Suspects Fleeing Law Enforcement Put Other Drivers At Risk
Most law-abiding motorists pull over immediately when they see flashing red lights in their rearview mirror. When a driver fails to do so, police are likely to give chase. Unfortunately, the ensuing pursuit can end up putting other drivers at risk. This was the case in a recent car accident in Daytona that claimed the life of a local man.
Local Man Killed In Daytona Beach Car Accident By Driver Evading Police
A 50-year-old man was tragically killed in a recent car accident in Daytona Beach. According to an August 30, 2020 Click Orlando news report, his vehicle was struck by another driver who was attempting to evade police after allegedly running through a stop sign.
The fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Street. Police were attempting to pull over a 31-year-old motorist who had disregarded a stop sign a short distance away but the man refused to stop and began traveling at a high rate of speed in an effort to outrun the officers. He eventually drove through a red light and collided directly into the driver’s side of the victim’s vehicle. The at-fault driver struck an additional three cars before finally coming to a stop.
In the aftermath of the crash, many have wondered why someone would take such a risk simply to avoid a ticket for running a stop sign. Unfortunately, these types of situations are common and typically involve other factors, such as:
- The at-fault party lacks a driver’s license or proper vehicle registration;
- They are wanted on other criminal charges;
- They are under the influence and hope to avoid a DUI;
- They have issues concerning immigration status.
Car Accidents Involving Police Pursuits Common
Officers generally will not hesitate to give chase when attempting to apprehend a driver or a suspect in a crime. Unfortunately, these chases often end up putting other motorists on the road at risk. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), police pursuit related car accidents claim the lives of more than 350 drivers each year, or roughly one per day, while leaving thousands of others suffering serious injuries.
Law enforcement agencies generally have strict policies regarding police pursuits that prohibit them from putting the general public at risk. Unfortunately, this does not prevent at-fault drivers from reckless putting motorists in danger. When these types of crashes happen, you have several options in seeking compensation:
- File a claim through your own insurer;
- File a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver;
- File for victim’s compensation through the Florida Attorney General’s office;
- File a claim against the officers involved if it is determined they violated their police department’s policy.
Contact Us Today for Help
When serious injuries occur due to the reckless actions of other motorists, Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. helps you get the compensation you need to recover. To discuss your case, call or contact our Daytona car accident attorneys online and request a consultation.