People who have lost a loved one in a traffic accident have a long journey to travel, both in terms of their emotions and the logistical hurdles of recovery. One of the first things many victims' friends and family members want to know is whether the accident could have been prevented. In cases where negligence is clearly evident, they often want to ensure that the person responsible for the fatal crash is appropriately punished. But even if a conviction results in some amount of personal satisfaction for the survivors, it doesn't solve all of their problems.
Take the recent death of an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer as an example. The officer was killed earlier this month in a collision with a tanker truck, the driver of which is currently facing charges of second-degree murder, among more than a dozen other offenses.