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Car accident claims Missouri family days before Christmas

There are car accidents in Missouri every day. Some accidents leave barely a scratch on the vehicle and person, but others destroy lives in the same instance. For some, the holiday season will forever be a reminder of the auto accident that took the lives of their loved one. For them, the season is nothing more than a reminder of what they have lost.

A Missouri 2-year-old and his father are dead after a tragic car accident, days before Christmas. The Missouri family was on their way home from a trip to Dallas when their Ford Escape, driving by the man's wife, was rear ended.

The wife, who found her calling in being a mom, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, along with the driver of the Suburban who rear-ended her. The accident occurred as traffic along the highway slowed due to another accident further up the road. It is currently unknown why the young man, who was driving the Suburban, crashed into them in the first place. Police are currently investigating whether or not charges can be filed.

Civil lawsuits can help fix many issues, but they will never be able to fill the void left by the loss of a loved one. While they are unable to fill a void, they can help a survivor find closure. Civil lawsuits can be used to hold people responsible for their actions in addition to or in lieu of a criminal lawsuit. A defendant can be held responsible for both the tangible and intangible harm they caused by their actions.

Closure can take on many forms. For some, it is an apology, for others, it is seeing the person behind bars and, for others, it is being compensated for the injures they or their loved ones endured.

Source: The Dallas Morning News, "Fiery crash kills Missouri man, 2-year-old son; mother survives" Naheed Rajwani, Dec. 23, 2014

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