The city of San Diego has agreed to a settlement for the young child who was seriously injured after being struck by a garbage truck in 2011. The boy, who was 9 at the time of the accident, was skateboarding on Meade Avenue in November 2011 when a San Diego trash truck ran over him. The boy lost his leg, and suffered internal injuries and broken bones in the incident, and the city will pay him an $18.5 million settlement.
While that might sound like a lot of money, the expenses that the boy and his family have incurred in the wake of the truck accident are very high. In addition to the obvious medical and rehabilitative expenses, the boy's family needs a specially designed house and car to accommodate the child's wheelchair.
They also need income-replacement, as the boy's father had to stop working in order to provide care to his son.
The settlement will put an end to the family's legal accusations that the garbage truck driver caused the accident by making an illegal turn.
This case illustrates several important things. It is crucial for children and pedestrians to be very careful near trash trucks. The drivers of these vehicles often make sudden and unpredictable moves, and it is best to keep a safe distance whenever possible. These trucks often back up without warning, and the results can be catastrophic.
When garbage trucks do get into accidents and people are injured, victims generally have the right to hold the city accountable. This is a very dificult process, and victims and their families are wise to seek legal counsel in order to help ensure they are able to obtain a suitable amount of compensation.
Source: CBS 8, "Local boy moving on after tragic trash truck accident," Angie Lee, Sept. 25, 2013