Updated on: 11/22/2021
A 19-year-old woman was killed after being hit by a pickup truck in Spanaway.
According to reports, the woman was walking along the southbound lanes when the pickup truck driver hit her.
The other driver, a 19-year-old woman, was reported to have remained at the scene. Police say there were no signs of impairment.
Legal Options for Surviving Family Members
This accident is an incredible tragedy. Dealing with the grief of losing a loved one should not be capitalized by hours spent researching whether there is any kind of settlement available. Few details are known at this time, but unless the victim is found to be at-fault for the accident there may be a chance that the family can file a wrongful death claim. Washington is a contributory negligence state, meaning that the driver and victim can each be held partially liable for the accident and the family can receive some compensation.
Another factor to consider is the fact that the driver was 19 years old. The family car doctrine may come into play which could expand the available insurance for any potential claim. If the car belonged to a parent or other family member, then it is possible the doctrine would apply. An experienced Washington pedestrian accident attorney would be able to tell from the case research whether it would be a factor.
Davis Law Group has been handling cases like these for over twenty years, helping grieving families receive the settlements or jury awards they deserve. The legal team offers free case evaluations to help determine the next best steps. It is especially important to consult with an experienced attorney in a case that has many complexities. If you or someone you know has lost a loved one in an accident, you can schedule a free case evaluation by using the chat or contact form on this page or by calling 206-727-4000.