Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide after Fatal Seattle Crash
A 43-year-old man was killed when the truck in which he was traveling struck a car and rolled over. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the fatal accident occurred at Delridge Way Southwest and Southwest Kenyon Street in West Seattle. Officials say the 43-year-old driver was under the influence when he drove through a red light and struck another vehicle. The passenger in the bed of the truck was thrown from the vehicle and killed. The article states that the driver is a repeat DUI offender who was driving on a suspended license. He is being held in jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
Drunk driving is a serious issue that continues to plague the state of Washington. In the year 2011, there were 156 alcohol-related traffic fatalities accounting for approximately 34 percent of all total traffic deaths that year. Many of those incidents involved repeat offenders. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), there are 19,783 three-time DUI offenders in Washington and 2,103 drivers who are five-time offenders.
If you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, there are steps you can take to protect your rights. It may be in your best interests to:
- Gather contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the crash.
- Keep detailed records of every expense that has been incurred since the accident.
- Request a copy of the police report.
- Obtain a court order to preserve all evidence in the case.
- Seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer who has successfully represented DUI victims and their families.
If you have lost a loved one in an alcohol-related accident, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your loss while holding the at-fault driver accountable for the crash. Families of fatally injured victims of Seattle car accident can seek compensation for funeral expenses, lost future wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our experienced Seattle car accident attorneys offer free consultations at (888) 228-3860 to anyone who has lost a loved one in a tragic accident. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you.