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Woman and Child Injured in Street Racing Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 19, 2013

A high-speed street race may have been to blame for a crash that resulted in serious injuries to a 26-year-old woman and minor injuries to her four-year-old son. According to The Yakima Herald Republic, the crash occurred near the Burger King on West Nob Hill Boulevard in Yakima. Officials say the victim was pulling out of a parking lot in her Toyota Corolla when a westbound Jeep Grand Cherokee slammed into her car.

She suffered severe internal injuries and her son suffered superficial glass cuts. The 23-year-old driver of the Jeep, who was traveling more than 65 miles per hour, was arrested at the scene and the 18-year-old driver of the car he was racing was tracked down as well. They both are expected to face two counts of vehicular assault.

According to Washington State statute 46.61.522, a person is guilty of vehicular assault if he or she operates or drives any vehicle:

  • Recklessly and causes substantial body harm.
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol resulting in injuries.
  • With “disregard for the safety of others” resulting in substantial injuries.

Reckless drivers who cause serious adult and child car accident injuries can be held accountable for their wrongdoing. A criminal proceeding will result in penalties, but not in compensation for the victim’s considerable losses. In order to receive fair compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other related damages, injured victims often have to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.

The process of receiving fair and full compensation following an injury accident can be complicated even when it is clear who was responsible for the crash. At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we make sure that our clients get the support they need. Please contact a Seattle speeding car accident lawyer online or call our offices today at (888) 228-3860 to discuss what you can do to protect your rights and best interests.

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