It is expected for motorists to use their best judgment while driving. It's usually even more expected when employees that work for the state are behind the wheel. There have been cases where California state employees have been involved in a car accident. The state has reached multiple million dollar settlements with victims and their families.
Legislators have recently enacted a law customized for accidents concerning the involvement of workers employed by the state. One of the accidents that involved a state employee occurred last year when a chief of Calfire was traveling along the interstate. The employee rear-ended another vehicle, which led to the victim's untimely death. A settlement was reached with the state and the amount of $15 million was paid out to cover the fatal crash.
Another accident occurred back in 2011 with a state employee. The victim was riding a motorcycle at the time of the accident. He is now left paralyzed from the chest down. The victim and the state employee were both deemed responsible for the crash, however, the state reached a settlement to pay $5.7 million to the victim.
A car accident is usually a dangerous and sometimes deadly event. One victim has likely suffered drastic life changes since becoming paralyzed. The other victim is now deceased, leaving a family without their loved one. Victims and families of the deceased may be able to file wrongful death or personal injury lawsuits in California and receive financial compensation if evidence deems the other party responsible for the crash.
Source: therepublic.com, Calif. lawmakers approve $21M in settlements for crashes involving state employees on the job, No author, Sept. 11, 2013