Speeding Teenage Driver Crashes Into Sammamish Garage

Updated on: 9/12/2019

Police in Sammamish say a teenager caused a serious vehicle-into-building crash after driving a car at extremely high speeds before crashing into several objects, including a parked vehicle and eventually a house.

According to Q13 Fox News, the 16-year-old driver and a teenage passenger were traveling at speeds upwards of 75 miles per hour on 232nd Place NE in Sammamish Tuesday when the vehicle began to lose control. The car crashed into a power box before striking a tree, then crashed into a parked vehicle before finally colliding with the garage of a home in the neighborhood and coming to a stop.

The crash knocked out power to at least one home in the neighborhood, which crews fixed a couple of hours later. Fortunately, no one suffered any injuries as a result of the collision. Investigators told Q13 that the driver was traveling way too fast and that the King County Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate the incident. There was no word about whether the driver received a citation.

Legal Responsibility For Accidents Caused By A Minor

Washington state’s family car doctrine recognizes that parents can be held legally responsible for injury or other damages caused by a family member driving a vehicle which is owned, provided, or maintained by the adult parent or guardian. The one caveat is that the minor driver must have had permission to drive the vehicle in order for liability to apply to the parent.

This means that parents should consider their own personal responsibility in the event that their son or daughter causes an accident. Parents or guardians who do not have sufficient liability insurance coverage could face financial challenges in the event that their child causes a serious injury collision.

The award-winning personal injury attorney Chris Davis and the legal team at Davis Law Group have published a free legal guide for parents of teen drivers. Order your free copy of the book today by visiting the Washington Accident Books homepage.

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Christopher M. Davis is principal attorney and founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.
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