Reports reveal that a San Diego Police Department officer has suffered a concussion after being involved in a three-car crash. The police officer was driving his cruiser with sirens and lights on through the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Mission Bay Drive when a truck slammed into it. The impact of the crash caused the car to hit an electrical box.
If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by an officer, it may be difficult for you to seek compensation for damages. There are special rules that govern the actions of police officers that can greatly affect the outcome of a personal injury suit. When a police officer is on-duty, he or she must exercise a standard of care like all other citizens. The only exception to this rule is when the officer is in pursuit of another individual. Special rules allow the officer to exceed posted speed limits, go through red lights or stop signs, and other actions that would normally be illegal. Though the officer is granted some leeway, police are not permitted to disregard the safety of other motorists. For example, if an officer is pursuing someone through a red light but fails to turn on the lights and siren, he or she could be liable for any injuries if those actions cause an accident.
It is also important to note that when a public agency or political subdivision is sued, the claim is usually limited to a modest insurance coverage limit. Suing a police officer or government agency is a very difficult process that only a skilled personal injury attorney should attempt. That means that if you want to seek compensation from the officer who caused your injury, you should not do it alone.
Instead, call the team at the Gilleon Law Firm, APC in San Diego for more information. We will review your case and help you determine the best options for your particular situation. We aggressively represent our clients and do everything we can to get you the maximum amount of compensation possible. We have extensive resources as well as highly trained and skilled personal injury attorneys, all working for your best interests. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, be sure to give us a call today to set up your initial consultation.