Student Killed in Seattle Car Accident During Drive to SchoolA 16-year-old student at Kentridge High School died from his injuries after a car accident near his school. The Seattle Times reports that the incident occurred when the teen was driving to school. A vehicle driven by a 49-year-old woman northbound on 120th Place Southeast turned left onto Southeast 208th Street and collided with his car. The student lost control of the car and crossed into the westbound lanes of Southeast 208th Street, where it was struck by a third vehicle. The teenager died from his injuries. The two other drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
In such cases, it is important to look into who was at fault. Under Washington law, a driver could be charged with making an improper left turn if he or she fails to obey a traffic light or yield the right-of-way. Motorists who are about to make a left turn or U-turn are required to stop and proceed only when there are no oncoming vehicles and when it is safe to do so.
In such cases, the at-fault motorist, in addition to facing charges or citations, can also be held civilly liable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral costs and pain and suffering. Injured victims can also seek compensation for damages.
The experienced Seattle auto accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast P.S. know what it takes to help injured crash victims and their families obtain fair and full compensation for their losses. If you have suffered a loss in a Washington car accident, please contact us at (888) 228-3860 for a free, no-obligation consultation.