Wrongful death lawsuit filed in Olympia claiming bus driver was negligent in fatal accident

The estate of Robert Smith, 42, of Tacoma, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Intercity Transit Authority, the City of Olympia and a bus driver, Betty Bridges, in the motorcycle accident in which Smith and Tammi Small, 44, of Olympia, were killed.

According to a report in The News Tribune of Tacoma, the bus driver was negligent and did not come to a complete stop at the intersection of Central Street and Ethridge Avenue, thus causing the fatal accident. The wrongful death lawsuit also claims that the City of Olympia had failed to trim the trees and bushes at the intersection.

The police report on the investigation of the accident states that Smith was speeding before the accident. Toxicology reports also show that Smith had methamphetamine in his system.

Washington state has a wrongful death statute which allows the family of a person who has died due to the negligence of another to file a lawsuit on the behalf of their deceased loved one. This case may be successful if the attorney for Smith’s estate is able to prove that the bus driver acted recklessly by not coming to a complete stop at the intersection because Smith had the right-of-way and that Smith’s drug use and speed were less than 50% of the cause of the accident.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and we represent the families of those killed.

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