Updated on: 6/8/2020
One person is dead and 3 others injured after a head-on-crash in Lake Stevens.
The crash which happened earlier this year in May and took place on 84th St in Lake Stevens where a 79-year-old woman who was the driver of one vehicle was killed.
The driver of the second vehicle was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and two passengers were mildly injured but treated at the scene.
Investigators have not released a cause for the collision but have stated that initial reports of the crash involved a hit and run reckless driver.
What To Do After A Wrongful Death Accident
The destruction that comes from head on accidents is devastating and unfortunately often results in serious injury or death.
While several passengers from this accident reported only minor injuries, the two drivers appear to have taken the brunt of the impact.
Police work at the scene after the crash to understand what caused an accident by speaking to those involved if possible but can also take witness statements, collect evidence such as vehicle debris or even by using more advanced techniques such as accident reconstruction.
The information they gather in these investigations would all go into and be available in the police report from the accident, which victims can request from police in the days following an accident taking place.
These reports form the foundation of any car accident claim, and allow victims, their families and their representation to begin to plan for the process going forward.
From there an investigation on behalf of the victim will uncover more details about the collision and the damages caused.
Understanding Value Of A Wrongful Death Car Accident Claim
While tracking damages in a traditional personal injury case can be to a certain degree straight forward, when it comes to wrongful death accidents, especially those with multiple injured parties, the evaluation of damages becomes far more complicated.
Placing a value on a wrongful death claim in general is difficult because as humans, it feels inherently wrong to put a dollar amount on a life, but understanding how the systems in place account for certain financial damages after a lost life like funeral costs and potential lost future earnings can make a difference of millions of dollars.
In non commercial wrongful death claims limited available insurance can often become the deciding factor in the amount recovered, however after an accident with multiple injured parties this is more true than ever.
When multiple people are injured after an accident, insurance policies only carry per person and per accident limits to accommodate a limited number of injured parties.
These limits mean that no person injured in an accident will get more than the per person limit, but the total settlement cannot go beyond the per accident limit which often does not include more than 2 to 3 times the per person limit.
All parties injured or killed in an accident will need to agree to settlement terms before any settlement is paid meaning it cases may take more time to settle and involve more complex negotiations.
Long, complex negotiations surrounding the death of a loved one is one of the worst possible scenarios for family members to attempt to handle a claim without proper representation. The insurance companies know families are hurting will rush to settle and pretend it is in the best interest of the victims while depriving them of the full amount they are entitled to.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident and have questions about your claim, the award-winning wrongful death attorneys at Davis Law Group are here to help, offering free case evaluations to accident victims and their families with no obligation to sign.
To request your free case evalaution call 206-727-4000 or use the chat or contact options on this page today.