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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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