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Des Moines man dies in rear-end crash

When an accident claims the life of a loved one, the event is both shocking and life-changing. The loss of a loved one suddenly due to a tragic car accident can leave a family asking numerous questions. Why did this happen? How did this happen? Could it have been prevented? Those are similar questions that investigators ask while sifting through the evidence to determine the cause. Following a fatal accident, it often takes time to determine cause, which can make an already difficult situation even more so for family members.

A Des Moines family recently lost a family member in a two-vehicle crash that occurred in Indianola. According to initial reports, police stated that a Jeep rear-ended a Chevy Cavalier around 6:40 p.m. at the intersection of Willowcrest Avenue and North Jefferson Way.

The Cavalier was transporting six people at the time of the crash, and the 33-year-old victim, a father of two children, was in the back seat. He was declared dead at the scene of the accident. No other deaths were reported and it is not clear if the other passengers or the driver of the Jeep were injured in the crash.

Once the investigation is complete, loved ones of the deceased might be able to file a wrongful death claim. This civil suit could provide them with compensation to alleviate the emotional and financial burdens the accident caused. The monetary award could cover costs such as funeral bills, lost wages, loss of companionship and other related damages.

Coping with the loss of a loved one can be a difficult and lengthy process. Many are not able to or are not prepared to navigate a wrongful death claim. Those suffering the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident should seek guidance about their options and legal remedies. This could help with the coping process and help alleviate the associated hardships.

Source:, "Grieving family wants answers in fatal Indianola crash," Ryan Smith, Dec. 16, 2014

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