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Semi Accident on I-80 Near Grinnell Takes Life of 4 Victims

A semi truck driver sideswiped a tow semi truck and another semi on I-80 near Grinnell, tragically killing four individuals today. This is tragic news out of Grinnell where many deadly accidents have occurred on I-80 in recent years. The Des Moines Register is reporting that Jesse J. Inman, 29, of Ankeny, driver for Hanifen Towing of Des Moines; James F. Langholf, 50, of Dakota, Ill, driver for Howe Trucking of Illinois; Daniel Walsh, 60 of Des Moines, Iowa, driver for Hanifen Towing of Des Moines; and Herbert Terrell, 54, of Hunting, Indiana, driver for Hiner Trucking died in the accident. You can read the entire article here on the Des Moines Register:

The truck accident is a tragic event for respected Des Moines towing company, Hanifen Towing. Hanifen Towing is a name familiar to and trusted in and around Des Moines for towing services. Over the years we have represented numerous Iowans who have used Hanifen Towing to tow their car or truck after an accident. To learn that the company lost two members of the dedicated staff today is saddening.

Having handled wrongful death lawsuits for nearly 35 years, our firm understands the grieving process these families must be going through at this time. We encourage all friends and family of the victims to offer their support to the families as they go through this terrible and tragic time.

In reading the Des Moines Register article, it sounds like the accident remains under investigation. Accidents involving semi truck vehicles are often complex and involve many factors. Was it driver error that caused the accident? Some rain passed through Central Iowa today. Did weather contribute to the trucking accident? Was the semi truck driver speeding? Was he on his cell phone? The news reports indicate that these are all unknown at this time. Hopefully for the families, someone can provide answers. Sometimes those answers are provided with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney can hire the right experts to conduct a proper investigation. The attorney can help the family deal with legal issues such as statutes of limitations, insurance disputes, wrongful death damages, medical bills, workers’ compensation issues, etc. while the family deals with what they need to deal with, the grief from losing a loved one. Most attorneys, including this writer, represent victims on a contingency fee basis, assuring the person injury victim’s family that they will not be financially worse off by hiring an attorney to help them through the process.

If you or a loved one would like to consult with a personal injury attorney, do not hesitate to contact the personal injury attorneys at The Beattie Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa. You can find our information here:

Be safe!

Nile Hicks