Police officers sometimes have to pursue suspects to apprehend them for crimes that they have committed or to prevent them from committing serious crimes. When engaging in high-speed pursuits, police officers are required to follow a series of rules to protect innocent people from harm.
If you were involved in a collision that occurred during a police chase, you may have suffered serious injuries, such as a concussion, whiplash, and broken bones. You may have been transported to the hospital in an ambulance and may have undergone surgery. You may now have to see a chiropractor or a physical therapist for several months to regain your strength, balance, and range of motion.
The medical bills for your treatments may already total tens of thousands of dollars. You may be unable to work because of the harm you suffered in the accident. Your injuries may have even left you permanently disabled and unable to work at all.
Your physical injuries, chronic pain, financial stress, and worries about the future may be taking a toll on your relationships with members of your family. You and your spouse may be struggling to figure out how to cover essential expenses, such as your mortgage and groceries. Your children may feel confused about the situation, and you may feel powerless.
A Minneapolis accidents caused by police chase lawyer may be able to help you pursue justice. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can help you pursue the party that was responsible for the collision to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Call our office at (800) 598-7557 to discuss your case with a member of our staff.
Minneapolis’ Policy on Police Pursuits
According to the Minneapolis Police Department’s policy 7-402, an officer shall only initiate a pursuit if the officer knows or has reasonable grounds to believe that a suspect has committed or is about to commit a serious and violent crime or the suspect is driving in a reckless manner that “would pose an imminent and life-threatening danger to the public if not apprehended.”
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How an Accident Can Occur during a Police Chase
A suspect who is fleeing from police officers may drive well above the speed limit and may make erratic maneuvers, such as weaving from lane to lane, driving in the wrong direction, and making sharp turns without signaling. That can create a dangerous situation for drivers and passengers in other vehicles, police officers, and passengers in the vehicle that is being pursued.
Other motorists may be hit by the fleeing vehicle, or they may swerve to avoid being struck and may instead collide with another car, a sign, a tree, or another object. Individuals who are passengers in the fleeing vehicle may be innocent victims who were kidnapped or carjacked, or they may be friends or relatives of the suspect who have not committed a crime and who are being held against their will. They may also be injured in a collision.
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A Minneapolis Accidents Caused by Police Chase Lawyer Can Figure Out What Happened
A police chase can be a chaotic scene, with numerous vehicles traveling at high speeds, motorists swerving to get out of the way, police vehicles using their lights and sirens, and drivers beeping their horns to warn each other of danger. In addition, high-speed police pursuits may stretch over long distances.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC can investigate the crash to determine who was liable. We can review police reports related to the pursuit and the accident, interview witnesses, and review video from police vehicles, surveillance cameras, and traffic cameras and piece together information to understand the sequence of events.
How to Seek Justice
If we find that the person who was driving the vehicle that was being pursued caused the collision, we may file a personal injury lawsuit against that individual. Under Minnesota Statute § 541.07, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit in most cases is two years. You may have trouble collecting an award, however, if the driver did not have insurance or significant assets.
If our investigation reveals that a police officer violated Minneapolis’ policy on pursuits and that you were injured as a result, we may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the government to seek compensation for your losses.
According to Minnesota Statute § 3.736, victims of personal injuries that are caused by the actions of a police officer acting in good faith can sue the state of Minnesota to seek financial compensation if the state could be held liable if it were a private person. If you decide to sue, you will have to file a notice of an intent to seek compensation within 180 days of the date when your injuries occurred.
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Consider a Minneapolis Accidents Caused by Police Chase Lawyer
If you were injured in a collision that occurred during a police pursuit, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the party that caused the accident. Determining liability may be complicated and time-consuming, but Ben Crump Law, PLLC does not shy away from tough cases.
You should not let concerns about legal fees keep you from pursuing justice. Ben Crump Law, PLLC operates on a contingency basis. If we represent you in a personal injury case, you will not have to pay us any money upfront. We will only collect a fee if we obtain compensation for you.
You have a limited amount of time to act. Call the office of Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at (800) 598-7557 so we can begin working on your potential case as soon as possible.