When it comes to operating a motor vehicle in traffic, it is generally advisable to remain a safe distance behind other vehicles in case traffic comes to a sudden halt. Those who choose to follow closely behind other vehicles are inherently less capable of reacting to a similar driving scenario. A recent car accident has claimed the life of a 51-year-old man after his vehicle was rear-ended in Washington.
The accident reportedly took place just before 12:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday. According to authorities, a woman brought her vehicle to a sudden halt upon encountering ducks that were attempting to cross the road. While the vehicle behind her was able to stop in time to avoid collision, a truck suddenly slammed into his car from behind, causing a chain reaction crash.
While the driver of the truck didn't suffer any injuries in the crash, the driver of the first car was taken to the hospital for treatment soon thereafter. Unfortunately, the driver of the second vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The investigation is reportedly still underway, and authorities have advised that criminal charges could be filed after the investigation is completed.
When a family loses someone close in a fatal car accident, the search for answers or justice may ensue. Should another driver be deemed at fault in the crash, the surviving family members may be entitled to compensation, but they may need assistance in navigating the civil justice system. By retaining the services of an attorney, a person in Washington could obtain assistance in pursuing the restitution entitled through a claim against the party or parties deemed culpable.