A three car accident on January 25 killed one 16-year-old and injured two other drivers. The accident occurred in Bellevue, southbound on Coal Creek Parkway near the intersection with Forest Drive S.W. Authorities suspect the 16-year-old was racing his best friend at speeds well above the posted speed limit. Witnesses saw two cars driving at high speeds, one of which lost control and collided with two other vehicles on the roadway. The drivers of those cars sustained moderate injuries. Authorities are investigating the 16-year-old’s best friend, who was allegedly involved in the racing, for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
Regardless of the criminal charges, the 16-year-old’s family may have a valid civil claim against the driver who was involved in the racing. In addition, the two injured drivers may have civil claims against both the driver and the victim for causing the accident. All parties should contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss their rights and options.
Recently, public concern has increased across America regarding teen drivers and the safety of others on the road. A recent AAA study found that of the fatal accidents involving teen drivers, nearly two-thirds of those killed were other motorists, passengers or pedestrians – not the teen drivers themselves. Bob Carroll, in Tampa Bay, has an interesting story about teen drivers: Teen Drivers Kill Others
For more information regarding this particular accident: Families devastated by crash: Man posts bail in suspected road racing case that ended with best friend’s death