Updated on: 2/17/2020
A 3-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle in the Safeway parking lot in Kirkland on Thursday, according to Kirkland police.
The incident occurred around noon in the parking lot at 10020 Northeast 137th Street.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate the boy but he died at the scene.
Police say the boy was with his mother and several other children when he was struck. Police say that it appears that the driver simply did not see the child.
Further details are not available at this time.
The investigation into the cause of the incident remains under investigation.
Location of the Incident
Filing A Wrongful Death Claim for a Child
When drivers don’t take proper safety measures and check the areas around their vehicle, parking lots can be the site of serious or deadly pedestrian accidents.
Vehicles – particularly SUVs and trucks – have several blind spots, meaning attention must be paid to a driver’s surroundings. Far too many preventable accidents occur every day when the operator of a vehicle doesn’t take a few extra seconds to survey the area before beginning to drive.
Regardless of whether the driver is charged criminally, a child’s family retains the right to file a claim for wrongful death. State laws vary on who may bring wrongful death lawsuits, but one thing is clear: in all states, close family members like spouses, children and parents can bring wrongful death actions.
Nearly all wrongful death claims involved some type of negligence, as is the case in personal injury claims where there are non-fatal injuries. The damages, however, are different. Here are some of the available damages in a wrongful death claim:
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Loss of the victim’s future earnings
- Loss of inheritance
- Damages for pain and suffering of the surviving family
- Loss of care, nurturing and companionship of the surviving family
These damages are calculated by an experienced economist, and the factors at play are numerous. They include family situation, earning potential, health and character all come into play when determining how much a wrongful death claim is worth. Cases such as these can become extremely complex, and it’s wise to contact a wrongful death attorney to evaluate your case and help you navigate the process.
Attorney Chris Davis and the legal team at the Davis Law Group can assist you in your wrongful death case. If you have lost a loved due to a wrongful death accident in Washington State, call us at (206) 727-4000, use the chat feature below or fill out the contact form on this page to schedule a free legal consultation.