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Police Chase Car Accident Lawyer

At times, law enforcement officers pursue drivers they believe to be breaking the law. The sad reality is that, when officers engage in high-speed pursuits, innocent drivers and pedestrians may pay the price. Every year, innocent bystanders are injured or killed in police chases. 

While law enforcement officers are trained to handle these types of driving situations, the general public is not. The police must weigh apprehending a suspect against the cost of possibly harming a civilian when they decide to pursue a suspected criminal. 

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a police chase accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses. The personal injury lawyers of Fielding Law can evaluate your case and inform you of your legal options. Schedule your free case review today. 

Contact a member of our legal team by calling(877) 880-4090. Someone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to take your call.

Understanding the Danger of Police Chases

Police officers must perform a careful balancing act. On the one hand, it is their duty to protect the people under their jurisdiction. This may necessitate engaging in a high-speed police chase to apprehend a dangerous criminal. 

On the other hand, a high-speed police chase may occur in a residential area, on a busy highway, through a parking lot, or in other locations that endanger the public. 

The following are some of the reasons why high-speed chases are so dangerous to bystanders:

  • Increased reaction times: Vehicles involved in police chases may reach speeds of over 100 mph. As a driver’s speed increases, the amount of time required to react to hazards decreases. This means that the driver may not have enough time to swerve or brake to avoid other drivers of pedestrians in their pathway. 
  • Vehicle malfunction: A high-speed chase may go on for miles, putting a strain on vehicles. Brakes, tires, or other parts may wear out during the chase. Tire blowouts often occur during high-speed chases. The tires heat up, and they tear apart under the stress placed on them. 
  • Reckless driving: Both the suspect and the officers pursuing them may engage in reckless driving maneuvers during the chase. This may involve speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, running traffic lights or signals, or driving onto sidewalks and into yards. Reckless driving can result in a driver losing control of his or her vehicle and hitting another car or person. 

Who is Liable for Police Chase Car Accidents?

When innocent bystanders are injured or killed during police pursuit, someone needs to be held liable. A police chase accident may leave victims suffering physically and emotionally. Both victims and their families deserve to be compensated for their losses. 

If you were a driver, pedestrian, or another party injured in a police chase car accident, you might expect compensation for your injuries to be straightforward. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. For this reason, it is important to have a police chase accident lawyer on your side representing you. 

One of the first steps your Fielding Law attorney will take is to work to establish liability. Various parties, both directly and indirectly involved in the police chase, could be held responsible for damages. 

The suspect

Suspects may be trying to evade law enforcement officers. Their main focus is to avoid getting caught – protecting pedestrians, other drivers, bicyclists, and others around them is not likely to be their top priority. While fleeing from the police, a suspect may take risks and drive recklessly. 

A suspect may be held liable for damages for causing injuries due to:

The police department and officers involved

Even if a police officer was directly responsible for your injuries, it still may be difficult to hold that individual liable for the accident if the chase was considered warranted and part of his or her duties. However, if the police officers engaged in a high-speed chase that should have been called off for being unwarranted or due to safety risks or violation of police department policy, they might be liable for any injuries that occurred. 

Law enforcement guidelines regarding high-speed chases vary somewhat from state to state. If a police department has set policies that put innocent civilians at risk, they could also share liability. 

While it is challenging to win a lawsuit against law enforcement, it’s possible with the right personal injury attorney representing you. Contact Fielding Law to schedule a free case evaluation. 

Government agencies

In some rare situations, a government agency may be accountable for damages incurred in a police pursuit accident. There are agencies responsible for police training, driving instruction, adherence to safety protocols, and other aspects of law enforcement. If one or more of these parties are found negligent, a claim or lawsuit could be filed against them.  

Factors Police Officers Must Consider 

Law enforcement officers are allowed a range of authority to carry out their duties and protect the public. At the same time, they are expected to do this within the boundaries and rules outlined by their specific departments, which also clarify when it is reasonable to initiate and terminate a high-speed chase. 

Before and/or during a high-speed chase, a police officer needs to consider factors such as:

  • The severity of the suspect’s offense and the danger they pose to the community
  • Whether the area they are in has a high volume of vehicles and pedestrians
  • The traffic, weather, and road conditions
  • Whether there are safer alternatives available
  • The risk a police chase poses to those in the area

If a chase was initiated due to a traffic violation or some other low-level offense, then there is a greater chance that the officer could be held liable for an accident and resulting injuries. However, if the officers engaged in a chase to apprehend an armed robber or someone else who posed a safety risk to the community, then their actions may be considered justifiable.

High-Speed Chases Can Cause Severe Injuries

Victims of police chase accidents may suffer debilitating, life-altering injuries. Pedestrians or bicyclists tend to suffer the most harm since they don’t have the steel protection that a car provides. 

A car accident lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation for many different types of injuries including:

Why Hire a Police Chase Accident Lawyer

Due to the legal elements involved, making a success of personal injury claims or wrongful death lawsuits involving high-speed police chases can be difficult. This is especially true if you are bringing a lawsuit against the police themselves. It’s not something that you will want to take on by yourself. You will need a skilled team of lawyers by your side representing you. 

The personal injury lawyers at Fielding Law know what is needed to build a solid case for our clients who have been injured in police chases. 

On your behalf, we can collect important evidence such as:

  • The date, time, and location of the police chase
  • Where you were driving, walking, or standing at the time of the incident
  • When you noticed the police chase and the actions you took to move out of their way
  • Who collided with you or your vehicle
  • What injuries you suffered in the accident and their severity
  • Dashcam or other video footage of the police chase
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • The official police report of the incident

As your legal representatives, we can handle all communication and negotiations with the police department, their lawyers, and the insurance companies involved. Fielding Law’s attorneys are not easily intimidated; we won’t back down or accept a settlement that is not in our client’s best interests. 

Compensation Available to Victims of Police Chases

While recovering compensation after a police chase accident is complicated, it is not impossible. Especially with the right team of personal injury attorneys representing you. 

With Fielding Law’s help, you may be eligible to be compensated for your:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Emotional anguish

If you have suffered the catastrophic loss of a loved one in a police chase car accident, you may be entitled to receive wrongful death damages. This could include compensation for funeral costs, burial expenses, loss of support, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and more. 

While no amount of money can compensate for the loss of someone you love, compensation can provide your family with some financial security as you try to move forward with your lives. 

Schedule a Free Case Review Today

If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a police pursuit, the lawyers at Fielding Law are here to help. It’s not true that those involved can’t be held liable since the damages occurred during a police chase. Police officers need to consider the various factors and risks involved before deciding whether or not to engage in a high-speed chase. 

You should not have to pay the financial price for a car accident that was not your fault. Your lawyers can collect evidence, determine liability, prove negligence, and demand compensation for your losses. And when you work with Fielding Law, we will also offer you the support and legal guidance you need, so that you can focus on your recovery. We do not collect any fees unless you are awarded a settlement. Call us 24/7 at 877-880-4090, start a live chat with us, or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment at a time and location convenient for you.