As an Auburn wrongful death lawyer working at a Seattle auto accident law firm I have seen the devastation that a wrongful death of a child can have on parents and the rest of the family. Teenage drivers have far less experience and even if they are an incredibly safe driver they still don’t have enough time behind the wheel to be prepared for tough situations.
Earlier this week I talked about the tragic auto accident that killed 21-year-old Cory Elam when the driver of the car he was riding in lost control and smashed into a concrete bridge in Auburn. The driver, a 17-year-old boy from Granite Falls, was driving in a group with another car after leaving a youth event in Bonney Lake. According to Auburn Police both cars were speeding and driving dangerously when the 17-year-old driver, whose name has not been released, tried to pass his friends on a one lane road where passing is not legal and lost control. Police have been able to rule out drugs and alcohol as possible causes for the fatal auto accident and witnesses say that both cars were speeding.
Although the investigation is ongoing and Auburn Police have not made any definite conclusions it is starting to look as though they will charge the driver with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. If police decide that his reckless driving was the cause of the auto accident, and from what it looks like it would be hard to say that anything else caused it, the teen driver could be looking at serious jail time. This tragic accident is just one of the many reasons why it is so important to teach our kids safe driving practices and to stop them from driving with too many friends in the car until they are responsible enough.