Los Angeles officials will pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from a 2012 accident involving a city sanitation truck and a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk.
Trash trucks are an essential part of managing any large urban environment, like Los Angeles. When truck drivers fail to heed basic rules of the road like stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks, though, this can lead to major injuries. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles can lead to major impact and can be fatal. Holding a municipality responsible for an injury caused by one of their drivers falls under the legal theory known as vicarious liability. If the driver is operating within the course and scope of their employment at the time of the incident and the operator is negligent, that negligence is imputable to their employer, in this case the City of Los Angeles.
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