Crime prevention is everybody's business.
One of our biggest problems is delayed reporting.
This trial was not about putting a monetary value on Randy Moon's life. It was about closure for the family. They wanted a jury to decide if their son died because of the carelessness of the driver - and the jury made its decision.
Damages were warranted in this action against Werner as the owner of the vehicle ... for reckless and wanton acts and as a deterrent to those committing the same or similar actions which endanger the general safety of our citizens.
First of those would be supply and demand. Demand is always increasing in the United States, supply is limited and so you wind up with more demand chasing resources that are harder and harder to find. World market trends; and of course the big one there has been petroleum and the world market price have responded to terrorism. Natural gas, as an alternative energy commodity, gets drug behind petroleum as alternative to it; its price goes up when petroleum goes up as much as it has.