A husband and wife recently died after a vehicle that was allegedly driven by a drunk driver struck them. Every year, thousands of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are filed in Washington civil courts against intoxicated drivers. Those who lose loved ones in such accidents might seek financial relief, but their psychological trauma may never be relieved.
Reportedly, a 64-year-old man and his 67-year-old wife were standing next to their vehicle that might have broken down in Skagit County shortly before 1 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning. According to the Washington State Patrol, a 30-year-old female driver, who was eastbound on Highway 20, struck both the pedestrians. Neither of them survived the accident.
Further reports indicate that there were two passengers in the pickup truck, and neither the driver nor the passengers suffered injuries. The accident report by the State Patrol noted that drunk driving was the cause of the accident. The pickup truck driver was arrested, and she is now facing vehicular homicide and DUI charges.
When loved ones lose their lives in car accidents that are caused by the negligence of drunk drivers, the surviving family members can pursue recovery of damages. With the support and guidance of an experienced Washington personal injury attorney, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed in a civil court. If negligence is established, and the court determines liability, documented claims for losses can be adjudicated. Claims typically include the costs related to end-of-life arrangements along with other financial losses and emotional damages like the pain and suffering of the plaintiffs.