By Pendergast Law on October 22, 2013
A 17-year-old Ephrata boy caused a fatal car crash on Highway 28 near Quincy that killed two women, ages 64 and 79, Washington State Patrol officials say. According to an Associated Press news report, the pickup truck drifted off the roadway, overcorrected into the oncoming lane and collided head-on with a van. The investigation is still ongoing and charges are pending.
A head-on collision occurs when two vehicles crash front to front. Such collisions often cause devastating injuries or fatalities, as witnessed in this tragic case. Head-on collisions are commonly caused by:
- Impaired drivers
- Fatigued drivers
- Distracted or inattentive drivers
- Vehicle malfunction
- Debris on the roadway
In such cases, it is important to determine who or what caused the incident. If a negligent motorist caused the accident, he or she can be held liable for the victims’ wrongful death. Family members of the victims in such cases can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and lost future income.
Injured victims or their families would also be well advised to contact an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer who has handled all types of car accident cases. A knowledgeable car accident attorney can help you understand all aspects of the case and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable. It is important not to talk to insurance companies or accept settlements until you have spoken to your injury lawyer.