Central Valley city to pay $15 Million for accident
May 28, 2008
• Hanford settles negligence claim
• Boy suffered brain damage when hit by a car
Three years ago, Christopher Chan was a 14-year-old riding his bike on a Hanford street when he was hit by a car and severely injured.
Now, the city of Hanford has agreed to pay the parents of the youth $15 million in an out-of-court settlement of a suit that contended the city was negligent in maintaining the roadway and providing appropriate signage.
According to the lawsuit, the intersection where the accident happened was hazardous to schoolchildren crossing to and from school due to its physical makeup, no effective controls and no signage or crossing guard. Hanford’s records showed the city was aware of these dangerous conditions but did not correct them.
Jupiter Chan sued Hanford on behalf of his son, Christopher, who sustained a traumatic brain injury in the accident.
The payments will be spread out over the lifetime of Christopher Chan.
California personal injury law firm Bisnar Chase represented the Chans in the Kings County Superior Court lawsuit.
“This wouldn’t have happened if the elected officials of Hanford were doing their jobs by ensuring the public’s safety,” says Brian Chase, partner in Bisnar Chase. “This case should serve as a warning to other elected city officials: Do your jobs.”