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Police Chases and Wrongful Death: Who Is at Fault?

Published on May 7th, 2020

Personal Injury Lawyer

A wrongful death lawsuit is a claim made by the family of a person who dies due to someone else’s negligence. What happens when your loved one was killed because of a high speed chase with the cops? If your loved one sped off during a traffic stop, you may think that he or she is responsible in the court of law. The truth is that this might not always be the case. In fact, you may be able to file a claim against the officer who is responsible.

Police Chases and Negligence

Police chases create an extremely dangerous situation. Cars moving at high speeds can not only affect those involved in the chase, but it can affect innocent bystanders. There are a lot of cases where innocent people are injured or lose their lives due to a high speed chase. What makes it worse is that some of these chases are due to minor violations.

In some instances, a high speed chase may be necessary. For instance, if the driver is dangerous and there is an innocent victim in the car with the driver, then this may be a reason for a high speed chase. Whenever it is more dangerous to let a car get away, it is important to pursue. However, some cars wind up in chases for simple violations. Due to this, there are some states and police departments that are putting restrictions on their officers. Many officers are not allowed to pursue a car at a high speed if there is not a violent felony involved.

For example, if a car is driving with expired plates and does not stop for an officer, this may not be a good reason to give pursuit. It is not fair that the cop risks the lives of innocent people and the other driver because of a minor offense. If you have a loved one who died in a high speed chase or died because of a high speed chase, then the police may owe you compensation for acting negligently.

When someone dies in a car accident, you often look towards the negligent party for compensation. When the negligent party is a police officer, some victims may shy away from a lawsuit. The truth is that police can also have claims against them. If a police officer pursued a car negligently and without good reason, you can file a claim. For more information, set up an appointment with a wrongful death lawyer right away.

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