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Recommendations made to cut San Diego's liability costs

Posted at 12:02 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 15:02:13-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Results of an audit show the City of San Diego has paid hundreds of millions of dollars in liability claims.

From 2010 to 2018, the city had 20,000 liability claims, which has resulted in $220 million in public liability costs. That translates to about $25 million per year to settle or resolve these claims.

At the top of that list, as far as the number of cases, involves city vehicle accidents with 2,075 claims, where the city paid $38.7 million. Also included in this list are trips and falls, with 931 claims and the city paid $14.7 million towards those liability costs.

The City Auditor’s Office also made recommendations to reduce the number of claims. When it comes to trips and falls, they suggested the city focus on fixing the sidewalks in high pedestrian areas. Their data has found people are four times as likely to trip and fall in those areas of the damage to the sidewalk.

When it comes to accidents involving city drivers, they believe there needs to be more training for them.

The report will now be forwarded over to the City Council for review.