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Chicago Police Chase Attorney
High speed pursuits are nighttime news staples, as many people are excited by spills and thrills of police cars chasing wanted fugitives through the streets of the city. The reality is that high speed pursuits are as dangerous to innocent bystanders as they are to the police and alleged perpetrators.
Almost half of all police chases end in accidents, and a great deal of these accidents result in serious injury or death. There many standards and regulations regarding police pursuits in most jurisdictions throughout the country, but many law enforcement officers will pursue an alleged criminal even for only a minor offense.
It is unfortunate many innocent victims on the roads suffer injury or loss due to police misconduct during high speed chases. Police must exercise as much caution as possible to avoid injuring innocent people or damaging their property, but sometimes careless officers will risk virtually anything to make a “collar” and arrest the alleged criminal. When this occurs, victims of high speed pursuits can sometimes recover damages against those responsible.
If you or someone you know was a victim in a high speed pursuit, you need to contact a dedicated and experienced lawyer immediately. You could have the right to financial restitution based on your pain, suffering, and loss, but if you hesitate the statute of limitation laws in your state could end your case before it has a chance to begin. Don’t miss out on the justice you deserve.
Ensuring Public Safety
Rules related to pursuits are not limited to the vehicles directly engaged in the pursuit, but also to vehicles traveling to aid in the pursuit. While policeman, like other emergency responders, are permitted to exceed posted speed limits, they may only do so if it can be done without endangering life or property. In other words, they are not permitted to travel at unsafe speeds.
This means that all of the officer’s actions in the chase must be thoroughly investigated and reviewed . This includes evaluating the decision to engage in a high-speed chase, as well as the continuing of the chase in residential or high-traffic areas. These actions will often need to be analyzed in connection with the law enforcement agency’s policies regarding high-speed chases. There is also related to the very significant question of whether the officer was negligent in the operation of his vehicle by traveling at an unsafe speed or not being attentive to other cars on the road.
If the officer was negligent in his decision to engage in or continue the pursuit, or in the operation of his vehicle, it is possible that the municipality could be found liable. It is also possible that the municipality itself is at fault for having a deficient pursuit policy which fails to adequately account for public safety, or for inadequate training of the officer involved in the accident.
Chicago Police Chase Attorney
If you or someone you know has been injured in a high-speed police chase, it is important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney will be able to review your claims, and determine which course of action will be best for your situation. You may have federal or state claims, and you need to understand the options that are available to you. These cases will frequently end up in the courtroom, and you need to work with someone that knows how to present your side of the story. Contact the Law Office of William Carlos Weeden today at (773) 683-1060 for a confidential initial consultation at no cost.
Law Office of William Carlos Weeden
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