Johnson County sheriff were dispatched to the scene. 

The driver of the UTV and one passenger were riding on the vehicle in an open field near the victim’s property. At some point, the driver lost control of the vehicle and it fell over. The victim became trapped underneath the body of the UTV. 

Emergency workers confirmed that a 65 year old woman who was riding on the vehicle had died at the scene. The local medical examiner, along with police and fire departments from Solon and Johnson County planned to coordinate a full investigation to determine the cause of the accident and the victim’s death. 

Bringing a case against a negligent party

Civil lawsuits related to various kinds of injuries and death are a way of helping the victim or their family receive compensation for all of their losses. The lawyer for the plaintiff must prove that the defendant person, business, or entity acted in a negligent or reckless manner that actually caused the injuries. After establishing these elements, the personal injury lawyer can attempt to provide evidence of damages, which is the total value of all of their client’s losses. Serious injuries to a person’s brain or nervous system can result in damage that requires long term medical treatment, which can be expensive. 

Determining the value of the case

The final element of every negligence case is damages. This is the legal term for both economic and non-economic losses suffered by the plaintiff. Non-economic losses can be related to trauma, emotional pain, and psychological problems, while economic damages are more tangible and can be proven by things like medical records and invoices from property repairs. Trying to put a number on all of this can become complex at times, which is why it is important to speak with a local lawyer in your state before attempting to determine damages. 

Learn more about suing the person responsible for your injuries

There are accident attorneys in Iowa City who can assist you with bringing a case against the person responsible for your injuries. To learn more, contact:

Eells and Tronvold Law Offices

1921 51st Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-2400