Any time someone is killed by an at-fault driver, it's tragic. The driver may face criminal charges for their actions. The victim's surviving family members can seek compensation from the driver in civil court. However, when does it rise to the level of a wrongful death case?
Do you remember the classic Bette Davis film from 1939 called Dark Victory? Modern viewers are often shocked to see the leading character's doctor lie to her after an unsuccessful surgery to remove a brain tumor because he doesn't want her to know that she only had months to live.
Federal safety laws require that child booster seats pass tests that simulate head-on collisions. However, there are many other types of collisions that can endanger little ones who are strapped into one of these seats. Nonetheless, manufacturers can decide what other kinds of safety tests (if any) to run and what kind of results are considered failing.
People often think of wrongful death lawsuits as legal actions against people or entities whose negligence or reckless actions caused the death of a loved one. Maybe a doctor's malpractice or a faulty amusement park ride caused someone's fatal injury, for example. Drunk drivers are often taken to civil court for wrongful death claims as well.
A woman who killed another driver in a crash on Interstate 22 in Byhalia almost a year ago has been sentenced to a decade in prison. The crash occurred during a high-speed police chase through two counties in North Mississippi. The driver was charged with second-degree murder as well as fleeing law enforcement.
Charred bone fragments found in Fernwood, Mississippi, may be the remains of a teen who disappeared during a cross-country trip back in 1995. This was the third time investigators had searched the isolated Pike County property in the years since then.
If you've purchased a new car recently, it may well include technology that warns you of vehicles in your blind spot, dings at you if you start to drift out of your lane and even displays a miniature speed limit sign on the speedometer that reminds you how fast you should be driving in your current location. It likely has a back-up camera to help spot cars, kids and obstacles immediately behind you.
Law enforcement officers and 911 dispatchers are human beings, which means they don't always make the right decisions. Unfortunately, a poor decision by people in these essential jobs can have tragic results. That's what happened in the case of a Jackson woman who was brutally murdered nearly five years ago.
A former Mississippi police officer has pleaded guilty in a culpable negligence manslaughter case involving her 3-year-old daughter. The little girl died after her mother left her inside her patrol car back in 2016.
Most of us give little thought to the weigh station signs we see posted along highways here in Mississippi and in other states. However, these weigh stations help prevent tragedies by helping to ensure that the trucks traveling these routes are safe.