A recent accident at the intersection of B Avenue and 4th Street in Coronado led to the death of an elderly man who was attempting to cross the street. It was the second fatal accident at that intersection in recent memory, as a teenager was killed last year while riding his bike across the street. Now residents are up in arms about the city’s apparent inability to properly control the intersection.
One group of residents wants the city to put a new traffic signal at the intersection to help reduce the likelihood of crashes occurring. However, officials from the city say they cannot do anything about the intersection for at least three years due to a variety of legal red tape issues they face. This excuse isn’t good enough for residents throughout the city, many of whom have been advocating for a traffic signal at that intersection for years. Opponents of a new traffic signal say it would decrease property values in the area, however.
Injury claims against municipalities
If you or a loved one is injured due to another party’s actions or negligence, you may have the ability to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. If the liable party was a city or government entity, however, there are some extra complications involved. In this particular case, for example, a person aiming to file a lawsuit against the city for failing to install a traffic signal would need to prove there was reason to believe the intersection was dangerous and the city ignored those dangers.
After a serious car accident in the San Diego area, be sure to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.