High Speed Pursuit of DUI Suspect Results in Injury to Expectant Mother: Who Is Liable?
If you have ever watched a car chase involving a law enforcement vehicle and another driver on television, you may have wondered why these high speed chases do not result in auto accidents. The reality is that these high risk incidents can and do result in motor vehicle accidents that cause serious injury and wrongful death. Whether you are struck by a law enforcement officer vehicle or a fleeing motorist, you may find that you face challenges in successfully pursuing financial recovery in a personal injury claim.
A recent high speed chase through Gwinnett and Hall Counties provides an illustration of the potential problems faced by those injured as bystanders to high speed pursuits. A driver, who law enforcement authorities suspected was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, led police on a two-county high speed chase that caused two separate car crashes. The pursuit began when the driver made a sudden U-turn to avoid a sobriety checkpoint. The driver fled at speeds that reached a hundred mph according to Buford police. The suspected drunken driver’s vehicle even went airborne over a set of railroad tracks barely missing hitting another vehicle. This near miss was followed by two other actual collisions including one that caused injury to a pregnant woman. The vehicle chase finally ended when the DUI suspect finally crashed into oncoming traffic.
While this extremely dangerous high speed chase is currently under investigation, the odds are pretty good that the driver evaded the checkpoint because he was intoxicated or unlicensed. In either situation, the driver may not have auto insurance so the expectant mother could be looking at challenges in obtaining compensation for the injuries she endured when the DUI suspect slammed into the van in which she was traveling. Hopefully the expectant mother had uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, which would step in and pay the compensation for which the reckless driver is responsible.
When fleeing motorists cause accidents in high speed pursuits, they may lack insurance or financial means to compensate an injury victim. Sometimes the driver may be operating someone else’s vehicle, and the owner of the vehicle may have auto insurance. If the actions of law enforcement while engaged in the chase were negligent, then even the government entity that has jurisdiction over the law enforcement agency may be a viable party in a personal injury lawsuit. There may be other potential third parties responsible, or the personal injury victim may even file a claim against his or her own uninsured motorist coverage as a last resort.
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