Arizona High-Speed Chase Accident Attorneys
Representing Innocent Victims Injured in Police Chases
A high-speed police chase may seem like something that only happens in movies, in high-profile criminal cases, or in Los Angeles. But every year, around 360 people are killed in high-speed police chases across the country. That equates to about one person every day. Many more are seriously injured.
While some of these chases involve violent criminals who are extremely dangerous, the majority involve non-violent individuals who have only committed minor crimes. Either way, police chases often end up hurting innocent bystanders who had nothing to do with the crime or the chase. And while the Arizona police are trained for these intense high-speed situations, things can still go wrong. As civilians, we’re unprepared for the sudden action; and when you are hurt during a police chase, we at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., don’t believe you should be the one paying your medical bills. Call our Phoenix car accident lawyers at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation.
Injuries in High-Speed Chases
High-speed chases can result in some of the worst long-term injuries. Victims are almost always on foot, and these cars often travel at very high speeds. Just a few of the injuries victims might suffer are:
- Severe burns affecting different parts of the body
- Amputations of one or more limbs
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
- Paralysis from spinal cord damage
- Wrongful death
When you’re injured in a high-speed chase, you’ll need expensive medical treatment for months or years to come. But there is some good news: injured individuals may be able to claim compensation for those injuries, regardless of who hit them.
Liability in High-Speed Chases
When the criminal (the person trying to escape the police) directly caused the accident, he or she can be held liable for your injuries. Personal injury claims can be filed against private citizens when they have been negligent or not acted with proper care, and that negligence injures someone else in the process. However, your likelihood of getting compensation this way is slim. There’s no guarantee the person being chased has good insurance to cover all your damages.
Filing a personal injury claim against the police is a more complicated matter, but it can be done. As a government entity, the police are given certain immunities and special deadlines when people want to file a claim against them.
Police officers are given a lot of freedom in the line of duty, particularly when they are trying to stop someone from committing a crime or arresting someone for committing a crime. They are allowed to travel at high speeds, run red lights, and go against other traffic laws if it helps them do their job. But the police also have a responsibility to keep civilians safe, particularly while on the job. When they fail to do so and someone is hurt due to their actions, they can still be held liable.
Another option is filing a claim with your own insurance company. It will take legal finagling to get a high-speed chase covered by your insurer, but The Husband and Wife Law Team know how to find coverage in existing policies that you wouldn’t expect.
Hire Proper Representation
Because of the legal elements involved, filing a personal injury claim that involves a high-speed chase - especially when that claim is being made against the police - will be extremely complicated. These are not cases that you should take on yourself. You need a strong legal team with decades of experience on your side.
If you were injured during a high-speed police chase, contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C., at (602) 267-1280. We know how severe these injuries can be, and we believe injured individuals should focus on their recovery, not the legwork of filing a personal injury claim. Call us today and we will fight hard to get you the compensation you may deserve.