For thousands of working parents, leaving their young children in the care of daycare providers is an everyday occurrence.
When parents entrust their children into a daycare environment, they hope their children will be safe.
No matter how carefully children are supervised, accidents can and do happen. This leaves the daycare owner open to liability exposure if a child is injured while under his or her care.
Although this did not happen in Southern California, it could.
Days after the chaos, a family is grieving for the loss of their 4-year old daughter, 14 injured children are recovering, and a man whose car went plowing into a daycare center is behind bars in Florida.
The effects of the tragedy that claimed the life of a 4-year old while she sat waiting for her afternoon snack remains as another child clings to life and two other remain in serious condition.
Reports indicate that the driver crashed into a vehicle, which in turn smashed into the daycare building; he then fled the scene. The driver turned himself into authorities about 24 hours later, and was charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident. He was being held on $100,000 bond.
Apparently he has a lengthy criminal history, including a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving damage, a felony charge of selling narcotics, a felony charge of marijuana possession, and he served prison time for trafficking cocaine and extortion.
So many questions remain unanswered, such as, “What motivated the hit-and-run driver to flee the scene, why did this accident end so violently, and why was a man with his extensive record free in the first place – he has gang ties as well?”
My thoughts and prayers are with the families after this tragic accident. My condolences go out to the family of the young victim and I wish the other children a speedy and complete recovery.
If your child is injured while on another person’s premises, questions of fault and liability can arise, especially in the above situation. The liability of the daycare provider depends on the specifics of the liability laws in the state of California.
It is best to consult an experienced attorney at the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir | Tierney if you suspect negligence of any kind.