We came across an interesting blog posting entitled “Don’t Want to Risk Going to Jail? You May Have to Give Up Driving!” a reader blog by Kary L. Krismer published in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
In the blog, Krismer discusses two bills in process in the Washington state legislature, HB 2774 and SB 5838. Both bills, according to the blog author, criminalizes car accidents and provide more leeway for prosecution of people in cases of car accidents where someone was seriously injured or killed.
Currently, motorists are charged criminally when they were involved in a car accident and they were driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license or in similar situations. In cases where the driver was just plain negligent, motorists are not charged criminally.
The bills in process in the legislature seek to criminalize car accidents. HB 2774, for example, “addresses traffic infractions where the conduct is a proximate cause of death, great bodily harm, or substantial bodily injury … may be classified as a criminal offense.”
How might these bills affect the car accident victim? The blog author argues that the bills don’t take in account that civil law makes people financially responsible for their negligence and that if more people go to jail because of negligent acts — mistakes — then they will be unable to financially compensate the victim under civil law.
These two bills may have unintended consequences to car accident victims and their families and they are two bills to watch as they wind through the legislature.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent car accident victims and their families. If you or a loved one is seriously injured or a loved one is killed in a car accident due to another person’s negligence, then we will fight for you to obtain the compensation you deserve.