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Richland Man Involved in Head-on Wrongful Death Crash

Richland Man Involved in Head-on Wrongful Death Crash

Richland Man Involved in Head-on Wrongful Death CrashA Richland man was involved in a head-on wrongful death crash. The accident occurred in Hanford where the Richland man worked. According to Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the head-on car crash occurred on Route 4 near Army Loop Road. A vehicle was traveling northbound and switched lanes to pass several cars. Eventually, that vehicle collided head-on with the Richland man’s vehicle as he was heading southbound. The Richland man died at the crash site. The other driver was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

What is a Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is a legal term to describe a claim that certain individuals can make against a person who wrongfully or negligently causes the death of another. Wrongful death claims are enacted by the state legislature to govern who can bring a wrongful death claim.

Our wrongful death attorneys in Kennewick, Washington have helped our clients recover substantial monetary settlements from the negligent persons who caused the wrongful death.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Only certain individuals can make the claim for the damages and loss of their loved ones.

In most cases, the following individuals may file a wrongful death claim:

  • Spouses or life partners
  • Children
  • Siblings
  • Parents
  • Other dependents

By and large, to receive justice for a wrongful death you must have some substantial evidence. Ultimately, there are some key factors you must have to prove your claim is valid. For instance, you must include the fact that the party you are suing owes your loved one a duty of care, they breached that duty to care and as a result, they caused the death. Extensive evidence, expert opinions, witness testimony, a thorough legal investigation, and much more could be required.

Why Do I Need to Hire 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.

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. Parke Gordon LLC 8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274

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Wrongful Death of Passenger from Driver Attempting to Pass Two Semis

Wrongful Death of Passenger from Driver Attempting to Pass Two Semis

Wrongful Death of Passenger from Driver Attempting to Pass Two SemisTroopers say wrongful death of a passenger resulted from the driver attempting to pass two semi-trucks on State Route 24. The teen driver began to pass the semi-trucks when he collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle, killing his passenger and seriously injuring two people in the other car. Both cars caught fire after impact. The driver who caused the crash was taken to a nearby hospital by ground ambulance for evaluation of injuries. His passenger, a teenage girl, died at the scene of the car accident. The couple in the other car, was airlifted to a medical center with serious injuries. Witnesses reported the teen driver had passed several other vehicles in heavy traffic prior to the accident. The highway was closed for several hours following the car accident as crews worked to clean up the crash site.

Wrongful Death Claim for Passengers

In most car accident or wrongful death claims, the suit is towards the driver of the other vehicle. However, when a passenger is injured or dies from the negligence of the driver of the car in which the passenger was in a case can be made against the driver. In the car accident mentioned above, the passenger was not at fault for the driver speeding. Surviving family members can then bring forth what is known as a wrongful death case.

How a Fatality Crash is a Wrongful Death Case?

The following are some scenarios in which filing a wrongful death case would be applicable.

Car Accident

Many wrongful death cases are filed after a fatal car accident. There are many ways the other driver can be found negligent for the victim’s death following a car accident. For instance, a distracted driver who caused a car crash can be held responsible for their negligent behavior through a wrongful death case if they killed the other driver. Anyone operating a motor vehicle is under oath to act responsible and drive safely. When a negligent driver chose to do otherwise and harms another, they should be held accountable.

Driving Drunk

A driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a prime candidate for being held responsible for a fatality. Clearly it is easy to see the negligence of a drunk driver.

Premises Liability

Incidents such as a slip and fall accident where the owner of the property should have known of the hazardous circumstances that caused a death make the owner liable of negligence. It is rare for a person to die from a slip and fall accident or other common premise liability scenarios. However, situations such as an accidental drowning, also fall under this category.

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.

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. Parke Gordon LLC 8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274

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Pedestrian Wrongful Death Claims

Pedestrian Wrongful Death Claims

Pedestrian Wrongful Death ClaimsA simple walk or jog could instantly turn tragic if a car or truck strikes you. Pedestrians who are fatally injured from a negligent driver in a car accident have the same rights as other wrongful death claimants. Any time a driver’s negligence results in the death of a pedestrian, the pedestrian’s family members are entitled to compensation. The wrongful death attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm are here to help grieving family members during an otherwise trying time.

Since wrongful death claims are governed by a statute enacted by the legislature, the persons who are entitled to recover claims are set by statute. In addition, the types of damages a person may recover are also set by statute.

When a person is wrongfully or negligently killed because of another, family members of the deceased have a right to compensation. The wrongful death attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm have helped clients recover substantial monetary settlements from the negligent persons who caused the wrongful death. Many different factors will determine the amount of compensation you may receive for a wrongful death such as:

  • Proposed income from the deceased
  • Savings of the deceased
  • Number of dependents
  • The degree of negligence that caused the wrongful death

Wrongful Death of Hit-and-Run Pedestrian vs. Car Accident

Even when an investigation is pending, it is critical to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to benefit your case. After a fatality from a hit and run accident, financial losses along with emotional pain is already being experienced by the family. An experienced wrongful death attorney understands what you and your grieving loved ones are going through and can help you recover damages such as the following.

