New Mexico fans of the Weather Channel show "Storm Wranglers" may be aware that its hosts, Kelley Williamson and Randy Yarnall, died while chasing down a storm in Texas. On March 28, 2017, while the two were following a tornado, their live stream suddenly came to an end. The two had run a stop sign and smashed into a car driven by a 25-year-old employee of the National Weather Service. All three were killed.
Some people in Arizona may have heard about the 2018 Camp Fire in California, and Pacific Gas & Electric is facing a lawsuit on behalf of the family of a victim. The fire started on November 8 and resulted in more than 80 deaths along with the loss of thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses. According to the lawsuit, this fire occurred because PG&E failed to maintain its equipment properly.
The surviving family of a deceased 53-year-old man who worked for Amazon.com, Inc. has filed a lawsuit that claims the company's mishandling of disability benefits resulted in the man's death. The lawsuit alleges that Amazon lost the man's final appeal for disability benefits. The legal filings assert that the company found his paperwork fives months following his death.
New Mexico drivers may be able to look forward to safer roads in the future if the efforts of a group called the Road to Zero Coalition are successful. This transportation safety coalition, which has 675 members, hopes to eliminate traffic deaths by 2050.
When a person is killed as a result of the negligent or wrongful actions of another person or entity in New Mexico, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against the responsible party or parties. The lawsuit must be filed by the personal representative of the victim. If the lawsuit is successful, New Mexico outlines how the damages should be distributed to the decedent's family members.
New Mexico residents who travel often may be interested to learn that a family filed a lawsuit against Alaska Airlines after an elderly woman suffered a fatal fall down an airport escalator. According to the report, the 75-year-old woman was in a wheelchair when the fall took place. She died three months following the incident.
Car accidents are an all too common occurrence. In New Mexico in 2016, there were 358 fatal car crashes resulting in 402 deaths, a significant increase from only 298 deaths in 2015. Numerous factors can lead to accidents, and as impaired and distracted driving increases, fatalities from car accidents will also rise.