Police Responsibility in Pursuit Accidents

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In yet another high speed chase involving a motorcycle, a news helicopter helped catch a speeding biker. After South Carolina police called off the pursuit for “safety reasons,” the news chopper followed the biker and alerted police to his whereabouts.

If police officers had not called off the chase, they could have been liable for any injuries or deaths that occurred.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 314 Americans died in police pursuits in one year. Most of those deaths (200) involved either police officers or the people they were chasing. This leaves 114 innocent bystanders who died in police pursuits. The investigation mentioned in the above video found that in California alone, over 300 people died and at least 10,000 sustained injuries from pursuits in the last decade. The exact figures are difficult to pin down since there is no official reporting system for cataloging bystander deaths in police chases.

Many law enforcement agencies have adopted a conservative stance in their pursuit policies, such as blowing out the suspect’s tires or setting up a roadblock to avoid injuring innocent motorists and pedestrians.

The best way to avoid injury in a police pursuit is to immediately pull over to the side of the road when you hear an emergency siren or see flashing lights. If you have sustained injuries in a car or motorcycle accident involving a police pursuit, you might be able to seek justice against a department that made an error in judgment. Contact our Denver injury attorneys today to set up a free consultation.

Metier Law Firm, LLCDenver accident lawyers

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