You had nothing to do with the police chase. You did not break the law and the police were not pursuing you. Instead, you were simply driving or walking along the road when the police chased someone else. Yet it was the high speed chase that resulted in your injury.
You Are Not Alone
Since 1980, approximately 11,500 people have died in police chases. According to information compiled by USA Today, about one quarter of those fatalities were innocent passengers. Another quarter were passengers in the car being pursued by police. The majority of the remaining fatalities were drivers being pursued and police officers conducting the chase.
However, the FBI may be significantly underreporting the numbers of people who die and who are injured as a result of a police chases, according to the USA Today information. The FBI gets its data from local law enforcement agencies. Therefore, more accurate reporting may be necessary to determine the true risk of high speed police chases on innocent bystanders, motorists, and police officers.
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt or If You’ve Lost a Loved One in a Police Chase
Your time to take action is limited, and it may be even shorter than the typical statute of limitations if you are taking action against a government entity such as the police. Therefore, it is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to make sure that all of the legal notice requirements are met and that your right to recover fair damages is protected. For more information, please contact us today via this website today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.