Driver Injured in Seattle Hit and Run Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 18, 2015

WA Auto AccidentA man was hospitalized recently after a Seattle car accident involving a driver who fled the scene of the crash. According to a Seattle Times news report, the hit-and-run accident occurred on Interstate 5 at the Duwamish Curves. Officials say the man was driving in a blue Toyota 4-Runner when a car changed lanes and struck his SUV. His SUV struck a concrete barrier and rolled onto the roadway. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

A witness of the crash wrote down information about the vehicle that sped off and notified the authorities. Officials used that information to track down the Seattle woman and her Mercury Grand Marquis. She was booked into the King County Jail for felony hit-and-run and vehicular assault.

Under Washington Statute RCW 46.61.522: “A person is guilty of vehicular assault if he or she operates or drives any vehicle…in a reckless manner and causes substantial bodily harm to another” or causes an accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Vehicular assault is a class B felony.

This accident also resulted in charges for felony hit-and-run. Under RCW 46-52.020, all drivers involved in an accident resulting in “injury to or death of any person,” must immediately stop at the scene. Drivers who fail to remain at the crash site can face serious criminal penalties if the authorities track them down. Furthermore, hit-and-run drivers can be held accountable for the damages they cause.

However, not all hit-and-run drivers are apprehended. Some are never arrested and their victims are left wondering who will pay for their medical bills, lost wages and other related damages. In such cases, it is advisable to stay abreast of the ongoing investigation and to research the legal options available. In some cases, victims are able to use their own uninsured motorist coverage to receive the financial compensation they need.

If you have been hurt in a Washington car accident, even if it involved a hit-and-run driver, you have the right seek financial support for the injuries you have suffered. A Seattle car accident attorney can review your case and help you get the compensation you need.

Related Articles:

Our Case Results

Degloving Injury$2,400,000
Degloving Injury
from defective power winch.
Wrongful Death$1,925,000
Wrongful Death
from head-on van accident.
Rollover Accident$1,925,000
Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
Wrongful Death$1,625,000
Wrongful Death
from highway design defect.
Car Accident$595,000
Car Accident
injuries to 47-year-old woman.
Wrongful Death$460,695
Wrongful Death
oncoming traffic accident.
Rear-End Collision$450,000
Rear-End Collision
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$390,000
Car Accident
resulting in fractured leg.
Car Sideswipe$390,000
Car Sideswipe
resulting in injured back.
Head-On Collision$372,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in fractured pelvis.
Car Accident$360,000
Car Accident
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$275,000
Car Accident
resulting in jaw fracture.
Overturned Truck$230,000
Overturned Truck
resulting in broken ribs.
Head-On Collision$230,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in shoulder injury.
Motorcycle Accident$225,000
Motorcycle Accident
resulting in leg fracture.

Written by Joseph Pendergast, this book is designed to help people who have suffered a personal injury understand their rights and the steps to take to be sure they get the compensation they deserve.

Connect With Us

Share This Page

Our Office

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.
555 South Renton Village Pl. Suite 640
Renton, WA 98057
(888) 228-3860
(425) 228-3860 / (253) 445-3860

From Our Blog

Public Transit Disasters and Who’s Legally Responsible

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.

Disclaimer: The legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth herein are based upon the facts of that particular case and do not represent a promise or guarantee. Please contact an attorney for a consultation on your particular traffic accident matter. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Washington.

© 2017 Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. - All rights reserved. Serving the communities throughout Washington, including Bellevue, Renton and Seattle.

Website Design, SEO and Legal Internet Marketing by: SLS ConsultingSLS Consulting | Privacy | Disclaimer |Blog Sitemap |Blog Archives