The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is grieving the tragic loss of two of its members. Both young men had advanced to the title of “elder” in their mission and were traveling in Texas on a recent Tuesday when a sudden collision occurred. The incident reportedly took place during a heavy rainstorm.
Investigators say weather was inclement at the time of the crash
As most licensed drivers understand, road conditions can quickly become dangerous during a downpour of rain. Even a mild rainfall can impede visibility on a highway. Investigators say there was a severe storm occurring at the time when the two LDS missionaries became involved in a head-on collision.
The impact of the crash resulted in the fatal injuries
The LDS missionaries, ages 18 and 20, had been assigned to the Texas Fort Worth Mission before the tragedy occurred that took both of their lives. Police did not state which man was behind the wheel at the time. Neither did investigators provide information as to how the two vehicles wound up heading straight for each other in the same lane. While both missionaries suffered fatal injuries, the driver of the other car survived and is currently being treated for injuries in a local hospital.
Similar Texas collisions have led to litigation in the past
Fatal collisions are often determined to have been caused by driver negligence. In cases of inclement weather, drivers are obligated to be especially cautious and alert and to drive at slower speeds when roads are slippery or wet. In the past, many similar collisions have led to wrongful death litigation when immediate family members have filed claims against those deemed responsible for their loved ones’ deaths. While there is no way to replace the loss of human life, court-awarded compensation in a successfully litigated claim can help alleviate financial burdens associated with a particular collision.