Family settles wrongful death lawsuit with Metro after pedestrian killed in bus accident

The father of Donald Barrett, 40, who was struck and killed by a bus, settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority (Metro) for about $1.43 million. Barrett was a pedestrian on a city street and in an intersection when he was struck and killed.

In the case of Barrett V. Los Angeles Co. Metro. Transp Auth, the attorneys representing Barrett’s father and estate sued the bus driver saying that the bus driver was negligent and did not keep a proper lookout and yield to pedestrians.

The lawsuit also claimed that the bus driver did not follow Metro policy when the driver began the turn before the signal light had changed to green.

The defendants in the lawsuit claimed that Barrett stepped into a crosswalk without a walk signal and also failed to take into account a bus making a turn.

Both parties settled the lawsuit before it went to trial for about $1.43 million.

A “wrongful death” is when a person is killed due to a wrongful or negligent act of another. Often wrongful death lawsuits arise from motor vehicle accidents but they can also arise from criminal attacks, on-the-job accidents or activities such as school sports.

In Washington state, the family of a person who was wrongfully killed may file a lawsuit asking for damages on behalf of their deceased loved one.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We hare more than 30 years representing families with their wrongful death claims.

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