On Aug. 24, a fatal accident involving a 68-year-old man and a teenager occurred in Redmond. According to authorities, the incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. near the intersection of 244th Avenue Northeast and Redmond-Fall City Road.
Authorities stated that the 68-year-old man was traveling west on Redmond-Fall City Road in a Ford Explorer when he collided with the teenager's pickup truck, which had been traveling east in the road's westbound lane. Following the collision, the pickup truck continued traveling the wrong way and hit a Mercedes before rolling over. Officials at the accident scene pronounced both the teenager and the 68-year-old man dead.
Reportedly, the Mercedes driver escaped the incident without injury. A female passenger in the Explorer was critically injured as a result of the crash, authorities stated. Emergency personnel transported her to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center.
When people lose their lives in car accidents, their families are often left with more than just emotional anguish and grief. In many instances, deceased victims' families must often cope with financial stress stemming from funeral costs, estate administration expenses and the potential loss of income contributed to the family household.
However, certain family members of people who die in accidents caused by another party's actionable behavior may seek recourse in civil court via a wrongful death suit. In the event that the at-fault party is deceased, the suit may be brought against the at-fault party's estate.
If successful, claimants in a wrongful death lawsuit may be awarded financial compensation for the pecuniary damages they suffered in connection with the sudden loss of their loved one. Because these suits can be highly contentious, most bereaved families retain the counsel and representation of a personal injury attorney.
Source: Redmond Reporter, "Former Redmond police chief Harris, teen die in car accident", Andy Nystrom , August 27, 2014