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March 2017 Archives

Crash may lead to personal injury case against driver's estate

Driving the wrong way on a road in Missouri or elsewhere around the country is a dangerous behavior. Often, this action may result in accidents, causing both property damage and personal injury. When a fatality occurs as a result of wrong-way driving, the victim's surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death case. Recently, a head-on collision in South St. Louis County claimed the lives of two people.

Research shows teens are wired to engage in risky driving behaviors

It may not come as a surprise that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 have a significantly higher risk for being in a car accident than any other age group. However, recent research indicates that inexperience behind the wheel may not be the only reason behind the number of accidents across Missouri that involve adolescents and young adults.

The evidentiary issues of police body camera footage

Around the country, law enforcement agencies are adopting body camera technology. The purpose of this effort has been to gather better evidence, to encourage greater transparency and for accountability. However, as body cameras have become more prevalent, glaring issues with the technology have become apparent.

Is recent drug arrest in Hannibal a case in point?

In our last entry, we explored the issue of police traffic stops and how they so often end up leading to serious criminal charges. As we noted, such cases are of events. What such actions should trigger, though, are questions about whether police overstepped their authority and acted in violation of the Fourth Amendment right against illegal search and seizure.

Officer's right to search not a given in a traffic stop

It is not at all unusual to see the following lead in news stories these days. "A traffic stop led to the arrest of a suspect on drug charges." Whether you live in Missouri or some other state, it is not uncommon for authorities to stop a driver and then leverage the stop into an investigation that results in formal charges.