• October 11, 2022

Larry Adams Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on Hwy 17 in Granger, IA

Granger, IA — October 10, 2022, 75-year-old Larry Adams died in a collision with a semi-truck on State Highway 17 in Granger.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:10 a.m. along Highway 17 at Broadway Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a semi-truck was turning from the northbound highway onto Broadway and the driver failed to yield to Adams' approaching southbound car.

Adams crashed into the passenger side of the turning truck and suffered fatal injuries. Two other people were airlifted from the scene to Des Moines hospitals.

No further information is currently available.

Larry Adams Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on Hwy 17 in Granger, IA

Commentary on Larry Adams Accident in Granger

If preliminary reports have their facts straight it seems like the truck driver failed to yield to thru-traffic while turning. Some may think that's all that should be necessary to hold him (and by extension his employer) accountable for the terrible damage done on Highway 17.

Reasonable as that may seem on paper, I caution against thinking any accident--especially one with a commercial truck--would be that straightforward to resolve. Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first. Most commonly that means pointing fingers anywhere and everywhere but at their drivers. In Granger, for instance, they might say the victim was speeding or took "faulty evasive maneuvers" and was therefore more responsible for his injuries than the trucker was. Whether there's any truth to that argument or not, it would still have to be overcome.

Some may think I'm just being cynical, but my concern comes from decades of working on commercial wrecks. In all that time, I can say without exaggeration that exactly one company simply admitted fault and tried to make things right. All the others fought every step of the way against taking responsibility, so victims and families are best served by knowing what that might look like and know how to deal with it. Click below to read more.

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