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When Is The City Of San Diego Liable For An Accident?

Craig McClellan

In most personal injury cases, an injured party brings a claim against a negligent party's insurance company. Yet, there are some cases where a municipality, such as the City of San Diego, can also be held accountable for an accident.

Is the City of San Diego liable for your accident? If so, how are government liability cases different from normal personal injury cases?

The city may be held accountable for injuries sustained in an accident caused by the city's:

  • Failure to properly maintain city roads
  • Failure to properly maintain trees and other city property
  • Negligent road design
  • Negligent design of structures
  • Improper traffic control, especially in construction zones
  • Lack of worker supervision
  • Lack of supervision on government property or during a government-run event
  • Some (though not all) government employees

These are just a few of the examples where an injured party may be able to bring a claim against the City of San Diego or another governmental entity.

Claims against the government have different rules from general personal injury claims. There is a separate statute of limitations and, in some cases, government immunity for civil claims. If you believe you have a claim against the City of San Diego or a government agency, it is important to speak with an attorney experienced in government liability cases as soon as possible.