The incident occurred around 9:15 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 9 and Sunnyside School Road.
According to the Washington State Patrol, a 20-year-old Marysville man driving a Honda Accord ran a stop sign at Sunnyside School Road. He hit a Dodge Avenger, which was northbound on Highway 9.
The driver of the Accord and the driver of the Avenger, a 55-year-old Lake Stevens man, were both killed. An 18-year-old Everett man in the Accord and a 54-year-old Lake Stevens woman in the Avenger were both injured and transported to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.
No charges were recommended by the WSP.
Location of the Collision
Fatal Accident Cases in Washington State
If you’ve lost someone in a fatal car accident in Washington state, here are some things you need to know:
1. Insurance is the biggest issue
In most accidents that result in a fatality, the biggest limitation is often the amount of insurance coverage. If a driver only carries the minimum amount of insurance required by law, that is going to significantly lower the possible settlement.
This can be extremely disappointing for a victim’s family. While some cases do settle in the millions of dollars, if the defendant has little to no insurance and no personal assets that can be attached to the case, families are limited to the insurance coverage.
2. Wrongful death claims are really two claims
A loved one taking legal action against a defendant will actually bring two different claims. The first is a wrongful death action — bringing a claim as a member of the victim’s family for the loss suffered because the person is no longer in their life.
The second is a survival action — a personal representative files a claim for compensation to the victim’s estate for the pain and suffering of the victim suffered up to the moment of death.
3. There are no punitive damages in Washington state
When a person is found responsible for a crash that killed someone, it makes sense that part of their punishment would be to pay for the damages. In Washington state this is not the case.
4. Wrongful death cases almost always require a lawyer
Washington state law is complicated in wrongful death accident cases. Families of victims often need a lawyer to sort though the claims that you have to in order to find whatever insurance coverage is out there that might be applicable to the case.
Davis Law Group has handled some of the most prominent wrongful death cases in recent Washington history. For a free case evaluation with an attorney, contact our office today. Call (206) 727-4000.