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Wrongful death in Miller County: 3 dead, 2-day-old baby survives

A horrific crash on Feb. 28 in Miller County claimed the life of a husband and wife, along with their 3-year-old boy. Their newborn son, 2 days old, survived the crash and is now living with his maternal grandparents. On March 19, the deceased husband's mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the 19-year-old girl who is said to have caused the fatal accident. It alleges the teenager was negligent and careless by speeding and crossing the center line of Missouri Highway 52 at Brown Road, causing a head-on collision with the family, who lived in Eldon.

The wrongful death lawsuit seeks monetary damages occasioned by the fatal collision. Not only has the family lost a daughter, son-in-law and grandchild, but the life of the surviving baby will be forever altered. Further, the court filing notes that the family had to pay the funeral expenses for the three victims. It is alleged that the teenager acted in a careless and reckless manner, and was cited for speeding just days before the life-changing collision.

Under Missouri law, a wrongful death action is appropriate in circumstances in which a fatality is caused by the negligent or intentional act of another. A successful claim often includes reimbursement for expenses incurred concerning the fatalities, including funeral costs, as well as for pain and suffering occasioned by the tragic loss of life.

While no amount of money could ever begin to repair the lives lost in this unimaginable tragedy, a successful wrongful death claim can cover funeral costs and other expenses so the surviving family members can focus their attention on dealing with the emotional aspects of this incident rather than the financial ones.

Source: Connect Mid Missouri, "Wrongful death lawsuit filed against teen driver," Meghan Lane, April 11, 2012

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