A 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.
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