Seattle Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled by Family of Cyclist

The website reported in an article on April 28, 2009 that the family of Bryce Lewis, 19 who was killed when a dump truck struck the bike she was riding, has settled out of court. The family attorney stated that parents Marc and Laura Paolicelli of Colorado, agreed to an unrevealed sum of money from Nelson & Sons Construction of Woodinville.

According to Police Reports, Lewis and friend Caleb Hall were riding in a bike lane on Eastlake Avenue East near the University Bridge in 2007 when a dump truck owned by Nelson & Sons and driven by David McClane made a right turn without warning the riders. Apparently unaware he had hit anything, McClane kept driving for a short period before stopping.

Months after the tragic bike accident in Washington, a large group of bicyclists carried out a wheeled demonstration along the streets of Seattle in memory of Lewis and to call on city officials to take more actions to ensure bike safety, particularly in the Eastlake neighborhood.

Christensen said, “Nelson & Sons stepped forward and did the right thing and the family was satisfied by their gestures.”

Accidents involving trucks account for over 130,000 injuries in the United States. There are 5,000 deaths each year and close to 35% of the injuries are catastrophic. Trucks over 10,000 pounds (semis and tractor-trailer) represent only 3% of all registered vehicles but are responsible for over 25% of vehicle related deaths.

Death and injuries from trucking accidents in Washington is on the rise. The laws surrounding trucking accidents are different than laws covering other accidents, which is why it is so important to contact a law firm with specific Washington truck accident lawsuit experience.

The Bernard Law Group has experience in filing Seattle trucking lawsuits and recovering significant damages from truck accidents. Our firm handles almost every trucking accident case on a contingent basis, meaning that we only get paid if we win your case. Please call the skilled Seattle wrongful death lawyers of Bernard Law Group at 1-800-418-8282 for a free consultation.

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