Washington State Patrol reported a wrongful death accident caused by a DUI driver. A former Fairchild airman was killed in a car accident when a drunk driver struck his vehicle from behind causing it to spin unexpectedly into oncoming traffic. He was then hit again by another vehicle. Police say the drunk driver had an outstanding warrant for a DUI hit and run and could not remember the details leading to this wrongful death accident. The drunk driver was arrested with his third DUI charge. He also has had two felonies, 15 misdemeanors and 11 failures to appear. The twin brother of the deceased posted on Facebook saying he is angry about his brother’s death but doesn’t want that to be mistaken for hate towards the drunk driver.
Wrongful Death Overview
Wrongful death occurs when someone is killed due to another person’s negligence or misconduct. For example, when a drunk driver kills another driver, a wrongful death case may be filed by the surviving family members of the deceased. Keep in mind a criminal prosecution may be related to the fatality but a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action that is separate from any criminal charges. The standard of proof is lower in a civil case than it is in a criminal case.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Case
A wrongful death lawsuit depends largely on the state in which the accident took place. Each state legislature has enacted wrongful death statues that govern who can bring a wrongful death claim. In all states, spouses, children, and parents of unmarried children are able to file a wrongful death case. In some states, others such as putative spouses or financial dependents can also recover damages. In addition, some states allow siblings and grandparents to bring a claim. Contact the experienced wrongful death attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane to see if you have a good wrongful death case.
What Types of Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Case?
A lawsuit for wrongful death may recover both economic and noneconomic damages to be distributed to eligible family members or dependents.
Economic damages may include the following.
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost household
- Loss of support and income
- Lost prospect of inheritance
Noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering may also be recoverable. The award for damages will include interest starting from the date of death.
Contact a Spokane Wrongful Death Lawyer Immediately
Contact the Spokane wrongful death lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm to find out if you are entitled under the statute to bring a claim and if so, what types of damages you are entitled to recover. We are aggressive, experienced, and trusted and will fight to ensure you get a fair settlement. Call the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane for a free consultation. Our attorneys can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Or if you prefer, we can also meet in person. This is your opportunity to discuss your potential wrongful death case with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. Call our Spokane law office now at (509) 482-7274 to get started on your case.
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