The family of a 29 year old Glendale, Arizona woman who was killed when an amphibious Seal Tours vehicle struck her at a dangerous intersection has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of San Diego. 10News reports that the attorneys representing the family filed the suit based on the dangerous design of a “No Crossing” sign, which was small and off to the side, making it difficult for pedestrians to see.
Reports say that the driver of the Seal Tours vehicle did not see the woman when he made a right hand turn at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway, a notoriously busy intersection of the Embarcadero. According to the police report, the driver of the vehicle sat at about 17 feet above ground; however, Old Town Trolleys, the owner of the amphibious vehicle said that it’s closer to 10 feet.
The investigation of this San Diego pedestrian accident is still pending, but there is a possibility that more than one party could be found liable. Since the intersection at which the accident occurred is problematic, the city of San Diego could be held responsible for not maintaining proper signage to ensure public safety. In addition, the Seal Tours vehicle owner and the driver could be held liable as well depending on what the evidence shows.
City and state officials have a responsibility to the public to ensure that proper signage is clearly visible at all intersections to help prevent fatal pedestrian and auto accidents. However, when city streets and signs are not maintained, an otherwise safe area becomes extremely dangerous and can result in serious injury or wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve to understand your rights. Steven Elia, experienced San Diego wrongful death attorney and founder of The Elia Law Firm, APC, has handled a variety of wrongful death cases and can help you decide how to best proceed with your wrongful death claim. To learn more about our firm and to schedule a no obligation consultation, call 619-444-2244 today.
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