State appeals court ruled that the victims of the farmers markets tragedy in Santa Monica can sue the city of Santa Monica for railing to adequately provide protection to shoppers at the 3rd Street Promenade weekly market.
A Los Angeles Court Superior Judge had previously ruled that the city of Santa Monica had legal immunity from being sued.
The tragic accident left 10 people dead and 63 injured when George Weller, age 86 crashed his car into shoppers and pedestrians on July 16, 2003. His car plowed through wooden sawhorses which were used as barricades. The National Transportation Safety Board found that the sawhorses were inadequate and the city of Santa Monica did not meet the national, state or city guidelines.
Pedestrian accidents remain some of the most deadly accidents in the State. Often times, it is not only the recklessness of the drivers, that caused the accident, but also the failure of the city, county or state to properly and adequately provide protection and safety measures to all pedestrians.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, call today for a free consultation of your claim (888) 853-6696.