Police Officer Involved in Crash on Highway 78 in Birmingham, Alabama (AL)
BIRMINGHAM, AL- Wbrc.com writes that a crash caused by a police chase left a police officer injured this week in Birmingham. The incident took place on Highway 78 during the afternoon. The officer was pursuing a vehicle when he collided with a bystander’s car. After the crash with the other vehicle, the police car struck a service station.*
When responders arrived, the officer was unconscious. Reports indicate that the victim was conscious again a short while later while being transported to the hospital. The extent of the injuries is not known at this time, nor is the nature or extent of any injuries sustained by any other individuals involved. The suspect was able to abscond, and police have not yet apprehended the person. Investigators are still working to understand the cause of the collision. Bystanders are often the victims in police chase crashes. A report published by USA Today found that about half of all the people killed in police pursuits were non-violators, including bystanders and passengers in the suspect’s car. Police officers are much less often victims of these incidents.
The decision regarding whether to engage in a pursuit must be made rapidly. The officers must decide in a split second whether to chase a driver who is fleeing from them. Some considerations include the risks posed by the person being pursued, and the traffic situation and the likelihood of injuries to bystanders.
One way these pursuits could be better avoided is through better and more advanced technology. For instance, drones could be used to follow the driver, or tracking darts can be shot from a police car onto the vehicle that is attempting to flee.
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