It's the question every tort reformer loves to ask and it's probably because then it's easy to avoid the real problem.
On September 3rd 2009 15 year old Rachel Stewart was headed north on I-380 when she lost control of the van she was driving went onto the median and flipped. Rachel Stewart and one of the other passengers, Rachel Peterson, were both hospitalized while a third passenger 16 year old Alyssa Benedict from Tiffin died as a result of the injuries suffered in the crash. Benedict and Peterson were not wearing their seat belt, but the real question is why a 15 year old is driving without a parent present and on the Interstate Highways in Iowa. Answer that question and you’ll have the answer to the right question.
Wrong Question: Why are there so many lawsuits?
Right Question: Why are there so many injuries?
Tort reformers have no intention of every solving the problem of why there are so many injuries or lawsuits. If they did it would eliminate their cash cow and way of increasing the bottom line in corporate America without giving us a job. No sir-ee, instead they want it to continue so they have a continuous flow of cash contributions and a job. After all they can’t do anything else that produces a product or protects a life. So why not pick on those that can. No, they ask why there are so many lawsuits because they don’t want to reduce the number of injuries and deaths. Because if they did want to solve the problem, they would ask the right correction.