While most states already have laws on the book pertaining to the legality of texting and driving, texting and operating an aircraft is not yet an official crime. However, a pilot who was believed to be texting and flying a helicopter at the same time has been determined by authorities to be the cause of a deadly crash in Missouri. This finding may very well open the door to a wrongful death suit.
Anytime there are cars lined up at a stop light, the drivers may truly be at the mercy of the other drivers behind them. For two drivers stopped at a Missouri roadway light, the actions of a truck driver coming up behind them appear to have led to their deaths. The families of those who died retain the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Moreover, the truck driver is facing criminal charges for his role in the incident.
Now that toxicology reports are in, the family of a deadly car accident victim has set the wheels in motion to seek damages. The family of a 46-year-old woman who was killed in a February Missouri car accident is filing a wrongful death suit against the estate of the driver who hit her. A 44-year-old boyfriend of the victim who was in the accident also died as a result of the crash.
Any time someone works in a dangerous industry or around dangerous chemicals, there is always the chance that a mishap, accident or even a death could occur. In Missouri, one worker has lost his life while on the job. If the company is found to be negligent in how they operated or if they failed to protect him, the family of the man may very well have a case for a wrongful death claim.
A 28-year-old Missouri man has recently been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his involvement in a car crash that killed a 10-year-old girl. He was convicted on two charges of 2nd degree assault and one charge of 2nd degree murder. Alcohol appears to have been a factor in the tragic accident. The man reportedly admitted to causing the fatal crash, and his admission of guilt, along with the conviction on criminal charges, may help the girl's family if they wish to pursue a wrongful death suit.
Sometimes, the cause of a car accident is not obvious and requires a thorough investigation. That was the case recently in Missouri, after a wrong-way car crash killed both drivers and injured four others. Investigators are unsure why one of the drivers was heading the wrong direction. If their findings indicate that the driver was in any way negligent, it could strengthen the case for a wrongful death suit by the decedent's family, as well as any personal injury claims by the survivors.
Most of the time, passenger vehicles and semi-trucks share the road safely. However, if a crash occurs involving a car and a semi, the results can be catastrophic. A family is now left to mourn the loss of a Missouri couple who died after their SUV collided head-on with a tractor-trailer. Though several factors may have contributed to this accident, the victims' family may have grounds for a wrongful death suit if there is any evidence of negligence.
Losing a child as a result of a car accident is one of the most tragic events that any parent can endure. It is difficult to fathom any individual involved in such a car accident emerging from the ordeal unscathed. Missouri police are normally assigned the difficult job of investigating a fatal crash to determine what happened and what factors may have played a role in the tragedy.
One factor to possibly consider in evaluating whether a civil action should be brought as a result of a fatal accident is whether police filed criminal charges against one of the drivers involved. This determination can assist the victim's family in determining whether they wish to file a wrongful death action in a Missouri civil court in order for them to seek compensatory and possibly other damages permitted under our state laws. In a recent fatal accident, a man has been criminally charged for being involved in an accident that killed a 9-year-old boy, though it is as yet unclear if the parents of the child are considering a civil lawsuit as well.
The unexpected death of a friend or loved one can be difficult for anyone to bear. What can make the grieving process more difficult is if an individual is killed based on the alleged criminal act of another. Car crashes resulting from intoxication cause many such tragedies across the state of Missouri each year, leading many families to seek restitution for damages suffered through the filing of a wrongful death action in civil court.