By Pendergast Law on December 21, 2015
A man has been charged with vehicular homicide after being involved in a fatal motorcycle accident while allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine. According to aÂ Seattle TimesÂ news report, the fatal motorcycle crash happened in Burien.Â
Police say the 25-year-old White Center man was under the influence when he sped into oncoming traffic on a stolen motorcycle with his 26-year-old girlfriend. She was killed in the accident. He was charged with vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run, reckless driving, and second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission.
Under Washington State RCW 46.61.520, vehicular homicide is “when the death of any person ensues within three years as a proximate result of injury proximately caused by the driving of any vehicle by any person . . . under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug.”
Seattle drivers can face serious criminal penalties for causingÂ crashes while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.Â But,Â a conviction for vehicle homicide will not automatically result in financial compensation for the family of the victim.
People who’ve lost loved ones in a Seattle car accidentÂ can pursue compensation for their tragic losses by filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver.
A wrongful death claim can result in financial support for:
- Medical expenses that resulted from the crash
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost wages the victim would have earned
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of inheritance and benefits
If you have lost a loved one in a Seattle traffic accident, filing a lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind. But, filing a wrongful death claim may be the only way to receive fair compensation for your tragic loss.
A wrongful death attorney can review your case and help you identify and determine the best legal options for you and your family. LetÂ Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. help.
You can reach us at 888-539-9211.