A couple on vacation in Seattle was involved in a deadly pedicab accident that the surviving wife says is the fault of the pedicab company and pedicab manufacturer. The wife and the children of the man killed have filed wrongful death suits in Seattle.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed In Fatal Seattle Pedicab Accident

Posted on Dec 24, 2009

After a man died in a Seattle Pedicab accident last August, his wife and children have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the Washington pedicab company as well as the Chinese manufacturer of the pedicab.

Peter and Mary Dzioba were in Seattle celebrating their 25 wedding anniversary when they took a pedicab ride with Cascadia Cabs. However, at the intersection of Western St. and Cedar St. in Belltown, the pedicab driver lost control of the bike and was not able to brake at the red light. The three-wheeled bicycle plowed into a scooter and minivan, and all three occupants were thrown into the street, where Peter was run over by a car and killed.

Mary Dzioba is seeking damages for loss of consortium, and loss of care, loss of comfort and society, witnessing the death of her husband, her permanent disabilities, and future medical costs. She says the brakes on the pedicabs were not suited for Seattle’s hilly streets and that the pedicab company did not take proper precautions. Both put passengers of the vehicles into danger daily. The cab company claims that they have never before had an incident with brake malfunctioning, that they have a clean history of other accidents, and that they are very sorry for the accident.

Pedicabs are popular tourist attractions in Seattle, though there is very little regulation regarding insurance, safety inspections, and other requirements.

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