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Fatal Accident

Our Tacoma Attorneys Pursue Justice After Fatal Accidents

Experienced representation for grieving families who demand accountability

Family members who suddenly lose a loved one to an accident naturally feel violated; someone precious to them has been stolen, and the years of happiness they anticipated have been obliterated. At Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., we understand your desire to hold negligent or reckless individuals accountable for the harm they’ve caused. Since 1959, we’ve helped next of kin recover damages for wrongful death resulting from:

  • Auto accidents
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Accidental drowning
  • Medical malpractice
  • Product defect accidents

Understanding the leading causes of accidental death

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control on injury deaths, the leading specified causes of unintentional injury death are:

  • Motor vehicle traffic accidents — Approximately 30,000 motorists, passengers and pedestrians die in collisions annually.
  • Unintentional poisoning — This category includes drug overdoses and is the leading accidental killer for ages 25 through 64. Drug poisonings increased six-fold from 1980 to 2008. Drug poisonings involving opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, tripled from 1999 to 2008.
  • Falls — Falls are the leading cause of accidental death for persons over the age of 65.
  • Suffocation — This is the number one cause of accidental death for infants.
  • Drowning — This is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 through 4.

However, the American Association for Justice makes a strong argument for including preventable medical errors on this list. A 1999 report by the U.S. Institute of Medicine estimated that as many as 98,000 preventable deaths occur each year due to medical errors. If true, that number would place deaths caused by medical error at the top of the CDC’s list of injury deaths and make medical malpractice the sixth leading cause of death in the country.

Fatal traffic accidents in Washington are on the decline

The good news for anyone who travels on Washington roads is that the number of deaths from vehicle accidents has declined each of the last years for which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released statistics. Starting from a high of 521 fatalities in 2008, these deaths reached a low of 444 in 2012. However, both motorcycle accident deaths and pedestrian fatalities have increased during the same period.

Contact our wrongful death attorneys for fatal accident representation in Washington

If you lost a loved one in a fatal accident, you may feel you’ll never have closure unless you obtain justice. At Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., we understand your desire to honor your loved one’s life by making sure someone is held accountable for the death. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation, call us at 253.250.4516 or contact our office online.

Are You a Victim of the MultiCare-Good Samaritan Hospital Hepatitis C Exposure?
Our firm is actively taking on representation of clients who were patients at MultieCare-Good Samaritan Hospital and were exposed to Hepatitis C and perhaps other diseases. We are investigating the actions of MultiCare and its employees as well as the MultiCare system itself that led to this crisis occurring.

If you have information about this incident, or previous incidences of MultiCare employees misusing narcotic medications intended for patients, or if you have legal questions about this matter and your rights, our lawyers are available to assist you at 253-383-5388.
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  • "Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "

  • "Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "

  • "Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "

  • "Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "

  • "Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "

  • "Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "

  • "Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "

  • "Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "

  • "Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "

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  • "I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."

  • "John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."

  • "Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "

  • "Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "

  • "I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "

  • "Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "

  • "The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "

  • "Molly Crowley is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I felt I was very well represented!! "

  • "Molly Crowley was knowledgeable, kept me informed every step of the way and just did a great job! "

  • "We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "

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