  • Medical bills from the accident
  • Lost wages
  • Funeral or burial costs
  • Loss of companionship

You have options, even if the driver is never found. Do not assume that you must go through life covering these financial hardships without help. While no monetary amount will recover the loss of your loved one, the goal of compensation is to help restore financial security for you and your family.

Recovering Compensation When the Negligent Driver is Unknown

After a wrongful death, the ideal option is to make the at-fault party pay for your losses whether through their assets or insurance. However, when the driver is unknown, you can seek compensation through other sources such as the following.

Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage

If your loved one was hit by a vehicle and had uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, you may be able to file a claim with the auto insurance company for compensation. The compensation is limited to the maximum policy amount on the plan.

Life Insurance

If the deceased victim had a life insurance policy, you may be able to receive funds from the policy if you are the designated beneficiary.

Accidental Death and Injury Policy

Most employers offer accidental death and dismemberment policies to workers as do some auto and home policies as well. These can provide supplemental compensation after the death of a loved one and fill in the gap between other options.

Homeowner’s Insurance

Some homeowner’s insurance policies offer coverage for situations such as this. You can inquire about benefits and compensation value available to beneficiaries of the policy.

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.

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. Parke Gordon LLC 8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274

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Wrongful Death of Pasco Man 11 Days After Car Crash

Wrongful Death of Pasco Man 11 Days After Car Crash

Wrongful Death of Pasco Man 11 Days After Car CrashA Pasco man involved in a car crash in Kennewick was declared dead 11 days after the car crash. His cause of death is believed to be from injuries sustained from a car crash according to Kennewick police. The car crash occurred when the Pasco man was hit head-on while waiting to make a left turn. A driver heading east allegedly crossed into the turn lane and hit the waiting vehicle head-on. Neither vehicle had passengers. Both drivers were taken to a Tri-City hospital. Initially, injuries sustained by either driver did not appear to be serious according to police reports. Now, after the death of the Pasco man, the investigation has escalated to a possible vehicular homicide case. The family of the Pasco man may now also file a wrongful death case against the negligent driver for hitting him head-on and causing the crash.

What is a Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is a legal term to describe a claim that certain individuals can make against a person who wrongfully or negligently causes the death of another. Wrongful death claims are enacted by the state legislature to govern who can bring a wrongful death claim.

Our wrongful death attorneys in Kennewick, Washington have helped our clients recover substantial monetary settlements from the negligent persons who caused the wrongful death.

Statistics for Head-On Car Accidents

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2005 there were 21,924 fatal crashes involving 32,512 vehicles and 54,990 people. 24,837 of these fatal collisions occurred in rural areas. Head-on car crashes are more likely to occur in rural areas. In fact, 13 percent of all rural fatal crashes are head-on collisions. Head-on crashes are responsible for less than seven percent of all urban fatal crashes.

Possible Causes of Head-On Car Accidents

A head-on collision typically occurs when a car crosses over the centerline of the roadway or a median in an attempt to pass but collides with an oncoming vehicle from the other direction. Another common reason for head-on collisions is from a wrong way driver. 75 percent of all head-on collisions happen on two-lane rural roads. This high rate of head-on collisions on rural roads indicates that these crashes are usually due to a failed passing maneuver. Head-on collisions are often serious and lead to many wrongful deaths. Other negligent acts that lead to a head-on collision include:

  • Falling asleep while driving.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Driving distracted (i.e. using a mobile device while driving).
  • Losing control of the vehicle.
  • Road conditions.

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.

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. Parke Gordon LLC 8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274

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What to Look for When Hiring a Wrongful Death Attorney

What to Look for When Hiring a Wrongful Death Attorney

What to Look for When Hiring a Wrongful Death AttorneyAfter a fatal car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident or other motor vehicle accident you may be wondering what to look for when hiring a wrongful death attorney. If you’ve had to suffer the death of a loved one due to the negligence of another driver, you can file a wrongful death suit on his or her behalf to receive justice.

Why Hire 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.

What to Look For When Hiring a Wrongful Death Attorney

Here are a few things to look for when hiring a wrongful death attorney.

  • How much experience does he or she have as a wrongful death attorney in the specific area of your case? For example, if your family member died in a car accident, you’ll want an experienced car accident lawyer who can handle your wrongful death suit.
  • Who will be working on your case? At Parke Gordon, your assigned wrongful death attorney will handle the majority of your case. However, staff members will also be helping to gather any medical bills or other parts of the case to ensure all things are in proper order.
  • What do online Google reviews say about this lawyer?
  • Are there any disciplinary actions against this lawyer? You can check the relevant state bar association website.

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.

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. Parke Gordon LLC 8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274

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