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Weather Channel sued over fatal crash with reckless storm chasers

Arizona residents may remember how the two stars of the Weather Channel show "Storm Wranglers" were killed while chasing a tornado near a town in Texas. A livestream of the chase, which occurred on March 28, 2017, shows what happened up to their collision with another vehicle. Like the two stars, the 25-year-old driver of that other vehicle died. He was a storm spotter employed by the National Weather Service.

Two years later, the mother of that victim filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Weather Channel for $125 million. Her lawyers claim that the crash happened when the storm-chasing duo ran a stop sign. Running stop signs was reportedly just one of many reckless acts that the duo would regularly commit for the sake of making their show more exciting. They would also speed, travel down the wrong side of the road and drive on private property and in ditches.

The lawsuit cites text messages between one of the show's producers and some other storm chasers to show that the stars' reckless driving was well-known and a matter of concern. The network continued to employ the pair and did nothing to address those safety concerns, which led to the ultimately preventable death of the 25-year-old storm spotter. The Weather Channel declined to comment on pending litigation.

When the negligence of a driver or the driver's employer results in loss of a loved one, the family or other eligible dependents can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Successful lawsuits might reimburse the plaintiffs for loss of support and consortium, pre-death medical bills and funeral and burial expenses. Before filing, though, it may be wise to retain legal counsel. A lawyer may also be helpful for the litigation phase or for negotiations if the defendant agrees to settle out of court.

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