A 15-year-old boy is dead after crashing into an oncoming truck while running away from the police on October 10, 2018 according to Fox News.
Details of the deadly car accident in Wylie, Texas
Around 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, Wylie police responded to a disturbance call at a residential complex where they found a woman bleeding in the parking lot. Police preliminary investigations showed that the 15-year-old boy struck his 40-year-old mother several times causing the severe injuries after which he drove off in his mother’s SUV. According to Wylie police, the boy was found driving in the SUV and refused to stop when police tried to pull him over. Police then began to chase the teen making him drive over spike strips before crashing into an oncoming truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries. Wylie Police Department and the Farmersville Police Department are investigating the incident.
Who Can Be Held liable for property damages and injuries after a Police Chase?
- The chased suspect: All road users owe a duty of car to each other. Aggressive driving and maneuvering during police chase can be seen as a breach of the duty of care. If an innocent pedestrian or motorist suffered injuries or property damage as a result of the actions of the chased driver, he could be held responsible and name in the following lawsuits. The fleeing driver may be liable for the cost of medical treatments.
- Police officers and departments: Most states have a specific condition that must be met before a car can be chased. Even when those conditions are met, there are detailed pursuit procedures that must be followed—and these involve not putting road users’ lives and properties at unnecessary risk. An innocent driver who is injured after being hit by a police car can file suits against police officers or the police department. Even the suspect or his family sue police officers or their supervisors if the suspect was killed or injured in an illegal pursuit.
- Governmental employers: The government district where the police departments are located can be held responsible for car accident injuries if there were no proper protocol in place to check the behavior of the erring officers or if the accident is a direct result of inadequate training in pursuit procedures.
Contact a Texas car accident lawyer to discuss your options
If you have lost a loved one or have been injured in a car accident in Texas caused by a hot police chase, contact a wrongful death accident lawyer at The Patel Firm PLLC. Police pursuit may cause injuries to innocent victims. Every police department has guidelines which must be strictly adhered to protect the public during a high-speed chase. At The Patel Firm PLLC, we can help you with your claim and determine if the police acted appropriately. Discuss your case with a car accident attorney in Texas today. You can call, text, or email the firm at any time. 24/7/365, someone at The Patel Firm PLLC is ready and waiting to speak with you. Reach out to us today.
*This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to, and should not be construed as legal advice.