Updated on: 11/25/2019
A teen driver is suspected of driving under the influence is under arrest after hitting a car that left one person dead and injured the two other passengers in the car.
The crash occurred Thursday morning just after 2:00 a.m. on I-5 in Federal way.
Authorities say the teen drivers pickup T-boned the car, killing a passenger in the back seat, breaking the wrist of another passenger.
There was also a passenger in the truck who was also hospitalized for injuries.
The truck driver was arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide and is expected to be booked into kin county jail once medically cleared.
Drunk Drivers and Liability
Investigations are ongoing with this crash and full details have not been released at this time beyond what has been reported above. Given the expected arrest upon medical release and police identifying the teenage driver of the pickup that appeared to have caused the accident as a potential DUI, it would appear that this driver would likely be found at fault.
Those injured in an accident by a drunk driver, including the passengers in the vehicle with the drunk driver have the right to pursue a recovery.
The intoxicated driver can be found responsible in cases without extenuating circumstances and their insurance would then be responsible for those injured. Given that the driver in this case was a teen, their parents or guardians may be held liable for their actions as well.
Accidents with Multiple Victims
Insurance policies come in varying sizes and packages, with maximums ranging from thousands to millions depending on what is being insured and who the policy holders are. One additional form of limitation placed on policy holders is the per person and per accident limit.
Per person limits are the total a given policy will pay out to any one individual, while accident limits are the total that can be payed out from any one accident.
These policies can come in any number of ratios such as $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident or $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident.
When someone with a per accident total that is only double the per person total injures more than 1 person, the total funds available, two per person limits, must be split among the injured parties.
In cases like this the accident as a whole is treated as one settlement and injured parties will be made settlement offers that add up to the accident limit.
Even if five people are injured on a $50,000 settlement, that doesn’t mean everyone gets the same recovery, injured parties can still negotiate or hire counsel to claim that their injury was more severe than others to request a higher settlement.
Even in cases where one parties is severely more injured than others however, the per person limit is still in effect, and no one party will be offered a recovery greater than that limit.
If the insurance available from the at fault party is not enough, injured parties can then turn to outside sources, their own insurance, or other groups or policy holders they believe may hold some responsibility for their accident.
Uninsured/ Underinsured Motorist Protection or UIM offers those injured by individuals whose limits do not meet their needs for recovery additional protection and can be an important asset to help meet the needs of an injured party as it was for the victim in this case Davis Law Group settled recently.
No matter how many people were harmed, Davis Law Group is here to help accident victims make the best recovery possible and support and advocate on their behalf along the way.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, call 206-727-4000 or use the chat or contact options on this page to request your free consultation to see what the award-winning team of drunk driving accident attorneys at Davis Law Group can do for you.