Wrongful Death Archives
Missouri residents who watch the Weather Channel may know how the two stars of the show "Storm Wranglers" died. On March 28, 2017, the duo was speeding down a highway in Texas in search of a tornado when they ran a stop sign and collided with a jeep. Both stars and the driver of the jeep, a 25-year-old storm spotter with the National Weather Service, died on impact. The mother of the 25-year-old is now suing the Weather Channel for $125 million.
Highway safety is typically thought of in terms of crashes involving two or more motor vehicles. While it is a legitimate safety concern, most Missouri residents take reasonable precautions by obeying traffic laws and driving alertly. Thankfully, the majority of vehicle crashes are in fact minor, and advanced safety equipment has helped to protect drivers and passengers. However, when one of the people involved in an accident is a pedestrian, the potential for a serious or fatal injury is significantly higher.
When people in Missouri lose a loved one due to someone else's harmful actions or negligent behavior, they may wonder what they can do to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. Those responsible may face criminal charges connected to someone's death, but in many cases, the criminal courts may not provide a clear path to accountability. In addition, the loss of a family member can devastate people financially as well as emotionally. In many cases, the deceased was relied upon to support growing children or aging parents.
Missouri motorists may be interested in roadway safety data that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has collected from 2017. While the car crash death rate went down last year, the fatality rate for large truck crashes went up. As the sole negative trend, it deserves special attention.
If the efforts of the Road to Zero Coalition are successful, Missouri drivers can look forward to safer roads in the future. With deaths from motor vehicle accidents reaching 37,461 in 2016, fatalities are on the rise after declining for several years. The coalition aims to bring the number of traffic deaths down to zero by 2050.