Police in Redmond say that a 2-year-old girl was tragically killed after being hit by a car at the Redmond Town Center Wednesday evening.
According to KOMO, the girl was walking near the shopping center with a caregiver just before 5 p.m. Wednesday when police say she ran out into traffic. The girl was struck by a vehicle as it was coming to a stop at the intersection. Police say the driver wasn’t able to stop in time to avoid hitting the girl.
The driver reportedly stayed at the scene of the pedestrian accident and was cooperating with investigators as they worked to determine the cause of the collision. Police are still investigating and took a blood draw from the man, though they told reporters they do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision.
“This is a tragic situation for all involved,” said Redmond police chief Ron Gibson. “Our hearts go out to the family of the victim.”
Legal Issues to Consider In Pedestrian Accidents
The investigation into all possible contributing factors to this devastating pedestrian accident will help paint a clearer picture of the legal rights available to the surviving family members of the victim. Liability, causation, and even available insurance coverage will be important details for an investigator to determine in order to better understand the best course of legal action.
Washington state has contributory negligence laws: A person who is found to be partially responsible for their own injuries can still pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim against another person who may have been partially responsible for the same accident.
Even if it is determined that the girl did dart out into traffic, that does not mean that her family would not be able to pursue a wrongful death claim on her behalf. Determining all of these factors is much easier said than done and would be best addressed by a qualified attorney with experience handling pedestrian wrongful death claims.