Our San Diego injury lawyer knows how dangerous the streets of our city can be, especially for children. Roadways are full of cars, motorcycles, trucks, and delivery vehicles during the day and night. Unfortunately, the people driving these vehicles do not always follow the road laws carefully. That is why car and trucks accidents remain one of the leading causes of death and serious injury for young community members. In the vast majority of cases these accidents can and should have been prevented. Car accident lawsuits result when local drivers fail to act reasonably causing an accident that hurts others.
For example, last November the driver of a city garbage truck attempted to make an illegal turn by pulling into another lane and then moving in reverse through the intersection. According Channel 10 News out of San Diego, as the driver attempted to change course with his oversized vehicle, truck struck a 9-year-old boy named Luke Acuna, who was riding his skateboard home from school. The collision resulted in the boy losing one of his legs.
Now, several months later, as medical bills continue to pile up for Luke’s family, his parents are filing a lawsuit against the city of San Diego in an effort to get compensation for Luke’s injuries, as well as some assistance with the huge financial burden that he and his parents will now have to bear. An attorney for the family estimates that over Luke’s lifetime, his care will cost millions of dollars. This will include things like surgeries, medications, in-home care, rehabilitation, and hopefully, one day, a prosthetic leg for Luke. In addition, his family may have to move to another house or at least make modifications to their home in order to allow him to get around in a wheelchair. While they are hopeful that one day Luke will be fitted for a prosthetic leg, his injuries were such that he may not ever regain enough control to be capable of using one.