Normally, liability in an auto accident is easily determined. Fault usually relies on the police report of the accident, which typically defines one driver as being at fault or, at least, more at fault than another. However, when the crash involves a government vehicle, liability can get somewhat murky. This is especially true for vehicles that are hit by vehicles like police cars, government ambulances, and government firetrucks or rescue vehicles. These vehicles may be held not liable due to a circumstance of law called sovereign immunity. This may also apply to other city vehicles, such as sanitation trucks, if the accident occurs while in the course of duty.
WSB TV reports on a City of Atlanta Recycling truck that crashed into a parked car and drove away.
People who live on Stoveall Street in Atlanta are used to people who speed through their neighborhood. What they aren’t used to is a city recycling truck hitting a parked car and speeding off. Video was caught that showed the driver, who appeared to be speeding at the time, slowing down to try and squeeze the large truck between two vehicles. It hit one of the vehicles and drove away on July 4th.
On the video, a close look reveals that “City of Atlanta” written on the side of the truck. It also appears that the city seal on the door. However, the date of the accident, July 4th, was a day when city trash services were suspended. A spokesperson from the City of Atlanta said that GPS trackers on vehicles showed none of their vehicles on Stoveall Street on July 4th.
The city is looking into whether or not any of their vehicles were sold or auctioned off recently.
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