The Weather Channel has a show called "Storm Wranglers," whose two stars were killed in a crash on March 28, 2017, and Iowa residents may want to know that the incident has led to a wrongful death lawsuit. The two were chasing a tornado near the city of Spur, Texas, when they allegedly ran a stop sign and collided into the jeep of a 25-year-old storm spotter employed by the National Weather Service, killing that driver as well.
Iowa readers may be interested to learn that the family of two people killed in the Missouri duck boat accident in July has filed a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit against the boat's owners. The accident claimed the lives of 17 passengers, including nine members of an Indiana family. The lawsuit was filed by the estates of a 76-year-old man and a 2-year-old boy from that family.
The number of fatal crashes involving large trucks and passenger vehicles appears to be on the rise. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has just released a data drill-down report on the fatal large-truck crashes that occurred in 2016, finding a 3 percent increase from the year before. Drivers in Iowa will want to know what the most common factors were.
Iowa residents may be aware that Bill Paxton's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the medical facility where the actor died and the doctor who treated his heart condition. The family claim that the surgeon involved was inexperienced and not qualified to perform an unconventional procedure on the 61-year-old 'Big Love" star. The lawsuit seeks damages for the actor's allegedly negligent diagnosis, treatment and management.
Safer roads could be in the future for Iowa drivers if the Road to Zero Coalition is successful in its stated goal of reducing traffic deaths to zero by 2050. With traffic fatalities in 2016 rising around the country to 37,461, a 5.6 percent climb compared to the previous year, the coalition has identified a number of initiatives to bring these numbers back down again.
When Iowa employers perform background checks during the hiring process, they should consider records of violent behavior as a potential liability. A lawsuit working its way through the court system against Home Depot Inc. illustrates how an employer's responsibility to prevent harm to employees could even extend beyond the workplace. The home supplies retailer had tried to get the lawsuit dropped because the supervisor who killed a pregnant subordinate employee did so outside of work.
An unexpected death of a family member or loved one is jarring and completely devastating. Life is suddenly flipped upside down. You must deal with funeral planning, finding others to care for the kids and providing emotional support for other family members.