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Passenger Injured in Washington Car Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 23, 2013

A passenger in a vehicle whose driver was fleeing the scene of a crash was critically injured after the vehicle crashed into a tree. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the two accidents occurred near Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street. Officials say the male driver of a 1993 Chevy Blazer first sideswiped a Nissan and then lost control while fleeing the scene of the crash. The hit-and-run driver and his passenger had to be cut from the Blazer. The passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and has been listed in critical condition. The driver of the Nissan was not injured.

Leaving the scene of an injury accident is a crime in Washington. Under Washington Statute 46.52.020: “A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident.”

Passengers of negligent or reckless drivers can seek compensation from the at-fault parties of injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, permanent injuries, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we know how to get injured passengers fair compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, please contact us at (888) 228-3860 for a comprehensive case evaluation.

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