A 15-year-old boy is likely to be charged in connection with a fatal Fairfax car accident that occurred late last month
Fox 5 News reports that around 11:20 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, the boy is believed to have stolen a vehicle in Washington, D.C. and sped away, driving “erratically” down Route 236 at a high rate of speed.
A short time later, a state trooper saw that the vehicle matched the description of the stolen car and tried to pull it over, but the driver sped away at an estimated 100 mph.
As the trooper was pursuing him, the driver careened through a red light at an intersection where Routes 29 and 236 meet. He then struck a vehicle driven by a 61-year-old man that had proceeded into the intersection because it had the green light.
That man’s arm was broken in the accident, and a passenger in the stolen vehicle died as a result of the collision.
The driver tried to flee the scene of the accident on foot, but was quickly apprehended by police. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries.
Neither his identity nor that of his deceased passenger has been released.
The 61-year-old man whose arm was broken told a Fox 5 reporter that he works two jobs to support his family. He expressed concern that the injuries he sustained in the auto accident will jeopardize his ability to provide for his family.
Even though the young man may be responsible, neither his insurance company nor the company that insured the stolen vehicle will be responsible for paying damages. This is as a result of a non-permissive use of the vehicle. Insurance companies are usually not required to pay damages when a vehicle is used without permission. The injured man will have to turn to his OWN insurance carrier for his just compensation. The issue will then become what amount of insurance this man purchased for himself. Hopefully he has a large policy. The type of coverage that pays for one’s injuries in a situation such as this is called Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage. It is a mandated safety net in Maryland and D.C. You should check your own coverage to ensure that you have the proper amount, if and in the event something similar should ever befall you!
As a personal injury and wrongful death attorney serving the D.C. area, I often work with clients who express a similar concern. An option for mitigating the economic damage caused by injuries sustained in a motorcycle, truck or car accident is to file a lawsuit and seek recompense for lost wages, missed work and medical expenses.
If this is of interest to you, you are welcome to contact us.
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