Reckless drivers don’t often care about the people around them. They break traffic rules, drive drunk and put people in danger. When people drive carelessly, serious car accidents happen.
Recently, a driver driving a stolen vehicle was racing through the streets of Seattle when it hit another car. According to reports, a 25-year-old man stole a car that had been turned on to warm up in South Seattle. When the car’s owner tried to stop the man, a chase ensued down Rainier Avenue. When the driver turned south onto South Grand Street, he drove into the intersection of 23rd Avenue South and hit another car.
As a result of this collision, an 8-year-old boy was ejected from the car. He suffered a broken leg in the accident and was taken to a local hospital. A 12-year-old girl suffered serious injuries in the accident. She had to be removed from the car by rescue workers and was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries. The 31-year-old driver was listed in serious condition following the accident, and another child — a 6-year-old — suffered minor injuries.
The 25-year-old driver of the stolen car was arrested following the accident.
While the car accident is over, the healing is just beginning of the car accident victims. These victims may have to spend the next few days, weeks or months recovering from their injuries. They may have to relearn everyday tasks, take time off of work or school and spend hours in rehabilitation. The physical, emotional and financial damage can really add up.
Thankfully, Washington law allows be to recover compensation for these losses. Following a car crash, victims can sue a negligent driver and recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other costs incurred in the accident.
Source: The Seattle Times, “Stolen car crashes, injuring five; 12-year-old in critical condition,” Sara Jean Green, Nov. 28, 2013