The family of Peter Dzioba, age 60 of New Britain, Connecticut, who was killed in a pedicab accident in Seattle in August of 2008, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the pedicab company, Cascadia Cabs, and the pedicab manufacturer, Ningbo Nanyang Corporation of China reports The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Dzioba was killed in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle when the pedicab he and his wife were riding in could not stop at a red light and was hit by a minivan. Dzioba was thrown from the pedicab and he was run over by the minivan. Dzioba’s wife Mary and the pedicab driver were also injured in the accident.
The lawsuit claims that the brake design on the pedicab was not adequate. The suit also claims that Cascadia did not properly train their drivers on how to drive and stop safely. The lawsuit cites the Washington Product Liability Act, RCW 7.72 which describes the responsibility of a manufacturer for the sale of defective and dangerous products to consumers.
Mary Dzioba filed the suit as the representative of her husband’s estate. The wrongful death lawsuit was also filed on behalf of Dzioba’s children, Patrick Andrew Dzioba, Colin Thomas Dzioba, Matthew Joseph Dzioba and Kelly Malarkey Dzioba. Washington state has a wrongful death statute which allows the family members of a person killed because of another’s wrongful or negligent act recover damages.