Legal Issues

Ride the Ducks Deaths Help Spur State Legislature to Fix Wrongful Death Law

Ride the Ducks Deaths Help Spur State Legislature to Fix Wrongful Death Law

Our state’s Wrongful Death bill was completely overhauled today in a landslide vote by the legislature.

After five international students were killed in the Ride the Ducks Aurora Bridge crash, the community was upset to learn that the claims of the students over the age of 18 who did not have dependents (children) was strictly limited because of an ancient law whose roots were traced to racist rationale.  Washington was one of only three states to still have wrongful death laws like this on the books.

Washington May Change Its Unfair Wrongful Death Law

Washington May Change Its Unfair Wrongful Death Law

Parents who have raised children into adulthood know that little actually changes that one midnight when a child turns 18.  At 11:59 p.m., a 17-year old lives at home with his parents, is wrapping up high school with some degree of senioritis, and probably attempting to decide what to do next.  At 12 a.m., the 18-year old is doing the same thing.  Yes they are suddenly eligible to buy a cigar or serve in the military, but the love relationship between a parent and their child does not change.  With one awful exception.