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Victims of Police-Chase-Related Injuries Have Options

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on June 11, 2022

Police chases are a dangerous and often deadly occurrence. Every year, high-speed chases kill or seriously injure innocent bystanders who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They may be walking or driving near a chase scene or caught in the crossfire if the suspect and police exchange gunfire.

Victims of police chases often suffer serious injuries, such as broken bones, internal bleeding, and head injuries. In some cases, they may even be paralyzed or killed. In addition to the physical injuries, victims also often suffer from emotional trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a police chase, it is vital to seek legal help. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and options and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Peters & Nolan, LLC will carefully review the facts of your case and work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (970) 243-4357 today for an immediate consultation.

Colorado and The Law of Fresh Pursuit

“Fresh pursuit” is the chase without unnecessary delay of a suspected person who is believed to have committed a crime. Under Colorado legislation, the police must act within their “territorial limits.” According to the state, the law was set in place to “limit peace officers from exercising their arrest powers and their law enforcement efforts to the territorial limits of their authority and to require that local peace officers be advised and participate in the extraterritorial law enforcement activities of other peace officers.”

Police officers are given some freedom to make decisions on whether or not to pursue a car. However, these chases can lead to tragedy if they’re not executed properly. Police officers have a duty of care towards others who might be hurt by their actions or the actions of those fleeing a crime scene. When an officer’s vehicle collides with another one during a chase and it causes damage to property and injury, it could result in legal action against that officer.

In some cases, the police department may be held accountable. Police departments are sometimes held responsible if they fail to prevent an emergency by not properly training their officers or having poorly set up safeguards.

Government entities, just like their private sector counterparts, are mainly liable for the actions of their law enforcement professionals. If a police officer’s conduct is deemed dangerous or reckless, the municipality may be liable ‌where failure to provide adequate training contributed to the officer’s misconduct.

A suspect will be liable for injuries and property damage if they collide with another car while fleeing the police. All drivers owe a duty of care to other motorists, and one driver’s reckless behavior can breach this duty. A suspect could not sue for damages if it injured them during a high-speed police chase because they blatantly acted in the wrong by running from the police. At any point during such an event, the suspect had an opportunity to abide by the law and pull their vehicle over.

You need a Lawyer

If you have been the victim of a police-chase-related injury, you need a lawyer who can help you navigate the legal system and get the compensation you deserve. Police chases can be dangerous and often result in injuries or even death. A good lawyer will help you hold the police accountable for their actions and get the justice you deserve. Contact Peters & Nolan, LLC at (970) 243-4357 to discuss your case.

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