Vehicle Evading Phoenix Police Causes Head-On Crash
You never think you’ll be the one at the other end of a police chase that ends in a violent head-on collision. But one woman was hit at Rural Road near Apache Boulevard by a car racing to escape the police. Her black SUV was hit head-on near the Arizona State University campus, and she was taken immediately to the hospital by ambulance because of her injuries. The driver who was trying to evade police was not seriously injured.
Police had tried to pull the other driver over for a traffic violation, but instead of obeying, the driver fled the scene. Police slowed down and had a helicopter follow him instead, in hopes that he would avoid hurting anyone else. But the suspect rammed through two patrol cars that tried to box him in and picked up speed. He then sideswiped one driver while smashing head-on into another.
The Dangers of Disobeying Traffic Law
There was nothing the female driver of the black SUV could do to avoid being hit. She was driving within the speed limit on her side of the road. It was the driver who was breaking all traffic laws who hit her after causing serious damage to patrol cars and another SUV. Because he was breaking the law, he put several people at risk and severely injured others. What was a routine traffic stop turned into something much more serious and life-threatening because of his decisions.
All drivers should know how important it is to pull over to a safe place as quickly as possible if you see or hear sirens and police lights behind you. Complying with officers not only keeps you safe, but keeps other drivers around you safe.
As you drive, also watch for sirens ahead and to the side of you. This can alert you to oncoming traffic dangers. If you see or hear emergency vehicles, slow down, pull to the side or stop if you are in a turn lane. Here are some other precautions you can take:
- Keep music at a lower volume so you can hear sirens
- Check rear and side-view mirrors frequently
- Don’t go through a red light to get out of the way of emergency vehicles
- Don’t drive on sidewalks and risk endangering pedestrians
- Watch for cyclists when you pull to the side
What to Do If You Are Hit
If you are hit by a driver who is trying to evade police, stay in your car and call 911 until emergency units come to help. Most likely, police will radio for help to assist you, but it’s wise to call 911 anyway. Note your location so they know where to find you.
All types of accidents can be incredibly scary, especially if they are caused by someone trying to escape the law. It’s important to get an expert on your side to help you with the intricacies of a case like this. For more information from a top Phoenix car accident attorney, please call (602) 267-1280.