Court of Appeals rules against City of Seattle in pedestrian accident case

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that the Washington State Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Xiao Ping Chen, who filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Seattle after her husband, Run Sen Liu, was critically injured in a pedestrian accident and then subsequently died.

Liu was hit by a motor vehicle as he crossed the intersection at South Jackson Street and 10th Avenue in South in Seattle, February of 2007. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for two years before he died.

In her lawsuit, Chen alleged that Seattle was negligent in maintain the roadway. Evidence showed that there had been previous serious accidents at the same pedestrian crosswalk where Liu was injured.

In reversing a lower court ruling against Chen, the Court of Appeals said, “a municipality has a duty to all travelers to maintain its roadways in conditions that are safe for ordinary travel.”

Washington State has a wrongful death statute which allows the family of a person who was killed due to the negligence of a person or entity to recover damages in a civil action. Wrongful death cases are usually brought on behalf of the deceased by the surviving spouse, child or parent.

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