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City liability databases offer up wide range of stories

After a quick-hit investigation in to liability payouts for sewer damages, Marc Davis of The Virginian-Pilot continues to find stories within city liability databases. For instance, accidents involving city vehicles cost taxpayers millions. "The cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach paid about $7.5 million to more than 1,700 victims of vehicular accidents in 2004, 2005 and 2006, according to a Virginian-Pilot analysis." Yet sovereign immunity protects these cities in other cases. Often, it is nearly impossible to get reimbursed for accidents caused by a city employee's negligence, especially if they happen at school.

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