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Police Chase Accidents

Chasing criminals on the run is dangerous. They are often reckless and disregard public safety in their desperation to get away. This can result in either the criminal, or even the police unintentionally injuring bystanders, or damaging property.

New York Police Chase Accident Lawyers  

If you or a loved one have been injured or suffered any damage because of a police chase in New York, call the Porter Law Group for a free case evaluation. We may be able to help you find out if the suspect, the police, or another party are liable, and help you take legal action and recover financial compensation. 

What Can Happen in A Police Chase?

Fleeing criminals can strike pedestrians, roadside diners, parked vehicles, or other establishments in their haste to get away. Police officers can also cause these accidents in their efforts to catch perpetrators. 

Police chase accidents can result in anything from property damage to wrongful death. It is important to closely examine the circumstances of the incident to determine who was at fault, and to find out which party may owe you compensation. 

An analysis showed that in New York City alone, within the first 3 months of 2023, there were 300 cases of police vehicle chases by the NYPD. That's a staggering increase from the total of 214 chases in the whole of 2022. Police chase accident victims, especially when high-speed chases in populated areas are involved, can suffer from the following injuries:

  • Fractures
  • Paralysis
  • Amputations
  • Traumatic brain Injuries
  • Organ damage 
  • And many more

What Can I Do If I Was Injured in a Police Chase Accident?

The smartest thing to do is get in touch with a police chase accident attorney in New York immediately, especially if you believe that the police themselves may be responsible for your injuries. There is a 90-day deadline for filing a Notice of Claim against public agencies or police departments in New York. This deadline is longer, up to 3 years if the claim is against an individual or non-government entity.

No two police chase accident lawsuits are similar. Numerous details and thorough investigations are required for a successful claim. There’s also the task of gathering evidence, communicating with the authorities, and possibly negotiating for a settlement if you do not wish to go to trial. 

If you or a loved one have been injured in a police chase accident in New York, contact the Porter Law Group. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars* for personal injury victims. 

What if the Suspect is Responsible?

Suspects may be liable to you due to the following:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Traffic law violations
  • Causing other vehicles to collide with you 

On top of reckless endangerment and other charges they may face, they may also owe you and others involved in a police chase accident compensation for any injuries or damage to property suffered. Suspects evading law enforcement are unlikely to be mindful of your safety, leading to injuries due to an accident caused by the suspect on the run from police.

What if the Police Are Responsible?

A lawsuit may be made against law enforcement personnel directly involved in the chase in instances where they deviated from standard protocol, needlessly escalated the situation, or discharged a firearm at a moving vehicle despite the absence of risk and caused your injury. Supervisors and people responsible for police training and equipment maintenance can also be implicated if they were found to have performed their duties inadequately during the investigation.  

In many cases, police pursuits are necessary. Officers have a duty to apprehend criminals, especially violent ones who are trying to escape. This entails risks that may result in collateral damage to property, and may even endanger civilians. But there are safety protocols and training requirements in place that police must abide by to ensure public safety in the performance of their duties.

Contact a New York Police Chase Accident Attorney

Call us today for a free case evaluation and we will see if you are eligible to recover financial compensation for injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and others. Do not add to the stress of treatment and recovery. If you are a victim of a police chase accident in New York, call us now at 833-PORTER9, or e-mail us at info@porterlawteam.com. We will do our utmost to get you and your family the answers and financial compensation you deserve. 

*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Last Updated on May 7, 2024 by Michael S. Porter
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