Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Richardson v. DMV (Cal. Ct. App. - July 11, 2018)

Yes, the 93-year old woman at issue had a history of causing accidents.  Yes, the DMV suspended her license previously, and yes, I'm confident that other DMV employees may not have passed her on her final driving test.  And, yes, she hit the plaintiff on his motorcycle and caused serious injuries.  ("The accident severed Richardson’s left leg, broke his right leg and pelvis, damaged his spine, and left him paralyzed from the waist down.")

But there's a specific statute that immunizes the DMV for liability for making alleged mistakes in the issuance or licenses.  So it rightly obtains summary judgment.

Sorry about that.  But it's the law.