If you have been injured in an accident caused by a police chase, you have the right to seek justice and compensation for every injury you incurred as a result of your accident. Whether you were in the vehicle being pursued or in another vehicle struck, by either the police car in pursuit or the vehicle being pursued, you could be entitled to compensation.
Predictably, accidents caused by police chases can be extremely devastating. Accidents that occur at high speeds, like those in police chases, can have severe and lasting consequences. Suffering an injury at the hands of a negligent driver, through no fault of your own, is unfair and your rights entitle you to justice.
The lawyers at Ben Crump Law, PLLC believe in victims’ rights and want to see you get the justice and compensation you are owed. If you are in Cleveland, Ohio, and want to learn more about how a Cleveland accidents caused by police chase lawyer can help you, give us a call today at (800) 598-7557. We want to hear about your case and give you the opportunity to ask any questions about police chase law and liability, which is why we offer a free consultation. We want you to know that you are under no pressure to commit to working with us and if you do decide to work with us, you are under no pressure to pay anything upfront. We work on a contingency basis, so you pay us nothing unless we win your case in trial or out of court via a settlement.
Police Chases or Evading Arrest Violations
Police chases, or cases of evading arrest, are surprisingly more common than one might think. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, by September of 2020, Ohio had already documented 736 resisting arrest violations, which averages to over 80 of these violations per month. In 2019, there were 713 resisting arrest violations.
Unfortunately, the poor decision made by those being pursued to try to evade arrest is often attributable to drugs or alcohol which not surprisingly drastically increases the risk of harm to others, whether involved or not. In fact, in crash data released by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, alcohol-impaired drivers were involved in over 26% of fatal accidents in Ohio, in 2017. As one would imagine, for those who survive being hit by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol driving at dangerously high speeds and survive, their conditions can be grim and injuries easily incapacitating.
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You are Entitled to Justice by Law
When you have been injured by a negligent driver in a police chase accident through no fault of your own, whether you were in the car being pursued or were struck by either the police vehicle or the vehicle being pursued, you are entitled to damages for the injuries and losses you suffered. In a case like this, where law enforcement officers are involved, it can be hard to know what qualifies as negligence and what qualifies as law enforcement. A lawyer can make that clarification for you and can help you understand and exercise your rights.
Any negligent actor who injures another person is legally liable for all of the harm they cause. An attorney can evaluate your case and help you determine what settlement demand might be fair based on the harm you suffered. In order to create a strong case in support of your settlement demand, an attorney will also help you gather evidence to back up the complaints alleged in your lawsuit.
Fortunately, because police cars have cameras that document their work and certainly car chases, evidence to support a case of negligence might be easier to acquire than in other cases where there is no such clear, accurate admissible evidence. Further, police chases are often captured on witness video and there are likely to be witnesses to a police chase given the fact that there are usually several people involved or impacted by the chase. Once you have been able to demonstrate their negligence, you must prove that it caused your accident and your resulting injuries. The evidence you collect for your case should help you prove this aspect of your case.
Justice Through Compensation
Depending on the severity of your injury, you might be entitled to compensation, regardless if you were being pursued or were an innocent bystander. The law holds negligent actors liable for the harm they cause others. If you were injured in a police chase by a negligent driver, damages are intended to ensure that you do not face further harm from your accident. You should be able to focus on your recovery and rebuilding your life, instead of the economic damages you have incurred from your injury. The expenses and financial losses are reimbursed through economic and non-economic damages to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have endured from your injury.
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Two-Year Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is the amount of time a person has to file a case for any given offense. They are essentially deadlines by which you must file your case. Once the statute of limitations has passed, your opportunity to file your case has also passed. Your rights to compensation expire after the statute of limitations has run out. Statutes of limitations are state and offense-specific. For personal injury lawsuits in Ohio, you have exactly two years from the date of your accident to file your legal case. If you would like to learn more about any other state-specific factors that might impact your case, you might want to reach out to a Cleveland accidents caused by police chase lawyer.
Consider Hiring a Cleveland Accidents Caused by Police Chase Lawyer
Your rights guarantee you to justice and grant you the ability to hold any negligent party liable for the harm and injuries they have caused you. At Ben Crump Law, PLLC we believe in victims’ rights and want to see you get the compensation you deserve. Police chases are extremely dangerous, and it is not fair that you were injured by one. If you are in Ohio and have questions about your injury and/or case, you might want to consult with a member of our legal team to learn more. At Ben Crump Law, PLLC we want to hear from you. There is no charge or commitment when you give us a call for a consultation. We also do not take any payment upfront. We must win for you before we get paid. Call a team member today at (800) 598-7557 to see how we can help you.
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