Parents File Wrongful Death Suit Against Driver in Accident That Occurred Years PriorOn June 15, 2022 by Millerie Penbrock
Just two days before Christmas in 2010, a car accident in King County, Washington, took the life of a young woman as she left her home. On that evening, the woman was pulling out of a private driveway onto the road in a Chevrolet Cavalier. She was driving across the westbound lane, intending to go east, when her car was violently struck on the side by a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, being driven in a westerly direction.
The driver, from Federal Way, WA, was 20 years old at the time. A male passenger, the owner of the vehicle, sustained injuries and was transported to a hospital by helicopter. The driver of the Monte Carlo was just 22.
It was cloudy that night as the victim tried to cross the two-lane highway when the front of the Monte Carlo plowed right into the driver’s side of the Cavalier.
The victim’s car was knocked up the hill a tremendous distance, said the family’s attorney, resulting in heavy damage.
The police report filed on the accident showed that the vehicle was moved almost 50 yards from the crash site before it finally came to rest.
Now, the victim’s parents, have filed a wrongful death suit against the driver of the other vehicle.
The car accident lawsuit claims that her death was the direct result of the negligence and carelessness of the defendant. It maintains that he drove his motor vehicle at an excessive and dangerous speed under the circumstances and failed to slow down or swerve to avoid a collision. He also failed to give any warning of the approach of his vehicle.
The speed limit on that stretch of the highway is 55 mph. The police report listed only Failure to Yield as a probable contributing circumstance of the accident.
But, according to the lawsuit, the defendant failed to maintain his vehicle in adequate working condition and to maintain two sets of adequate brakes, and he operated the vehicle knowing that he had defective brakes.
As a result of the death, the driver of the Monte Carlo was obligated to pay $15,000 for funeral expenses. The victim’s parents suffered mental anguish and have been damaged by the loss of companionship and support as well as the loss of future earnings of the victim in the amount of $1.5 million, the lawsuit claims.
The plaintiffs are requesting a judgment in excess of $25,000 that is fair and reasonable, for their costs of the lawsuit, and for such other relief as the court deems just. A jury trial is demanded.
The plaintiffs further petition the court to collect a receipt for the payment of the judgment, to deduct and pay the attorney’s fees and expenses of collection of the judgment, and to distribute the net proceeds as ordered by the court.
Or, in the alternative, the plaintiffs request that the jury award damages in an amount proportionate to the injury and that the damages awarded be divided among the individuals who are entitled to recover.
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