Every year hundreds of individuals across southern California suffer egregious injuries due to accidents caused by the wrongful or negligent driving of law enforcement vehicles. Common causes of accidents involving police department and law enforcement divisions vehicles include, (1) Speeding, (2) Running red lights without the use of sirens, (3) Crossing through red light without stopping or the use of extreme caution. (4) Failure to pay close attention to others on the road during police chases. Individual who often sustain injuries include:
Victims of serious harm in accidents caused by police vehicles are entitled to financial compensation for all harms suffered including cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering. More so, family members of individuals who were killed due to accidents involving police cruisers and vehicles have to right to seek restitution for the loss of their loved ones. Just recently the Los Angeles City Council paid out more than $6.6 million dollars to family members of an individual who was killed due to the reckless driving of Los Angeles Police Department patrol officers.
About Us: Our law firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have been involved in auto accidents involving police cars and sheriffs cruisers. All too often members of police departments and other law enforcement agencies attempt to erase all evidence of liability in hopes that victims will have no legal recourse with which to pursue personal injury claims against them.
A List of the Largest Law Enforcement Entities in Southern California:
Other smaller law firms in southern California include, Santa Ana police, the police departments Glendale, Pomona, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Newport Beach, Irvine, Anaheim, Fontana and Chino.
Filing a Lawsuit Against the Police Department for Injuries Suffered in an Accident Involving a Patrol Vehicle
Most auto accident claims are predicated on a negligence cause of action. Negligence bases cases require the proving of four essential elements.
1. A Duty Was Owed to The Injured Party: Under the common law legal system individual owes every other individual in society a general duty of reasonable care. In other words a driver must use reasonable care in the driving of his vehicle.
2. The Duty was Breached – Examples of a breach of a duty of reasonable care by a driver of a police vehicle can include the failure to use flashing lights and or sirens when passing through an red light or stop sign at a cross street. Speeding while driving, use of mobile devices and or text messaging while driving or eating while driving.
3. The Breached Resulted in Accident or Incident: Foreseeable and but for causation of the incident. (1) The accident was a foreseeable consequence of the negligence act. In other words the failure to drive properly was the cause of the accident which took place.
4. The Accident Resulted in Actual Physical Harm to the Plaintiff: Common injuries diagnosed following auto accidents can include, lower back injuries, bulging or fracture discs, cervical contusions, neck pain including whiplash injuries. More serious injuries can include broken bones, fractures to the nose, injuries to the eyes, traumatic brain damage and spinal cord injur9ies.
Filing Deadline – Statute of Limitations for Filing a Personal Injury – Car Accident Claim Against Police Department:
In the state of California victims of personal injury usually have TWO YEARS from the date of the incident to file a civil lawsuit in the court of law. However claims involving police officer misconduct and or police car accidents are different. Victims of injuries caused by government entities must first file an administrative grievance against the public agency in questions. Such claims must be filed within SIX MONTHS from the date of the accident. If and when the administrative agency has denied a claim a victims will have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim in the court of law.
Victims Right to Compensation
Victims of injuries caused by accidents involving police vehicles are entitled to compensation under the law for all harms suffered.
Cost of Hiring an Attorney To Represent You In the Court of Law: All personal injury and auto accident cases are taken on by the Normandie Law Firm on a contingency fee structure. This means that our clients do not have to pay for any of their legal fees out of pocket. Our fees are allocated only after a successful resolution of our clients case. More so we work with a network of doctors and medical practitioners that work on lien meaning our clients do not have to pay for any of their medical expenses out of pocket.