On Tuesday, six teenagers from the Olympia-area were involved in a car accident that sent three of these teenagers to Harborview Medical Center with life- threatening injuries. The Honda carrying the six teenagers, five females and one male, collided with a Sports Utility Vehicle heading in the opposite direction on Ruddle Road at about 3:45 p.m.
Three of the teens were ejected from the car during the crash. One of the ejected teens was run over by the Honda that was spinning out of control.
The driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries. There were no passengers in the SUV.
It is unknown which vehicle crossed the road’s center line or what caused the accident. Police do not suspect that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.
The three teenagers transported to Harborview have life-threatening injuries; the other passengers in the Honda were treated at local facilities for less serious injuries.
The first step here is to determine the cause of the accident. If the driver of the Honda is at-fault there is nothing to prevent the injured passengers (or their families) in bringing claims against the driver, despite the fact that they may be friends. If the driver of the SUV is found to be at-fault it would be advisable for each person in the Honda to retain separate legal counsel, especially considering the disparity in the injury severity of the Honda’s passengers.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.