Few people know what to do when they are involved in a car accident with a police officer driving. Do you remain calm and wait for instructions? Or do you try to take charge of the situation? What if you are the one who is injured? What rights do you have?
Car accidents can be frightening experiences, even more so when a police officer is involved. If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to stay calm and remember that you have rights.
If you want to file a claim against the police department, you will need to prove that the officer was at fault for the accident. This can be difficult to do, but it is not impossible. You will need to obtain a copy of the police report and any other documentation you can find. Eyewitness accounts can also be helpful. Our firm is ready to take on your claim.
What Injuries are Common in Car Accidents?
Many different injuries can occur in car accidents. Some of the more common ones include:
Whiplash: This is a neck injury that occurs when the head is suddenly jolted forward and then back again. Symptoms can include neck pain, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
Back injuries: These can range from minor strains to herniated discs or even spinal cord injuries. Symptoms can include back pain, difficulty walking, numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, or, in a worst-case scenario, paralysis.
Head injuries: The effects of a head injury can vary from mild to severe. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.
Will Filing an Injury Claim Guarantee Me a Financial Settlement for the Police Department?
No, but it will give you the best chance to recover damages. You’ll likely have to go through the department’s insurance company to get compensated, and they’ll be looking at several factors to determine how much (if any) money they’ll offer you. This includes how serious your injuries are, how much medical treatment you needed at the time and will need in the future, whether you missed work because of the accident, and more. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate this process and fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Why Should I Hire a Lawyer?
The answer is not always clear, but there are some instances where it may be in your best interest to seek out legal help. Here are some reasons why you might need to hire a lawyer after being hit by a police car:
- You suffered injuries in the collision
- The police were at fault for the collision
- You believe your civil rights were violated during the incident
- You are facing criminal charges as a result of the collision
- The insurance company is not cooperating
No matter what the circumstances of your case may be, it is always a good idea to consult with a lawyer to get professional advice and guidance. We are available to take your call at (225) 240-4053 .