There is an inherent risk associated with driving on Washington’s roads and highways. Most find themselves willing to accept this risk, however, due to the assumption that almost all other motorists one might encounter on the road care about avoiding accidents just as much as they do.
Unfortunately, there are instances where that assumption proves false. There may be cases where one takes to the road intending to do harm. Their intention may be to harm themselves, yet in the process, they often end up impacting others.
Wrong-way collision on State Route 167 produces fatal results
Authorities are currently attempting to determine if such intent existed in aA multi-car collision that recently occurred in Renton. Per the Auburn Examiner, witnesses reported a pickup truck driving the wrong way along SR-167. By the time first responders arrived at the scene, the results of a series of collisions (involving as many as eight vehicles) awaited them. The driver of the pickup died in the accident; officials also found a motorcyclist hit during the collision who later died from his injuries. Fire ultimately engulfed the pickup truck and a commercial vehicle involved in the collision, resulting in a shutdown of all northbound lanes on the highway that lasted several hours.
Seeking compensation in a fatal collision
Many might look at cases like this (where the person or party responsible for a car accident died in the collision) and wonder what the point of accident victims seeking compensation through legal action may be (given that there is apparently no one to provide them with it). Yet in such a scenario, accident victims may seek compensation from one’s estate. Doing so, however, can be a complex process. Thus, those seeking to undertake it may first wish to consult with an experienced legal professional.