Sheria A. Warner, 35, of Beaverton, Oregon was struck and killed by a passing motor vehicle after she was ejected from the motorcycle she was riding on on Interstate 90 near George on Friday evening.
Warner was riding on a Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by a 56-year-old Federal Way man when she ended up in the left lane. The vehicle that struck her did not stop after hitting her.
The motorcycle driver is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. If this proves to be the case, he faces serious charges of Vehicular Homicide. Washington state vehicle code, RCW 46.61.520, provides that if a person is killed in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was under the influence, driving recklessly or driving without regard to the safety of others, the driver can be found guilty of a class A felony punishable under chapter RCW 9A.20.
Washington state’s vehicular homicide statute considers a motor vehicle as a deadly weapon when used negligently.
Drunk driving is a factor in approximately 50% of all motor vehicle accidents that involve a fatality. Those found guilty can be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison and fined up to $50,000. However, sentencing guidelines provide for a range of 78-102 months. The penalties also include revocation of the driver’s license and a requirement to install an ignition interlock device.
When a loved one dies due to the fault of another person or entity, the surviving family members may be able to bring about a wrongful death lawsuit. Under Washington state law, the surviving family members may seek compensation on behalf of their loved one including funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship.
A wrongful death lawsuit involves all types of fatal accidents from motor vehicle accidents, product liability, medical malpractice or assault.
Wrongful death lawsuits may be brought against the at-fault driver in a motor vehicle accident.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents.
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