City Rejects Claim Of Worker Who Backed City Truck Into His Own Vehicle

Many of the newspapers and blogs I saw that carried this story had some variety of “Man Sues Himself” as the headline and ridiculed the claimant, and that is the line the city is selling as well, but that doesn’t seem right to me. All kinds of claims result from a person’s own negligence. You’re playing with your car’s CD player and ram a mailbox, you forget the iron on and burn down your house: it’s covered.
The link I provided is to the hometown paper of the claimant. Make sure you look at the reader comments below the story, that’s free speech in action. I may not have all the facts, but it appears the guy was doing his job as an arm of the city and that’s how his car was accidentally damaged. Unless he did it on purpose, I think the city should pay the claim. What if a firefighter was on his way to an emergency and ran his fire truck into his own car? Would that change your mind about whether the city should pay the claim?

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