A car accident can cause more than few bumps and bruises. In many cases, car accidents cause serious and fatal injuries that can affect the members of a Washington family for the rest of their lives. Not only are there the emotional and physical wounds, but car accidents can cause serious financial issues. For a family that is grieving the loss of a loved one, these financial issues can be an unwanted and added stress.
Sadly, one Seattle family is dealing with the fallout from a fatal car accident. In this case, a family of four — a mother, father and two children — was driving together in Spanaway. While on the road, a 32-year-old driver crossed the centerline and hit the family’s car straight on.
This car accident caused serious injuries for the family. The father was killed in the accident. The mother and her two daughters — ages 12 and 13 — were very seriously injured. According to reports, the three of them all suffered broken bones in their legs, arms and hands. While one of the girls has been released from the hospital, the mother and other child remain hospitalized with serious injuries. These injuries include head injuries, back injuries and internal damage.
In this case, the father was the breadwinner of the family. The family has now been left with no income and massive medical bills.
The other driver has been arrested. Police say the man was drunk at the time of the accident. The man has a criminal history and is being held on a $500,000 bond on various criminal charges including vehicular homicide.
When a fatal car accident — like this one — threatens a family’s financial security, the family should know they have legal rights. A wrongful death suit may be appropriate and help the family recuperate medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages and more caused by the accident.
Source: KOMO News, “Family struggles for recovery after fatal DUI crash,” Kara Kostanich, March 20, 2015