January 22, 2013--Anaheim, California--In an unusual amusement park accident, a female worker for Disneyland in Anaheim was injured when an undercover officer hit her with his car.
The accident took place on Disney property at Disneyland Drive and Magic Way late in the evening when the officer turned into an intersection, striking the woman and causing non-life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses to the accident claimed that the woman had the right-of-way in the intersection and believe that the officer simply did not see her as she was crossing the street. There is no word on what the officer was doing in that location or if he was going to be charged with any traffic violations.
Disneyland Has Long History In Anaheim
Disneyland in Anaheim has a long history of providing jobs and enjoyment to the public of southern California and visitors from around the world. Disneyland was constructed in 1954 on 160 acres in what was then "rural" Anaheim and has operated since then from that location. By 1965, the park had already had 50 million visitors; today, it hosts 16 million per year and is the largest single-site employer in Orange County with 23,000 employees.
Disneyland has been the subject of numerous lawsuits involving injuries sustained by visitors to the park as well as employees who have been injured on the job or claim discrimination by the company.
Who Is Responsible For Injuries at Disneyland?
The question of liability in this accident could be complicated, and the answer will rest on the answers to several other questions.
•Who was the undercover agent working for at the time of the collision?
•Why was the Disney employee crossing the street at that particular time?
•Was the undercover agent acting outside of his scope as a police officer?
•Was the undercover officer in violation of traffic laws leading to the accident?
If the undercover officer was working for Disney at the time of the accident, the giant park's management could have a liability issue. This is because employees acting in their capacity as workers for a particular company are considered agents of that firm, and any actions they take may be attributed to the employer. Therefore, if the police officer was working for Disney and was on duty at the time of the accident, the company may be liable.
This is also true from the victim's standpoint. If the victim was working at the time or even returning to her car from work, Disney may be liable for the accident since it occurred on company time and property. By contrast, had the woman been hit in downtown Los Angeles while shopping, for example, Disney would have had little to no liability in the matter.
Finally, if the officer was acting outside of his scope as an employee, he may be individually liable for the injuries. This would be the case if the officer was visiting Disney with his children, for example, and acting as a private citizen.
An amusement park accident attorney in Anaheim should examine the facts of this case and help the victim recover damages from the proper person or organization.