My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: Washington
I wish I would have found this site earlier. I feel as if I am constantly getting the run around and ultimately the shaft. I was involved in an accident with my children. We were rear ended by a drunk driver at a four way stop on a rural rd. The posted speed limit was 40 mph and the driver was in excess to that. Needless to say the car was totaled. My children were banged up a bit but mostly suffered a lot of emotional damage like anxiety. Especially when we drive by the sight of the accident. I on the other hand received injuries to my neck, mid- back, chest and left foot. I have had an uphill battle due to having prior lower back issues. This requires a discussion on its own but not my focus at the moment. When I was taken away by the ambulance the arresting officer had admitted to me that the adjacent suburb city had release the DUI driver the day before and he had received his vehicle from impound that day as well. That was his 3rd DUI. When we were hit it was his 4th. I had returned to work the next morning only because I had been out of work and could not afford to not be there. I needed my things out of my car so my wife went to retrieve them. While she was there the owner of the tow yard told her to follow the gentleman that he had just helped and that he was walking to the same area of storage. She quickly recognized him when she saw which vehicle he had went to. She had picked up my kids from the accident and knew what the other vehicle looked like. Apparently he had never went to jail. He had a medical condition of some sort.
My question is: If you have some one that is habitually committing felony crimes (4 dui's seem to be a pattern) and now someone has been injured where does that responsibility lie? If he had been detained properly, our last 3 1/2 years might still be in tact. Now I know that his insurance covers the property loss and the injury case but what about the crime. To me, it's like letting a pedophile go and then re offends the next day. Does someone have to die before we care? I had called the arresting officer and he was in agreement to me and a bit baffled himself. I have brought this up to my attorney many times and he just looks at me like he doesn't understand what I am saying. All replies and input are welcome.