Family of UW researcher killed in Seattle bicycle accident award $1.5M wrongful death settlement

The family of Kevin Black, a University of Washington researcher who was killed in a 2009 Ballard bicycle accident, has been awarded a $1.5 million wrongful death settlement against the owner of the van that hit Black reports the Seattle PI.com.

Black was a 39-year-old father of two, when he collided with a van that had gone into the designated bicycle lane when attempting to make a u-turn. Black was unable to stop in time and ran into the rear of the van. Black died a short time later at Harborview Medical Center.

Black’s family settled with Ambient Control Co., the owner of the van. The driver of the van was not charged in the accident and he said that he had not seen Black.

Washington’s wrongful death statute allows the family of a person who was killed as the result of negligence recover damages in a civil action against the person or entity whose negligent or wrongful act caused their loved one’s death. Wrongful death lawsuits are often brought on behalf of those who have died in motor vehicle accidents, work-related accidents and criminal acts.

In this case, the Black’s daughters will receive 2/3 of the settlement while their attorney will receive 1/3 for fees.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm and we represent bicycle and car accident victims and their families.

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$1.5 million settlement in Ballard bicycle crash that killed UW researcher
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