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Wrongful Death of Passenger from Driver Running a Stop Sign

Idaho State Police reported a passenger wrongful death from the driver of another vehicle running a stop sign in Coeur d’Alene. The driver of a black SUV was traveling eastbound on Boekel Road when he failed to stop at the stop sign. A minivan was traveling northbound on US95 when it collided with the SUV. The passenger of the SUV was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene of the car accident. All occupants of both vehicles were reportedly wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The driver and three other passengers in the SUV were taken to a nearby medical center for evaluation of injuries. Police suspect alcohol may have been a factor in this accident. The investigation is ongoing.

Passenger Wrongful Death Claim

When a passenger is injured or dies from the negligence of a driver, a wrongful death case can be filed against the negligent driver. In the car accident mentioned above, the passenger was not at fault for the driver speeding. Surviving family members can then bring forth what is known as a wrongful death case.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is a legal term to describe a claim that certain individuals can make against a person who wrongfully or negligently causes the death of another. Wrongful death claims are enacted by the state legislature to govern who can bring a wrongful death claim.

A wrongful death lawsuit allows the victim’s family to seek out compensation any financial losses acquired as a result of the death. Wrongful death is also a way the family can seek justice against the negligent party.

How is a Fatality Crash is a Wrongful Death Case?

The following are some scenarios in which filing a wrongful death case would be applicable.

Car Accident

Many wrongful death cases are filed after a fatal car accident. There are many ways the other driver can be found negligent for the victim’s death following a car accident. For instance, a distracted driver who caused a car crash can be held responsible for their negligent behavior through a wrongful death case if they killed the other driver. Anyone operating a motor vehicle is under oath to act responsibly and drive safely. When a negligent driver chose to do otherwise and harms another, they should be held accountable.

Driving Under the Influence

A driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a prime candidate for being held responsible for a fatality. Clearly, it is easy to see the negligence of a drunk driver.

Premises Liability

Incidents such as a slip and fall accident where the owner of the property should have known of the hazardous circumstances that caused a death make the owner liable of negligence. It is rare for a person to die from a slip and fall accident or other common premise liability scenarios. However, situations such as an accidental drowning, also fall under this category.

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Spokane

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, contact the experienced Spokane personal injury lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm to see if you have a good wrongful death case. We will fight for the compensation you are owed. Call our Spokane law firm now for a free consultation at (509) 482-7274.

Spokane, Washington Law Office

Our Spokane, Washington law firm services clients in and surrounding Spokane, including for injuries and accidents in Spokane Valley and injuries and accidents in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit or call our Spokane law firm today. Parke Gordon LLC 421 W Riverside, Suite 515 Spokane, WA 99201 Phone:(509) 482-7274

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