City Attorney Barbara Parker recommended that the City Council settle the suit “to avoid the risk of an adverse jury verdict.” The other pedestrian, Linda Smith, has also sued the city, saying she was also knocked into the gallery’s glass doors and suffered a broken leg, a collapsed lung, rib fractures and contusions.
Government employees are held to much the same standard as any other operator of a motor vehicle in California. They are charged with a duty to drive in a reasonable manner that avoids causing undue risk of injury to others. When they fail to do so and when they crash their vehicle in the course and scope of their employment, the agency who employs them is held accountable for personal injury or death claims like this one.
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