Many people in St. Louis often work themselves to the point of fatigue. Their reasons for doing so vary, from a desire to impress one’s superiors in hopes of getting ahead, to a need to simply fill long hours of down time. Yet what if one felt compelled to do so because of the conditions in which they worked? And if those longer hours resulted in employee injuries caused by fatigue, could the employer be held responsible for creating such an environment?
Dealing with the loss of a loved one in an accident or a crime in St. Louis is never easy. The grief and suffering associated with that loss is only compounded if it's believed that the circumstances that led to his or her death could have been prevented. In such a situation, if it's truly believed that negligence was a contributing factor, family and/or friends of the deceased may wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. The challenge with these types of lawsuits, however, is being able to prove such negligence.
Of all the car accidents that occur in St. Louis, one of the most dangerous types is that of a head-on collision. Those involved tend to suffer serious injuries and even death, especially in cases where the vehicles are traveling at a high rate of speed. This is because the two vehicles each have their own momentum which comes to a screeching halt when they collide.
In St. Louis and other cities throughout the U.S., people pass away every day. Sometimes due to natural causes, other times from accidents or, in some very unfortunate cases, at the hands of another person. When foul play leads to a death, authorities may charge the person suspected of committing the crime, forcing them to stand trial and face the potential consequences if they are found guilty. In some cases, the family of the decedent may choose to take additional legal action against the accused, holding them financially responsible for their actions and the resulting wrongful death.
In St. Louis, building and property owners have certain obligations if they have an elevator on their property to ensure the safety of the people who use the elevator. In addition to being registered with the Department of Public Safety, elevators must have a certificate for operation on file and undergo yearly inspections to make sure everything is in working order. Even with all of the safety regulations in place, sometimes, accidents involving elevators can still occur.
In St. Louis and elsewhere, when people ride amusement park rides, like roller coasters, they are typically secured into their seats by safety bars and/or belts. These safety features ensure that people remain securely fastened so they can safely enjoy the ride. On rides with loops, steep drops and fast turns, these features can be especially important as severe injury or even death can occur if they malfunction or are not properly locked.
People look to police officers in St. Louis to watch the streets and keep the peace. In some instances, performing their duties may require law enforcement to draw and even fire their weapons. While there are strict policies and guidelines for officers regarding the use of their firearms, sometimes, either due to confusion, fear or adrenaline, police may shoot when it is not necessary.
Despite laws meant to maintain roadway safety and order, and drivers who are alert and aware of their surroundings, car and truck accidents occur everyday in and around cities all across the U.S. In some cases, the drivers and their passengers are lucky and walk away unscathed, but, as readers in St. Louis are likely aware, other times people can be seriously injured and even killed in motor vehicle accidents. A recent accident just west of St. Louis, involving a car and a semi truck took, the life of one man and put two others in the hospital. Details regarding the cause of the fatal car accident have not been released, but it appears that the man was killed after the impact caused him to be thrown from his vehicle.
Whether it is on purpose, or it is an accident, the effects can be far reaching when someone takes the life of another person. Those effects go far beyond just the loss of a loved one and the companionship they offered. Depending on the deceased's position in life and within their family, a family could be left without the financial and emotional support and care provided by that person.
People generally know and accept that there are certain occupations where danger is inherent. While readers in St. Louis are likely aware that professional athletes can and do get injured, they may not think of pro sports as being among those dangerous jobs. Recent deaths of current and former professional athletes, however, have inspired debate about a team or league’s liability for those deaths, particularly if they occur outside the field of play.