On August 7, 2017, a 62yr old driver was arrested for vehicular homicide after hitting a woman in a crosswalk after exiting Interstate 90 in Spokane. The fatal crash occurred at the intersection of E. 3rd Ave & Division Street. According to KHQ, the woman was walking across the street and in a crosswalk when she was hit by the driver’s van. Multiple witnesses attempted to assist with the horrific accident, however the woman succumbed to her injuries.
What is vehicular homicide?
In Washington State, people may be charged with vehicular homicide when police believe someone is killed as a result of negligent actions such as operating a motor vehicle under the influence, in a reckless manner, or with the disregard for the safety of others (actual law: RCW 46.61.520). At the time of this article, it has not been made public if the driver was intoxicated or just driving recklessly.
Many people have no idea that after the death of a loved one, insurers expect to compensate them for their tragic loss. However, most insurers aren’t going to inform you of this. Additionally, many will also try to delay or deny these claims, or minimize the impact to their own bottom line. In some cases, they may even try to blame you or your loved one for the accident.
When a pedestrian is killed, it always makes sense to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer. In some cases, the attorney’s help isn’t needed but the free advice can help. In other cases, an attorney can significantly improve the outcome of your case with an action for wrongful death.
An action for wrongful death may be brought when a loved one’s death is caused by the recklessness or negligence of another. Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit may include death and funeral expenses, loss of future earnings, medical bills, physical pain and mental suffering, property damages and sometimes punitive damages. This is not contingent upon the driver being charged with vehicular homicide.
Spokane Wrongful Death Attorney
While we hope that nobody ever experiences the loss of a loved one due to someone’s negligence, when a loved one is wrongfully killed, we fully believe in holding negligent parties legally accountable for the damage they have caused. If this happens to someone you love, contact us for a free consultation.