Wrongful death accidents often happen from passing on a two-lane road. In fact, 18 percent of all fatal car accidents are from a head-on collisions according to statistics found by the Fatal Analysis Reporting system.
Washington State Police reported a fatal head-on collision from an 18-year-old driver recklessly passing on a two-lane road. The driver was traveling eastbound on State Route 24 and had already passed several vehicles as well as two semi-trucks in oncoming traffic before colliding with a Chrysler PT Cruiser head-on. The impact was at a high rate of speed causing both vehicles to catch fire. Witnesses of the accident helped to get all occupants out of the vehicles as they caught fire. Officials reported the passenger in the at-fault vehicle deceased at the scene of the accident. The two occupants of the PT Cruiser were both transported to a nearby hospital in Richland by Life Flight. The at-fault driver was transported by ground ambulance to the same hospital for evaluation of injuries. Police closed the highway for several hours while the crash was investigated.
Washington State Laws for Passing on a Two-Lane Road
In Washington State, it is legal to pass on a two-lane road as long as you have the ability to make the pass safely. However, even if you can pass does not mean it is a good idea. For instance, if the driver is able to pass safely without colliding with oncoming traffic but has to exceed the speed limit more than 10 to 15 mph to do so, it is probably best not to pass.
If a driver is traveling behind a vehicle who is traveling below the speed limit, it is legal to exceed the speed limit to pass in the oncoming lane and then return to the speed limit after returning to the right lane.
For more Washington State Laws for passing on a two-lane road, click here.
Hiring a Wrongful Death Attorney
Losing a loved one can often bring a lot of stress and turmoil to family members. Working with a wrongful death attorney can help take away some of the stress and burden. Your attorney will work hard to help the family receive the financial compensation they deserve.
Wrongful death suits can be filed against an individual or a corporation. For example, if a person was killed in a semi truck accident caused by the negligence of the semi truck driver, a wrongful death suit can be brought against the semi trucking company. When such negligence occurs, the responsible party is liable to provide compensation for the death of the victim. An experienced wrongful death attorney will fight to compensate the loss of the victim’s medical expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, future wages, court fees, lawyer fees, and any other related expenses.
Typically, benefits are paid out to the victim’s closest relative such as a spouse, child, or parent. Your wrongful death attorney will work with you to ensure your family receives the full value they are entitled to.
Wrongful Death Attorneys and Lawyers in Tri-Cities, Washington
Contact the wrongful death attorneys and lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm to find out if you are entitled under the statute to bring a claim and, if so, what types of damages you are entitled to recover. Our wrongful death lawyers are aggressive, experienced, and trusted. We will fight to ensure you get a fair settlement. Call (509) 582-7274 now for a free consultation. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. This is your opportunity to speak to a wrongful death attorney about your case at no charge. In fact, you pay nothing until your case is settled.
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Tri-Cities, Washington Law Office
Our Tri-Cities, Washington law office provides legal services to injury clients in and surrounding Tri-Cities, including clients injured in accidents in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington. Visit or call our Tri-Cities office now.8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274