• July 20, 2022

Child Killed, Luis Venales Graterol Injured in Truck Accident in Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, IA -- July 19, 2022, a child was killed and Luis Venales Graterol was injured due to an accident involving an 18-wheeler.

According to initial reports from the Iowa State Troopers, the crash happened at around 5:30 p.m. along I-80-35 in the Ankeny area.

Reports said that 42-year-old Luis Venales Graterol and an 11-year-old boy were in a vehicle which became involved in a three-vehicle collision. It appears that an 18-wheeler "was unable to stop," causing it to hit an SUV and a car.

The 11-year-old boy sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. Venales Graterol had unspecified injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Commentary on Luis Venales Graterol Truck Accident in Des Moines

While the exact details surrounding this crash aren't entirely clear, a tractor-trailer being "unable to slow down" is almost always a sign someone messed up big time. Could this be some unusual case where a truck couldn't slow down due to mechanical defects, road hazards, medical conditions, or some other unpredictable factor? Sure, but that's just not likely. Far more likely is the possibility the truck driver messed up, and getting to the bottom of how and why is crucial for victims and families.

Child Killed, Luis Venales Graterol Injured in Truck Accident in Des Moines, IA

Despite what some may think, even if a truck drivers messes up, things aren't that open-and-shut for victims and families. There are often situations like one I handled not long ago where a driver's mistake was merely the symptom of a larger issue. In that case, a driver was texting his supervisor because this idiot of a boss saw no problems with threatening drivers with their jobs if they didn't respond to him immediately all throughout the day. This predictably led to drivers taking risks behind the wheel that a responsible supervisor would never stand for, and people inevitably got hurt.

At the end of the day, getting people the help they need is important, but it's just one part of the bigger picture. The hundreds of families I've helped following a commercial vehicle wreck also wanted to be certain those responsible for their hardships were being held fully accountable for their actions. Are those steps being taken here?

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