Woman, two children injured in Federal Way accident

Posted on Sunday, July 12th, 2020 at 10:15 pm    

FEDERAL WAY, WA – A woman and two children were injured in an accident today that was possibly caused by reckless driving.

According to KOMO News, the accident happened when the suspect, a 21-year-old man, apparently ran a red light. He T-boned the side of another car, sending its driver, a woman in her 30s, to the hospital in critical condition. Two girls, ages 5 and 11, were also taken to the hospital for the treatment of minor wounds.

The crash occurred in the 34400 block of Pacific Highway South at around 1 p.m. and resulted in the closure of the highway from 16th Avenue to South 348th Street for cleanup and investigation.

According to the report, the suspect was driving recklessly when the accident happened. He has been taken into police custody for vehicular assault. Authorities say that they do not believe the driver was intoxicated.

This is one in a series of reports provided by the Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee as a service to inform our Seattle neighbors about traffic news and accidents in the area. Many of these accidents are preventable, and we hope that by reporting on such events, we will reduce the frequency of similar incidents. However, if you or someone you know has been injured in a similar situation, contact the Seattle car accident injury attorneys of Jeffrey R. Caffee today for a consultation. You may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses. 

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When you have been involved in any kind of car crash, you should immediately seek medical care even if you do not believe you were hurt. Not all injuries involve immediate symptoms. When possible, take as many pictures as you can of your crash scene before the evidence disappears. Get photographs of the vehicles, people, and any other items you believe may help your case from different angles and distances. Also, be sure to get the contact information for any witnesses to the accident. If you cannot take these steps yourself, ask someone you know to do it for you. Avoid discussing your crash with anybody until you have an attorney, and do not post anything about your accident on social media. Lastly, refuse to provide any recorded statement to an insurance company until you have legal representation.

The Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.080 establishes that a person must begin an action for injury to their person within three years of the date of a car accident. If the crash results in death, then a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within three years of the date of the person’s death (which could be later than the date of their accident).

The Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.190 does allow for the statute of limitations to be tolled (or delayed) when a victim is 1) under the 18 years of age, 2) is “incompetent or disabled to such a degree that he or she cannot understand the nature of the proceedings,” or 3) is imprisoned on a criminal charge prior to sentencing. Such victims will have three years from the date that they turn 18, become mentally competent, or are released from prison. The code also allows for the statute of limitations to be tolled when a defendant is out of the state or concealed within, and their period of absence will generally not be counted as being part of the limitations period.

If you’re hurt due to someone else’s actions or inaction, you could be owed compensation and could recover that through a personal injury claim. This civil action allows injured individuals to recover damages from the party responsible, which will vary depending on the severity of your injuries and the specific circumstances of your case. People who are hurt in an accident caused by negligence could be owed compensation for:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages from time off of work
  • Loss of future earnings if you are disabled due to the accident
  • Repair or replacement of damaged property
  • Pain and suffering
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