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Washington accident kills 1 and injures 1 as driver runs red

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2015 | Car Accidents |

Driving is so commonplace that it can be easy for Seattle residents to forget how dangerous it can be. When drivers failed to follow simple traffic rules they put everyone on the road at risk. These rules have been created for a reason and play an important part in preventing car accidents.

Without traffic rules, the roads in Washington could be chaos. Drivers could travel in any direction and at any speed, putting others in harm’s way. Sadly, this is what happens all too often in Washington state when negligent drivers hit the roads. It often results in serious car accidents and injuries to innocent people who are following the rules.

Recently, one driver is accused of failing to follow traffic rules. In this case, the 20-year-old driver is said to have run a red light on SR 518 near the intersection of SR 509 while speeding.

As a result, the driver hit another car around 3:08 p.m. Witnesses claim that the other car became airborne and was tossed into the median following the collision. The 41-year-old driver of the other car was killed in the accident. The driver’s passenger — her 10-year-old son — was injured in the accident. The boy was taken to a hospital in Seattle for treatment following the accident.

Police continue to investigate how the accident occurred. However, the 20-year-old driver has been arrested. He has been charged with assault and vehicular homicide.

While criminal charges can provide some justice in the situations, they do little to help a family that has lost a loved one in a car accident. The families often suffer serious financial setbacks as a result of a serious accident. In these cases, a personal injury suit or wrongful death suit can help families pursue the financial recovery they need. While these legal actions cannot begin to compensate the families for their emotional loss, the compensation can ensure that the families are not further burdened by financial problems.

Source: The B-Town Blog, “Two-car collision kills Mom, injures 10-year old son in Burien Saturday,” Scott Schaefer, Oct. 24, 2015